A well groomed dog is his owner’s pride. I’m sure you know what I mean.
Taking your dog to a professional groomer is very good, but why miss out on bonding with your dog and knowing more about your dog's body.
Also, wouldn’t you just love to take your dog on walks and show him off to your friends every chance you get?
Well, there would be no show-off if your dog isn’t well groomed.
Yes, dogs come in different shapes and sizes. Some have thick fur, while others don’t. All the same, they need to be well groomed.
And trust me, asides the adorable fun and you saving some money, your dog's mood will be high as a kite.
If you want to learn how to properly groom your dog, then keep reading as I will be giving you some dog grooming tips and tricks.
These tips will help you keep your dog breathtakingly handsome.
Brush your Dog's Fur
Before you start your dog's spa routine, the first grooming tip is to brush your dog's fur.
I know you are asking why:
Because we humans just jump right into the shower.
But dogs are different.
Grooming your dog's fur with a comb or brush will help remove dead hair, tangled hair, and mats, and will make bathing easier, faster and less painful for your dog.
Regular grooming of your dog's hair will also keep his body in great condition by removing dirt and spread your dog's natural oils throughout his coat for a healthy shine.
Brushing your dog is also one of the best times to check for fleas and ticks. It is recommended that you brush your dog's at least once a week.
Bear in mind that the way you brush your dog, the type of brush to use and how often greatly depends on your dog's coat type.
Here are a few things you should do should consider before brushing your dog's fur:
Bathing your Dog
After brushing your dog's fur with the right tools, it's time to bathe your dog clean.
Most dogs don't like bathing.
But you know better than your dog.
Bathing your dog keeps the coat and skin healthy, free of dirt and all kinds of parasites as well as skin irritations.
It keeps his skin fresh and gives him a very pleasant smell. Nobody including you wants to be around a smelly dog.
It is recommended that you bathe your dog at least once every month, but some may require more frequent baths if the dog spends a lot of time outdoors or has skin problems.
Dogs with oily coats like the Labrador Retriever and Basset Hound might need to be bathed once a week.
Dogs with thick double coats like the Australian Shepherd and Malamutes require fewer baths and a lot of brushing.
Dogs with water repellent coats like the Otterhound and Great Pyrenees should be bathed less often to preserve their natural oil.
Here are some tips for bathing your dog:
Shower Hack For Dog Owners :
When you place your dog in the tub, you can spread some peanut butter on the side of the wall he is facing. He will be distracted by it, and it will be easier for you to give him his bath.
This will also make him excited next time you want to give him a bath, knowing that he’ll have some peanut butter to flirt with.
Dental Care (Brushing his Teeth)
Your dog's mouth care is just as important as yours. Brushing your dog's teeth daily keeps your dog's teeth strong and mouth healthy away from deadly bacteria.
Most dog owners find it tough to do it daily so you can go two to three times per week. If you can do it every day, all the better.
Plaque-forming foods can cause build-up on a dog's teeth as well which could potentially lead to gingivitis and tooth loss.
So be careful what you feed him. Here are some tips you should bear in mind in order to care for your dog's mouth properly:
RECOMMENDED Toothbrushes & Toothpastes
- Duke's Double-Ended Dog Toothbrushes. It has a small head and the bristles are very soft.
- PenVinoo RosyLife Pet Dog Soft Toothbrush
Your dog's wide and beautiful eyes are the windows to his soul. Taking care of those windows is essential to movement and overall health.
If those windows are dirty or irritated, this could spell trouble.
Regular home eye checks for inflammation, tearing or cloudiness that may indicate a health problem should be your priority.
Here are some tips to keep you ahead of checking your dog's eyes:
Dog Ear Care
Part of your dog's grooming routine is taking good care of his ears.
Your dog's ears are very sensitive and regular maintenance can prevent infections. In fact, ear infections are part of the top three reasons dogs are taken to the vet.
Yes, it is very serious.
Check your dog's ears weekly if you can. Here are a few tips to help you clean your dog's ears properly;
Dog Nails Care
Regular and proper nail maintenance of your dog can spike up the levels of your dog's health. Unhealthy nails can cause pain for dogs.
Once your dog's nails are too long, you need not be told what next to do. There are two basic styles of nail clippers for dogs: a scissors type and a guillotine type. They are both efficient so choose the design that you are good with.
Here are a few tips that can help you in trimming your dog's nails;
Dog Grooming FAQs
How do you keep a dog’s head still when grooming?
This is a tricky question, especially for first time groomers. The major challenge here is getting your dog acquainted with the clipper and the buzzing sound it makes.
At first the clipper would seem strange to him, but as time goes by, he would become used to it.
Make sure you turn on the clipper right in front of him the first time you want to use it. You can gently graze the clipper across your palm so your dog would know it’s not a harmful tool.
When you begin shaving, start from the top of his head or behind his ears, since those are his “sweet spots”. You can gently caress his jaw while you’re at it, as this will make him more relaxed.
At what age should I start grooming my dog?
You should start grooming your dog as early as possible. If you have a puppy, then make grooming a culture, one that he would get used to.
It is also easier to train a puppy, so grooming them at an early age is the best bet. This will make it easier to groom when they are older.
How often should I get my dog groomed?
It depends on the breed and fur type of your dog. Some need to be groomed once a day, while others need to be groomed once a week.
How do groomers calm dogs?
An anxious dog may calm down if a towel is placed over his eyes.
Dog groomers also use a second tether, tied around the dog’s waist or looped under one of the front legs to keep the dog still.
Another way to calm an anxious dog is by giving him treats and petting him.
Do groomers give dogs sedatives?
Giving dogs sedatives to keep them still is not only unethical, it is also illegal and dangerous.
The exception would be when a qualified vet prescribes sedatives for grooming sessions. Anything other than that is wrong.
Do dog groomers use muzzles?
Sometimes they do, but only with dogs that have a tendency of snapping. If your dog is one of such dogs, then muzzle up.
What scents relax dogs?
Lavender is a good natural scent that can put dogs at ease. You can pair it with cedar wood for better results.
Other calming scents include chamomile, orange, lemon, bergamot and rose.
What causes dog fur to get matted?
Mats are formed when dog hair gets entangled and wrapped around themselves. This forms tightly wound chunks of loose fur, dead & alive.
To prevent the trapping of more fur, you need to brush them out regularly.
Grooming your dog is definitely more than aesthetics or cosmetics. It's making sure your dog is healthy physically as the opposite can affect your dog's overall health.
Dogs often become nervous during the grooming process as they are unfamiliar with it so the best way to make sure your dog remains calm is to establish a regular grooming routine as early on in his life as possible.
Pet your dog to make him feel comfortable or offer some nice treats to encourage co-operation and in due time, he'll get used to it.
Take your time to groom your dog, but if you feel it's too much for you or you wouldn't have the time, take your dog to the best professional groomer near you.
A properly groomed dog is a happy, healthy and dashing dog and who doesn't like a dog with all three qualities!