Published at Thursday, 23 May 2019. Dog Grooming. By Garnell Rodriguez.
Thankfully, as human beings, we are able to maintain good hygiene on our own. Unfortunately, your dog cannot practice good hygiene without a little help from you, the pet owner. Many pet owners opt to utilize professional grooming services to pamper their pet. These services are an excellent resource for many pet owners. However, rather than leaving the work to the professional groomers, many pet owners decide to take grooming into their own hands. Before busting out the brush, grooming shears and going to town on Fido's coat, there are a few things that should be considered prior to any type of grooming.
Dog Grooming – The Bath. An important part of dog grooming is the bath. Although it is okay to brush your dog daily, you should not bath your dog too often. Overbathing will reduce the vital oils that help keep your dog's coat healthy and lead to irritation and itching of the skin. Four times a year is a good rule of thumb, but this will vary depending on the breed of your dog and the types of activities you and your pet regularly do. You should consult your vet or a professional groomer if you are unclear of the proper frequency for your dog.
Some dogs have long silky coats – Yorkshire Terriers and Maltese for example – and these need special care. They have little protective undercoat so you need to be very gentle when grooming, particularly as they need daily brushing and combing. Other breeds have long but dense coats, such as Collies, and these just need twice weekly brushing with a pin-brush and combing with a wide-toothed comb. Excess hair will need to be trimmed once a month. Golden Retrievers and others with less dense hair need less grooming – weekly brushing and combing and a twice yearly trim for legs and between the toes. Other breeds require regular – often weekly or even twice weekly – professional trimming and clipping. Poodles and Bichon Frise for example need a lot of grooming so you need to get your dog accustomed to these regular trips to the groomers from when he is a tiny puppy. Unless you are actually trained to do this clipping don't attempt it yourself – leave it to the professionals.
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