Published at Thursday, May 16th 2019. by Varden Jacquet in Dog Grooming.
Dog grooming is important for a healthy dog and to keep him looking and smelling good too. All dogs have an inclination to roll in something smelly if given the chance. Dog hair is, to some extent, self-cleaning – but not to the point that your dog will never need a bath! There will be times when you need to do some dog grooming and also bath your dog – so you should have got your puppy used to the process as early as possible. If you have a long-haired breed you will need to regularly groom your dog – less so for the short or smooth coated breeds. Let's look at the different types of dog grooming you may have to do, according to breed, and then look at how to go about bathing your dog.
Before you just throw your dog in the bath and start lathering up you should be adequately prepared. Get your shampoo (made for your dog not human shampoo), some brushes or combs, a washcloth, some cottonballs, a towel or two, and any other equipment or products you might need. You might want to use a detachable spray hose for your bath and a rubber mat makes a good idea to prevent slipping and sliding. Large breed dogs will most likely have to use the bathtub with the rubber mat on the bottom, but smaller breeds can use a plastic basin or rubber storage bin.
Virtually all dog grooming clippers are a type of grooming product that let you clip the hair off your dog very quickly and easily to reach the desired length. They comprise the unique qualities of a rotating motor, changeable blades that are easy to clean and a variety of other professional grooming features. Conventionally they are chosen by professional dog groomers or people who want to properly groom their dog themselves. A few specifics you must understand relating to dog grooming clippers as a selection for a type of grooming product are talked about below.
What Type of Grooming? Will you be simply brushing out Fido's coat or providing a full on manicure — brushing the coat, shampoo and conditioning, clipping toenails, brushing teeth and trimming. Before sitting down to groom your dog understand what dog grooming supplies you need to have on the ready. Where Will the Grooming Take Place? Be prepared for a uncooperative pup. Professional groomers utilize grooming aids, nooses and leads, and other special equipment to complement the dog grooming area. Chances are that you do not have such supplies at home and must utilize household items like bathtubs and your everyday leash. (You are able to purchase dog grooming nooses and leads if you feel it would be beneficial to aide in restraint.)
Different breeds – different coats. Smooth coated dogs such as Boxers and Whippets are the easiest to look after when it comes to dog grooming. Use a chamois, hound glove or a soft bristle brush. Those that have a denser coat with an undercoat – such as Labradors – need more grooming as they moult a lot more – as anyone with a Lab will tell you! Use a bristle brush for them, and finish off with a comb paying particular attention to the tail and neck where the hair is thickest. Treat wiry coated dogs in the same way, but with these you will also need to have the longer hair 'stripped' once a month using a stripping comb. You will also need to take these breeds – Wire-haired Dachshunds and Fox Terriers for example – to a professional groomer about 3 or 4 times a year to have the coat reduced.
When you first start out using dog grooming clippers, you don't want your expectations to be too high. Chances are you'll be giving your dog a simple, practical cut rather than styling him like a professional would. Then again, if you do a beautiful job first time out, maybe you should consider a career change! Most people who groom their dogs themselves accept that they're trying to make their dog clean and comfortable, not ready for the show ring. But even if you only use dog grooming clippers to maintain your dog's hair and send him to the groomer every six months or so for a complete workover, you can save hundreds of dollars.
The best part about setting a regular grooming routine for your dog is that it makes having a dog more enjoyable. Clean, well-groomed dogs are a pleasure to snuggle and cuddle up with, and the extra attention goes a long way toward establishing a life-long bond between you and your pet. While dog grooming may be challenging at times, and you may lose your patience sometimes – stick with it. The benefits of dog grooming are well worth the effort!
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