Published at Saturday, 25 May 2019. Dog Grooming. By Nouel Beaumont.
Proper knowledge of dog grooming entails your understanding of your particular breed of dog and the grooming protocol required. There are different procedures that must be followed if the dog has short hair as opposed to long hair. There are different requirements depending on the age of your animal. And of course each breed has its own unique peculiarities. On average, most dogs need to be groomed at least bi-monthly. Some need to be groomed much more often than this. Some need to be groomed slightly less often.
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.
It is best to prepare for your pooch's bath time by using a special doggie comb to detangle mats that may be in his coat. There are actually several detangling sprays available that can facilitate gentle combing of the dog's coat so that the bathing process is more successful. If you attempt to shampoo your dog's coat without having first brushed the tangles, you will find the detangling process to be an arduous task. Please remember to first use the specialized detangling spray. If you simply try to comb the knots out dry, you will inflict considerable discomfort upon your pet. Very simply, if you are in doubt then comb your dog's hair the way you would comb your own detangle, wet, shampoo, dry, comb.
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