Published at Wednesday, 22 May 2019. Dog Grooming. By Marianne Gerard.
Most pet owners know that the way a dog is treated can have a serious impact on the animal's behavior, and dog grooming is no exception. A regular grooming schedule not only keeps your pet healthy, it can also improve the dog's temperament. Working to ensure that your dog has positive grooming experiences will help him or her be comfortable in many social situations, and it can also deepen the bond between you and your pet.
Rinses, Sprays and Conditioners. Shampoo is only the first step in most good grooming regimens, so you will need to look into other dog grooming supplies as well. Grooming spray, a rinse, and a conditioner can all be used to help keep your dog both looking and feeling his best. Conditioners and rinses can also help to enrich the dog's skin and coat and make it feel smooth and shiny. Remember, a clean dog has a better chance of being a healthy dog, and you can also identify any problems such as mange, demodex or fleas early on when you are bathing and grooming your dog regularly.
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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