Published at Friday, May 24th 2019. by Jacquelynne George in Dog Grooming.
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.
In addition to regular brushing, you should also make sure you keep your dog's nails trimmed–an often overlooked aspect of dog grooming. You will probably want to do this monthly although it will depend on your dog's habits and activities. Make sure you have proper trimmers made for dogs and do not cut them too short. You'll want to stop trimming just before you reach the quick and don't forget to get your dog's dewclaw. Following these routine dog grooming instructions will help maintain your dogs coat and nails but should also be supplemented with a bath.
Basic Dog Grooming Supplies. The most basic of dog grooming supplies that you need is dog shampoo. Dogs cannot use people shampoo because it is damaging to their skin and to the production of necessary and healthy oils that help their coats to be healthy. Fortunately, there are many special shampoos made for dogs that can be used to keep them clean without depriving their bodies of the natural oils they need. When you use any dog grooming shampoo for the first time, be sure to watch your pet carefully afterwards for any sign of an allergic reaction. If your dog is itching or biting at himself a lot, it could be that the shampoo does not agree with him and that you will need to find different dog grooming supplies that work better for your dog's needs.
Other Dog Grooming Products. While shampoo is the most basic of the dog grooming products that you will need to buy in order to groom your pet at home, there are a variety of other grooming tools that you may need as well. These include things such as a brush, nail clippers and even a doggy tooth brush to brush your canine's teeth and avoid plaque build-up. No matter what the grooming product you are buying, you should choose the best product you can find and make sure that it is right for the breed and type of dog you have. For instance, dogs with thicker coats may require a different brush style than dogs with very thin fur and sensitive skin. Likewise, dogs that are afraid of having their nails cut may do better with a dremel than with traditional nail cutters.
Dog grooming clippers can be found at pet specialty stores and some general retailers. A dog who has thick, long, or curly hair will be more difficult to groom at home. With these dogs, expect your grooming to be more utilitarian than chic. But grooming your dog at home can benefit more than just your wallet. Some dogs are afraid of groomers and find the experience very stressful. Grooming these dogs at home should be easier on a high-strung dog or one who is easily intimidated.
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!
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.
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