Published at Wednesday, 22 May 2019. Dog Grooming. By Jeanna Peres.
This is how often you should groom your dog if you're asking the question, ”What is the least that I should do for my dog as far as grooming?” However, you may be asking the question, ”Is it possible to bathe my dog too much?” As long as you are using shampoos that are gentle and no harsh chemicals, there is no such thing as bathing or grooming your dog too often. You may bathe your dog as often as you like. Make sure, though, that you use the proper grooming products. For instance, it is really not a good idea to use human shampoo for your dog. Sure it may work to clean his hair, but the levels of pH in human shampoo is stronger than the pH level of doggie shampoo. Therefore, if you continuously use human shampoo on your dog, you can actually give him dry itchy skin.
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.
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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