Published at Wednesday, May 15th 2019. by Cherelle Deshayes in Dog Grooming.
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.
Grooming your dog is a job (even though it can be fun). And like any other job, it is paramount that you have the proper tools and equipment to complete your task. Please remember that the cheapest tools and products are the cheapest for a reason. You are doing your dog and yourself no favors by skimping on the right products and equipment. If you are on a budget, then be resourceful and find ways to get top of the line products for highly discounted prices. Your dog wouldn't be cheap in caring for you, so please return the favor.
In general, short haired dogs like Boston Terriers can be groomed every two weeks, but longer haired dogs like Schnauzers need to be groomed at least weekly for this reason. Of course there is a big difference between dogs that spend their time outdoors and dogs that spend their time indoors. Most dogs who are outdoor dogs will need to be bathed every five days or so. Inside dogs generally require less bathing. Also you will find that you need to groom your dog with greater frequency as he ages. Older dogs tend to shed hair faster and smell bad more often. If you are new to dog ownership and therefore dog grooming as well, don't worry.
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.
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.
On the whole, if you want a type of grooming product to clip the hair off your dog very quickly and easily then dog grooming clippers are a terrific option, although the motor can often make dogs scared and it is necessary to get them accustomed to it first. They can bring the advantageous highlights of allowing you to groom your dog in the proper fashion and to the desired length – with characteristics such as a rotating motor, changeable blades that are easy to clean and a variety of other professional grooming features.
It is fairly simple to recognize the frequency with which your dog should be bathed simply by observing its behavior. If your dog is scratching or appears to be dirty then it is time to groom your dog. In fact, if your dog is scratching from insect bites, then you have actually waited too long to groom your dog, but the sooner the better. If you notice that your dog is scratching every 10 days then you probably need to groom your dog every week.
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