Published at Wednesday, 22 May 2019. Dog Grooming. By Frederic Ferrer.
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.
There's a reason dogs are referred to as ”man's best friend,” and most people want their pet to be clean, comfortable, and part of the family. There are plenty of expenses in having a dog as a pet, and grooming is one of them that can really add up. But if you take the time to choose a good set of dog hair clippers and learn to use them properly, you can cut down on grooming expenses over taking your dog to the groomer. And in many cases, your dog will be far less stressed being groomed in his own home. It can be a win-win situation for you and your dog.
Choosing the right shampoo to groom your dog is a matter of trial and error as you find a product that works well for you and that doesn't irritate your dog's skin. Some pets have more sensitive coats and skin than others, so be sure to pay attention to how your dog reacts after a bath. If your dog is licking or biting excessively at himself or itching a lot after the bath, the shampoo you have chosen may be the culprit. Opting for mild or organic shampoos is a good way to avoid your dog having an allergic reaction or other problems caused by a bath, so try to find products in this category when selecting your dog grooming products. Some shampoos and grooming products offer special features that can help to make your dog safe. For instance, it is possible to get shampoos that contain natural materials to deter fleas and ticks. When used over time, your dog may become more resistant to these harmful pets.
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