Monday, 16 June 2014

The Importance of Dog Grooming

Why Should I Groom My Dog?

A regular grooming routine has many benefits for both you and your pet.

-Creates a strong bond between pet and owner

-Dog looks and smells great

-Dog gets regular health checks

-Prevents parasite infestation

-Prevents knots and mats

-Creates manageable healthy coat

-Dog feels healthy and happy

How should I groom my dog?

1. Brush out thoroughly every day, this will remove loose & shedding hair and keep the coat free of mats, twigs, stick etc... It will also spread natural oils through the coat giving a healthy sheen while removing dust & dirt.


2. If you Bath your dogs at home, make sure they are mat free before you bath. Run a Comb though to the skin to double check. Wet mats will tighten up as they dry creating a bigger tighter mat that is harder to remove.


3. Use quality shampoo & conditioner, poor quality shampoos may dry the coat, cause dandruff and flaking, irritate the skin, and lead to itching. Always rinse well, even the best shampoos will cause itching if left in the coat.


4. If your dog has long nails, a few swipes from a heavy duty nail file daily will keep them from getting to long AND the friction from the nail file will cause the quick’s to recede, resulting in shorter nails.


5. Wipe out your dogs ears weekly with a soft cotton ball and ear cleaner, clean ears are less likely to get infections & irritations. You will also be more likely to notice right away if they do become infected. Do not clean deeper into the ear than you can see as you can damage the ear canal. (Just like your own ears)


6. If you find a mat, use a de-matting/silicone spray to lightly mist the area, and let sit a few minutes, gently brush the mat out working a small section at a time


7. Never use scissors to cut out mats unless you can CLEARLY see where the skin is and place your fingers between the skin & the mat. It is very easy to cut skin when trying to remove a mat with scissors.


8. A properly brushed coat can be parted at anyplace, showing the skin, You should be able to run a metal comb though the coat and down to the skin without snagging.


9. Make sure you have the proper tools for your pets coat. Not all Brushes are created equal. And even the best brush, if used improperly will not give the desired results. You may also need other items such as combs & de-mat spray.


10. Make it fun! Brushing your dog is a great way to bond. You should always make sure it is a positive and enjoyable experience for you and the dog. Use lots of praise, cuddles and treats to encourage them.

For a professional service please contact your local dog groomer.

Copyright Poodles and Pompadours / Watt-a-Dog

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