It is easy to run your pup to the local groomers for a good grooming. However here are some dog grooming tips you, as the owner, can do for your pup that will keep them groomed and healthy between trips to the salon.
First thing to do, especially before you buy any products, is to decide what type of coat your dog has. You will analyze your dogs coat by the length and texture. The types of dog grooming products such as a dog grooming brush, deshedding tools, shampoos and conditioners will all depend on the type of coat as well as the coloring. Today for pets just like humans there are grooming products that are specialized.
Regular cleaning of your dog’s ears will help prevent ear infections. Some breeds are very susceptible to ear problems. Ear washes and wipes are convenient for doing some home ear cleaning. Be sure to be gentle and do not use cotton swabs as a sudden jerk of the head could result in injury. Soak a cotton ball with ear wash or use a wipe to clean the major area of the ears then use a cotton ball soaked with ear wash or mineral oil to get under the folds in the immediate ear area.
Clipping your dog’s toenails can be a challenge with some dogs. If this is your dog this may be a reason to regularly see a groomer. Handling your puppy’s feet regularly while young will make this task much easier when your dog grows. The toenail should not hang below the pad of the foot. Make sure you use proper, sharp clippers that are made for dogs. Gain knowledge of the anatomy of a dogs toenail especially if your dog has dark nails. Keep some styptic powder handy in case you cut into the quick.
A regular brushing maybe every couple of days for a short haired dog or every day for a long haired dog is essential for proper distribution of the oils produced by the hair follicles and keep superficial dirt off. Brushing helps stimulate the circulation in the skin also which helps to keep the dead skin cells off. Brush against the hair to loosen hair that is shedding. Make sure you have the proper tools for your dogs coat type and the particular task you want to accomplish, such as getting a tangle out or gaining control over shedding hair.
Bathing your dog can be done at home or most groomers have a self-serve station as well. A regular bath is required to keep your dog from smelling “doggy” but washing a dog too often will dry out the skin and strip the hair of essential oils. As a standard once a month is enough and actually more like every six weeks would be ideal. Again get the correct dog shampoo and conditioner, if needed, for your dog’s coat type. Get the matts out first, then bath and rinse making sure you get all shampoo off of the dog or it could dry the skin or possibly cause skin reactions.
Some quick daily maintenance will keep your dog clean, healthy and your house free of loose dog hair. One additional benefit from a regular home grooming sessions is the bonding you will make with your pup. In general dogs love the attention and you will feel calmer, more in touch with your best buddy. This can all be achieved through a matter of minutes during the day.