Grooming your dog is important for both your pooch and you the owner. It gives you an opportunity to connect with your pooch and make sure their coat and skin is healthy. Ideally, you should groom your dog once or twice a week. Depending on the breed you own, a groom can take as little as 5 minutes or up to an hour if you own a breed such as a Golden Retriever.
Brushing your pooch while he is shedding is a must and will greatly control the amount of fur your pooch sheds. Brushing also gives you the opportunity to find burs or other defects in his hair which you would want to remove quickly.
Tips For Grooming Your Dog
When you groom your pooch, you should always start with a good brushing. Brush the entire body, then once you have finished brushing you can switch to a comb to get out any loose hair that remains in the coat. While removing any hair, you can also inspect your pooch for ticks, fleas, and other types of skin ailments. At this stage is it also a good idea to check the ears and trim the nails.
Bathing your pooch will give you best results for a groom. Before you attempt to give your dog a bath, you should always brush him or her first, to get rid of any tangles. Make sure you use a made for dogs shampoo, preferably an organic shampoo that is soft on the skin. You don’t need to bathe your dog every time you groom, but once every other week is ideal.
To prevent matting, which is very common with breeds like Golden Retrievers, you should always make sure that you brush your pet on a daily basis. Metal combs and brushes work extremely well, and will help you to get a great deal of the hair out. You can use a pair of quality dog grooming scissors to cut out matts. Ball tipped dog grooming scissors are best as they won’t injure injure your dog if he or she happens to move or jerk. Regular brushing and bathing will help to prevent matting of the hair.
Trimming the Nails
You should never let your dog’s nails get too long, as long nails can easily take the shape of the dogs foot, resulting in a splay. You should always check your dog’s nails and trim them every few weeks. When you cut your dogs nails, be sure to avoiding cutting into the quick. If you trim the nails just right, you’ll won’t have to trim them for at least 2 weeks. If you do happen to accidentally trim the nails past the quick, bleeding will occur.
When grooming, you should also make sure that you clean your dog’s ears. Dog ears are prone to infections and if you don’t clean their ears on a regular basis, you probably start seeing them scratch behind their ears. When this happens be sure to check their ears as an infection could lead to other problems. To get the best results and protect your pooch from ear infections, you should clean his ears once a week using a quality cleansing solution.
Grooming your dog can be a special moment you both you and your pooch. Regular grooming keeps your pet healthy and happy. And there is nothing more we want for our pets than for them to be happy. All it takes is a little bit of tender loving care and time in your day to groom your pooch to keep her healthy.