Make Groom for your dog
Our pets definitely deserve some TLC and ultimately grooming is a crucial part of responsible dog care. Don’t be mistaken for thinking that your dog can take care of this by themselves, sometimes they just need a bit of help and encouragement. It’s also a great way to cement a budding relationship between you and your pooch.
So how do you know what to do and even if you’re doing it right? Here are five tips for taking your dog to groomtown!
A bit like us and going to the hairdressers, most dogs love having a good brush. This is a great communication builder between you and your dog, strengthening your bond and giving them a healthy and shiny coat. You can brush your dog daily, especially if you both enjoy it. This will help you prevent excess shedding, and of course matting and tangling, which occurs more in long-haired dogs. Medium haired dogs need less attention with brushing recommended weekly and short hair at least every few weeks.
Let’s face it this isn’t a fun job for anyone, especially the dog. You have to be really careful when clipping as you could easily trim too short which obviously can hurt and make the owner carrying out the job a little twitchy for fear they may hurt their pooch – a vicious circle. Deciding if your dog's nails are too long is straightforward; the claws should not protrude over the pad and should not touch the ground when standing, if they do then it’s nail clipping time.
Simply the best way is to be as cautious and as precise as you can when doing this, once the dog is comfortable with the process they will be less twitchy and eventually a harmonious nail trimming exercise will ensue (there’s a sentence you don’t hear every day!). Don’t be shy to ask your vet for tips when giving your dog a check-up.
Some dogs with continuously growing hair need their hair cutting as often as every 2-4 weeks, depending on the breed of dog. A grooming salon is great for this but not always the most affordable option. You can learn to do this yourself on a basic level (or an expert level depending on how handy you are with a pair of scissors!) but you may need a few lessons from your groomers or may be fortunate enough to be near a grooming school where you can enrol for a few lessons
We love a relaxing bath don’t we? Candles, bubble bath, perhaps a bottle of champers – so why don’t our blooming dogs behave when we try and give them one?! Most dogs should be bathed at least monthly with a special dog soap-free shampoo depending on their skin and coat’s condition. For more information have a chat with your local vet about what to use and how to use it.