Think about how many times a day you self-groom. Brushing your hair, washing your face and hands, filing down your nails so they don’t catch on everything.
You make time to groom yourself, so why not do the same for your four-legged family member? All animals self-groom, but your dog can’t brush out mats or condition their dry skin. Grooming can be overwhelming but with knowledge and practice, it’s easier than you think.
Follow these quick and easy steps below and help your doggo look as good as they feel!
There are lots of different tools available for grooming your dog’s coat. People use different brushes depending on their hair type, the same can be said for dogs.
Pin Brush: Longer coat type (ex. Golden Retriever, Yorkshire Terrier, West Highland Terrier)
Zoom Groom (rubber brush): Short coat type (ex. Labrador Retriever, Boxer, Bull Dog)
Furminator tool: Double coated (undercoat) type (ex. Siberian Husky, Malamute, German Shepherd)
You should always brush with the fur, not against it, and take care not to brush your pup raw. It’s best to brush your dog before and after a bath. Brushing before removes fur that can prevent cleaning. Repeating the process after their dry removes fur that was loosened during the bath.
There are different ways to bath a dog, so find one that works for your pup. Keep in mind that a dog’s hearing is more sensitive than a human’s so running water can be very intimidating. Once your dog is soaked you can apply the shampoo.
Do not use human products on your pet. There are chemicals in human shampoo that can make your dog very sick. They absorb chemicals through their skin and can accidentally ingest it. Dog shampoos have come a long way, and you can find one that will work well for your dog’s coat type. Follow the directions on the shampoo bottle and then rinse. You can towel dry your dog or use a dryer to blow out the coat.
Untrimmed nails can catch on the carpet, grow into pads, get infected, and splay paws. Most grooming shops offer nail trims as a stand-alone service, in case you don’t want to trim them yourself. If your pup has clear nails it’s easy to find the quick, or vein, that runs through the nail.
You will want to trim the nail just below the quick, making sure not to cut into the vein. If you do cut the quick you can use antiseptic powder to clot the bleeding. If your dog has black nails it’s best to take off a little nail at a time until you see a black dot in the area you have cut. When in doubt, just take the tips. In time the quick will push back and you will be able to take a little off the nail.
Why grooming is important
These are the basics of grooming your dog, but they are very important to the well being of your pet. A dog that goes without care can develop health problems. A clean dog is a happy dog. You can assure your pup has a better life by brushing, bathing, and maintaining healthy nail length.