Your dog will look and feel better with proper grooming. Grooming sessions enable you to look for indicators of abnormalities in your dog’s hair, teeth, eyes, ears, and nails. The frequency with which you should groom your dog is determined on his size, breed, and coat type.
WHY IS GROOMING YOUR DOG IMPORTANT?
Regular grooming is necessary to keep your dog clean, healthy, and comfortable. Dead hair, skin, dandruff, and filth may be removed by clipping their nails, cleaning around their eyes, and cutting their coats.
Every dog breed is distinct and has various grooming requirements in terms of methods and frequency, so conduct your study on your dog first. If in doubt, consult a local groomer or veterinarian for guidance on how often you should groom your dog and if there are any dangerous locations for their breed to be cautious of.
WHERE SHOULD YOUR DOG BE GROOMED?
“Grooming may be done anywhere in the home,” explains Hayley Byrne-Ingle, a Kennel Club groomer. “However, finding a room with a surface where your dog can’t fall would be ideal to make the grooming procedure as stress-free as possible.” “Bathing your dog should be done in warm water, and grooming your dog should be done in an area where they can get out if they’ve had enough.”
DO YOU SHAVE OR CUT YOUR DOG’S COAT AT HOME?
When it comes to grooming your dog’s coat at home, the equipment you employ are the most critical consideration. “Ideally, your dog’s coat should be clipped and/or shaved by a professional dog groomer. Human hair clippers sometimes have very small blades that may potentially hurt dogs or expose their skin “Hayley explains.
So how can we keep their jackets clean at home if we don’t have the necessary equipment or knowledge? “Rather, get a nice brush — a regular slicker brush would do for most breeds — and brush your dog often. The chest, behind the ears, and legs are all areas that should be targeted” Hayley goes on.
If you’re unsure, contact your dog groomer for tips on how to cut your dog’s coat at home and which clippers to use.
Grooming your dog at home in 10 simple steps
1. The eyes
Wipe the area around your dog’s eyes with a gentle moist towel. Dirt and crust (from tears) tend to accumulate here, and too much accumulation might cause to infection. At this step, look for any symptoms of redness or swelling in the eyes.
Your dog’s eyes must be kept moist. Dry eyes might impair your dog’s vision or cause discomfort. Make sure your dog is in a humidified environment or apply eye drops if necessary.
Artificial tear drops may be used to moisturize the eyes of your dog. Before using eye drops, talk with your veterinarian.
Dirt and wax may also accumulate in your dog’s ears. Wipe the wrinkles and flaps of the ears with a wet towel. To clean the ears, you may also use cotton balls and gauze.
Never clean your dog’s ears at home using Q-Tips (human-style cotton swabs). Their eardrums may be damaged.
Every four weeks, clean your dog’s ears. If your dog generates a lot of wax or gets his ears wet a lot when swimming, you should clean his ears every two weeks.
3. The nose
A healthy dog’s nose is wet the majority of the time. It might be due to dry air, thirst, sunburn, or other factors if your dog’s nose seems dry. It’s typical for a dog’s nose to grow dry at various times during the day, such as after a lengthy snooze. Make sure your dog has lots of water and is in a humidified environment. Using a high-quality balm like Pup WaxTM to keep your dog’s nose wet can assist.
4. Brush your dog’s teeth
If dogs’ teeth are not cleaned on a regular basis, they acquire foul breath. Without regular dental treatment, plaque and tartar will build up on your dog’s teeth. Have you ever noticed that your dog prefers to snuggle on days when they have the most unusual breath? Let’s make it right!
Once or twice a week, brush your dog’s teeth. Do not brush your dog’s teeth with human toothpaste. A little web research can also bring you to the best canine toothpaste products, or your veterinarian may prescribe one for your dog.
Chew toys and high-quality canine dental chews can help you keep your dog’s teeth clean.
Allowing your dog to chew on antlers or some kinds of bones may also aid with tooth cleaning. Confirm with your veterinarian what kind of bones are suitable for your dog, taking into account their size, dietary limitations, and teeth.
5. Comb Your Dog’s Fur
Since we’re trapped in quarantine, your furry companion is likely to grow, well, hairy. Trim and brush your dog’s coat as needed to keep them looking and feeling their best. It turns out that “their best” isn’t after three months of fur growth that makes them resemble a mound of barbershop hair with legs!
In all seriousness, if you detect matted hair, you should treat it right away. Matting limits air circulation and may cause serious medical issues in puppies of all ages, ranging from skin irritation and infected sores to a lack of blood flow and strangulating wounds.
Brushing your dog’s coat on a regular basis helps to eliminate dirt and dead hair, tangles, maintain the coat smooth and lustrous, and prevent matting. A metal brush comb is ideal for keeping long-haired dogs’ strands smooth and luxuriant. For short-haired dogs, a grooming mitt or glove brush is ideal.
Brush your dog’s hair at least once a week to maintain it tidy. Brushing your dog’s coat everyday can help maintain it smooth and detangled if they have curly hair that is prone to tangling and matting.
6. Cut Your Dog’s Fur
It takes a sharp eye and a lot of time to groom your dog’s coat. Make the trimming process more enjoyable by providing a variety of additional treats and having the following easy instruments on hand:
- Clippers for hair
- Straight/curved scissors
When trimming your dog’s hair, start at the neck and work your way down to the tail. A pair of curved or straight scissors is all you need to trim the coat of a short-haired dog. You may start with clippers and conclude with scissors on long-haired dogs.
Allow your dog to stand or sit on a raised table before going to the barber. This allows you to have a closer look of their coat.
Trim your dog’s hair in the direction it grows. Lines appear on their coat as they go against the natural flow of their hair. Hair clippers come with various protections for cutting hair of various lengths. Start with the biggest clipping guard and work your way down to the smallest.
While shaving, make sure the clipper is flat on the coat. This keeps you from shaving too close to the skin of your dog.
Move on to the back and abdomen after the neck. Pay special attention to sensitive regions such as the underbelly, underarm, and hock. Switch to a pair of scissors if shaving these areas with a clipper upsets your dog. Trim away with the scissors, keeping the tip of the scissors pointing away from your dog.
Trim the head, legs, and tail last. Because you may expect the greatest movement in these regions, shave them last. If at all possible, have someone hold your dog as you clip them gently.
While brushing your dog’s face, keep their head steady. Brush their face to uncover lengthy strands, then use the scissors to cut them away. As you follow your dog’s face lines with clippers, be gentle. If you simply want to use scissors, thinning scissors may be preferred since they don’t leave straight scissoring cut lines behind, giving a more natural finish.
Ear flaps, sides of face, and below the jaws should all be trimmed. Remember to groom the brows, particularly if your dog has a lot of face hair.
Trim one leg before moving on to the next. Trim the extra hair between the paw pads using a pair of scissors. The hair on your paw pads tends to retain a lot of bacteria.
To remove extra hair, use paw pads.
Trim the tail using a clipper or scissors after brushing it. Trim the tail to the tip while keeping it stable.
Pup Tip: Always have snacks on hand to keep your dog occupied while you shave.
How To Maintain Your Dog’s Nails And Paws
Overgrown nails may make it difficult for dogs to walk. Long paw nails may very readily break or curl inwards, piercing the paw pads. Not only are they potentially painful, but you don’t want your dog’s nails to seem like they’ve been digging a tunnel to the other side of the planet for the last two days.
Many puppies develop a strong aversion to having their paws or nails touched. Start clipping your puppy’s nails at home while they’re small to get them acclimated to the procedure. During pawdicures, frequent snacks are your greatest buddy!
7. Trim the Dog’s Nails
Prepare your dog for this one by placing him on a table or even on your lap.
Determine where the nail quick begins before you begin. The quick is the area of the nail where blood capillaries are found. Your dog may bleed if this portion is cut, and it may take many weeks for it to recover fully.
If your dog’s nails are white, the quick will be reddish in hue. The quick shows as a black mark on dogs with dark nails.
Cut the nail immediately before the quick, which is a reddish or blackish area.
8. Keep Your Dog’s Paws Clean, Moisturized, and Protected
- Clean between the paw pads with a clean, wet towel.
- Keep your dog’s paws moisturized, protected, and free of cracks. Here’s all you need to know about dry paws. Apply Pup WaxTM on your dog’s paws on a regular basis, particularly if you live in a dry, hot, or cold area.
- Pup WaxTM hydrates and heals your dog’s paws, preventing cracking and discomfort. Over your dog’s paw pads, Pup WaxTM produces a non-toxic humectant barrier layer. This shuts off allergens and keeps the paws from losing moisture.
- If your dog appreciates a nice paw massage, that’s a terrific way to conclude their canine spa day’s paw-dicure segment!
9. Bathe, Dry, and Style Coat of Fur
The majority of dogs only need bathing once or twice a month. Bathing your dog once a week can help eliminate dead hair and pet dander if your dog sheds a lot.
After a relaxing shower with a spray nozzle, dry the coat with a clean towel. A blow dryer can efficiently dry your dog’s coat if it is long-haired.
10. Canine Massage
A qualified groomer is familiar with all of your dog’s major muscle groups and acupressure sites. Check out the guide on successful dog massage methods if you want to learn how to offer your dog some TLC with a relaxing pet massage.
Which Grooming Services Should You Delegate?
As you can see, keeping your puppy’s good looks at home is not difficult – but there are certain duties you should delegate to your veterinarian or a professional groomer. Assessing your dog for skin illnesses and parasites is one of these services. A veterinarian or skilled groomer may examine your dog for skin issues or illnesses that have gone undiscovered. They can provide your dog the greatest treatment and prescribe the best course of action for his or her health if they discover any early indications of sickness. Fortunately, veterinarians are considered a vital service and should be available during these times regardless of where you reside, so be sure to maintain your dog’s regular checkup schedule with their vet.
While isolated, learning how to properly groom your dog is a good skill to practice. Given that you may be spending more time with your dog than ever before, take advantage of the chance to ensure that they are in the best possible health!