10 Expert Dog Grooming Tipscolby
Being responsible for your dogs grooming is an important part of dog care. Most dogs take care of the basics by grooming themselves, but they need help from us for bigger tasks such as bathing, nobody likes a smelly dog! The most efficient way to go about grooming any pet is to have a routine. Often times, dogs get stressed out during grooming, but if you stick to a set routine, they will know what to expect, and will be more calm.
Here are ten dog grooming tips to make the process easier.
- Determine how often your dog needs a bath
This can be tricky, and depends on the type of dog, and its recent activities. Generally, once a week or every three weeks is sufficient.
- Use a dog shampoo
Don’t use human shampoo. Dog skin is more sensitive than humans and using the same shampoo you use on your head could cause irritation.
- Start by brushing
It will make the bathing process easier and more effective.
- Use a bath mat
We are all to familiar with the struggle of keeping a dog in the tub. Using a bath mat will keep your pup from slipping around.
- Add lukewarm water
Be careful not to burn your dog or make it too cold, and only use about 3 to 4 inches in the tub.
- Don’t spray directly in the nose, eyes, or ears
A plastic cup or a spray hose can help you direct the water where you want it to go.
- Rinse well
Perhaps the trickiest part of bathing, often shampoo is not fully rinsed from your dog’s coat. Make sure to rinse well to avoid irritation and itching.
- Use a low heat setting on the blow dryer
A dryer can be an effective way to keep your dog from making everything in your house wet as he dries, but be careful not to burn them.
- Check for ticks as you brush
You may notice the bugs themselves or small black flecks. Tick shampoo or a call to a groomer will be in order.
- Determine how often you need to brush
Most short coats require weekly brushing, but longer coats may require daily attention.