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A Guide to Grooming Your Dog

If you have a dog, or are thinking of welcoming a pet dog into your life, it’s important that you know about grooming and bathing care. Bathing and grooming your dog will not only keep them clean and healthy, but you and your home as well. Try grooming your dog at home with these DIY tips!

 

Bathing Your Dog

Bathing your dog to get rid of any unpleasant odor or dirt is good, but there are even more important reasons to do so. Regular washing helps keep a dog’s coat and skin healthy and clean, and can help prevent any skin conditions from starting. But it’s important not to over bathe them as well as that can also lead to skin conditions. Essentially, bathe your dog when necessary!

Two important things to remember when training your dog to enjoy bath time is:

  • Teach your dog to associate bathing with great rewards or the things they love
  • Take things slow and easy so that they feel relaxed and comfortable

 

Grooming Your Dog

Brushing and combing your dog’s hair coat is an important part of general pet care. Brushing helps to keep your dog’s coat in good condition by removing loose hair and preventing hair mats/knots. Brushing also helps to distribute healthy natural skin oils over the hair shaft, promoting a shiny coat and helping dirt to slide off the hair. This can also help to reduce the need to bath and therefore reduce the frequency of bathing.

How often to brush and groom your dog will depend on each individual dog. Dogs tend to differ in their need for brushing because of their coat type and length and also depending on their recent activities.

Dogs with short coats generally require less brushing and grooming compared to dogs with medium to long haired coats as these longer coats can get tangles, mats and debris trapped in them more easily.

Some very short-haired dogs may not need traditional ‘brushing’ and for these dogs, owners may instead like to try a soft grooming glove to gently remove loose hair, occasionally.

 

Trimming Hair

In addition to brushing, some dogs may need their hair trimmed from time to time. Your local veterinary clinic can advise and show you how to trim your dog’s hair safely or you may like to organise for the vet clinic or professional groomer to assist.

Common body areas that may require regular hair trimming for some dogs include:

  • Around the eye area, if the hair is starting to obscure vision or cause irritation
  • Hair growing around the anus which is trapping faeces
  • Hair around the chin and lower jaw trapping food or to help prevent lip and chin fold infections
  • Areas where debris (grass seeds, burrs) are trapped in hair
  • Areas where there are hair mats and tangles

 

Read more tips for grooming your dog in it’s original article here.

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