Regular grooming is important for dogs of all breeds – it helps them maintain a shiny, tangle-free coat and gives you the chance to check for parasite infestations and skin issues, improving their overall hygiene. With the lockdown firmly in place, most dog grooming businesses are currently unserviceable. This only gives you an opportunity to learn the basic dog grooming at home!
We've broken home grooming down for you in 5 easy steps:
Bathe your dog with the shampoo designed for them
While grooming your pup, always keep in mind to use a shampoo dedicated for dogs. Shampoos designed for humans have a different pH than what a dog requires. Dog shampoos are designed to keep the fur coat clean, healthy and shiny.
Regularly brush your dog coat
Regardless of breed, your dog will need regular brushing to keep its coat shiny and glossy and prevents matting. The amount of brushing per week depends on your dog’s coat length and texture. If your pup has long hair, a metal brush comb is perfect to keep those strands smooth and lush. A grooming mitt or glove brush is perfect for short-haired dogs.
Trim your dog nails with cautions
Overgrown nails can cause walking difficulties in dogs. Also, long paw nails easily break or curve inwards and even pierce the paw pads. If you have a young puppy, start trimming their nails at home from a young age to get them used to the process. This will prevent your dog from experiencing discomfort from overly long nails.
Use appropriate dog grooming equipment
Depending on your dog’s fur and skin type, a special brush might be necessary. Research online, or ask your veterinarian what kind of brush is most appropriate for your dog’s coat. Similarly, make sure the nail clippers, scissors, trimmer, etc. are all high-quality and appropriate to your dog.
Despite your good intentions and best efforts, your dog might still refuse to remain calm and stand still during grooming. Always go slowly and pay close attention to what you’re doing and your dog’s reaction. Watch for signs of stress, such as trembling, whining, or panting that’s not heat-related, and take a break if needed.