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Dog Grooming Tips From The Groomer

We’ve put together some advice and information for maintaining your dog’s good looks and healthy coat between grooming visits. Grooming is a basic need of all dogs, just like us they need regular personal maintenance to keep them looking and feeling good. Your dog’s grooming needs will be dependent on coat type, so here are some helpful tips to help you get the best results:

Dog Grooming Tip 1

Brushing and Combing Your Dog

Almost every dog enjoys the feeling and the attention they get when being brushed. Regular brushing will help maintain a healthy coat and healthy skin as well as leaving your dog looking good. The time taken and the regularity of brushing will be dependent on the dog’s coat type, here are a few general guidelines:

Long haired or thick coated (eg. woollen type coats) require daily brushing to prevent tangling and matting in the coat

Medium hair or average thickness coats should be groomed at least weekly to prevent or remove tangles and matts

Short haired (smooth coated) dogs can go for up to a month between brushing, but you may wish to do this on a more regular basis to remove dead skin and hairs from the dog’s coat

Regardless of your dog’s coat type, you can brush your dog daily – your dog will enjoy the experience and attention and have some ‘quality time’ with you. Frequent brushing will always help remove dead skin, debris and dead hairs from the dog’s coat, leaving your dog looking and feeling good as well as improving the health of their skin and coat.

Brushing A Dog’s Coat

Adopt a routine for brushing your dog, begin at the head and work along the body to the tail, then each of the legs (not forgetting the insides of the back legs and the chest). Always brush the dog in the direction of the hair growth on it’s coat. A dog grooming brush with stiff bristles is preferable, but for those thicker or more difficult coats you may wish to purchase a ‘pin brush’ from specialist pet stores. If using a pin brush be careful not to press to hard or ‘over brush’ one area, as skin grazing may occur. Regular brushing will assist with distributing the dog’s natural oils through the hair, producing a healthy and shiny finish to the dog’s coat.

Combing A Dog’s Coat

Stainless steel dog combs, in a variety of styles and sizes, are available from specialist pet stores, purchase one that is easy for you to handle and suitable for your dog. Comb in the direction of the hair growth until the comb runs freely through the coat. When using a combination grooming comb (different teeth spacing along the length of the comb) begin with the wider spaced teeth and then follow with the narrower spaced teeth to get best results.

Grooming For A Puppy

Healthy puppies are playful characters with a short attention span! Just like children, they will require special attention and lots of patience. Choose a time when your puppy is less energetic to start grooming and use short brushing sessions, no more than about 5 minutes each time. Constantly talk to the puppy to reassure him/her that everything is fine and to praise them and make them feel comfortable. Whilst grooming your puppy use the opportunity to check eyes, ears, teeth and paws, this will accustom him/her to being handled and checked over – making grooming a more enjoyable experience as they grow up. Bear in mind that puppies of most breeds of dogs begin life with a thicker woollen-like soft puppy coat, that lasts for the first few months of it’s life.

 

If you encounter severe knotting or matting whist grooming your dog try cutting into the mass with a small sharp pair of scissors, several cuts – always cut ‘away’ from the dog’s skin. Don’t be tempted to simply cut out the whole matted area, this will leave a gap in your dog’s coat that can’t be repaired until the hair has re-grown. If you have any doubt or concerns about matts or knots in the coat, contact us for further advice or to arrange a visit.

 

Dog Grooming Tip 2

Ear Care For Your Dog

Check your dog’s ears regularly, they can be a haven for bacteria and infections if not kept clean. Dog’s who have ears that hang over the ear canal, particularly long haired breeds, tend to experience more ear problems than those dogs who’s ears stand upright. An enclosed ear canal will be warmer and less ventilated, creating conditions that will allow fungus and mites to thrive, and ear wax to accumulate.

The insides of your dog’s ears should be pink, clean and odourless, check them at least weekly. A gentle wipe over with a soft cloth or wad of cotton wool with warm water or specialist ear cleaning fluid is all that is needed for general maintenance. We do not recommend that you insert any objects or implements into your dog’s ears, as this risks causing permanent damage to the dog’s hearing if used incorrectly – so tweezers, haemostats, scissors, etc, are best left to those with professional training. Should you find that the ears have excessive wax, mites (indicated by large black areas in the ear canal), any visible blockage or have a foul smell coming from them, then we recommend that you bring this to the attention of your vet for diagnoses and treatment.

We will check and clean the dog’s ears on each of our grooming appointments and remove excessive hair from the ears safely. This should be sufficient for ear hair removal for the majority of dogs.