To make sure you’re grooming your dog correctly, it’s important to understand the best way to carry out the entire grooming process, and exactly what equipment you’ll need. Regular and thorough dog grooming will ensure your pup is not only happy and comfortable, but looks and smells good too.
When a dog is left unclean and ungroomed, there’s a risk of exposing them to pest infestations and infections which can seriously affect their health and comfort, plus it makes cuddles a lot less fun for the owner! The exact grooming process required varies between dogs, as their needs will be impacted by things such as the length of their coat, their size, and their temperament. Get started by following the below tips for grooming your pup:
Keep grooming equipment to hand
Grooming tools aren’t a ‘one size fits all’ solution, as not all tools are suitable for all breeds of dog. For example if your dog has a shorter coat, they’ll require different equipment from what you’d use to brush a longer coat. However, the basic equipment that every dog owner should have to hand includes; a bristle brush, dog clippers, a slicker brush, a rubber brush, and a pet vacuum.
Bristle brushes remove dirt with fine particles from the coat of your furry friend, and can be used on both short and long coats. The slicker brush, on the other hand, is designed for use on long-coated dogs for the removal of tangled and matted hair, whilst rubber brushes are purpose-made for short-coated dogs. All of this grooming will undoubtedly lead to a lot of fur around your home, so the pet vacuum will come in handy to help you clean it from carpets and furniture.
Brush them regularly
The best way to make sure your dog’s gorgeous mane doesn’t get tangled and knotted is with regular brushing. If possible, you’ll need to start this habit when they’re young to make sure they get used to it, and even start to enjoy it! Just like with human hair, doing this regularly will keep it in a good, manageable condition – just be careful and gentle to prevent any discomfort for your dog.
Use the right shampoo
It may be tempting since you’ll probably already have some in your bathroom, but avoid using your own shampoo on your pets. A dog’s coat is completely different to human hair, and so has completely different needs. You can find specific dog shampoo that caters to their unique needs, for example you can find shampoo made for different colours, lengths and thicknesses of coat. And if your dog has allergies or a skin condition look for medicinal shampoo that can help keep them healthy and comfortable.
Clip their nails
It’s a difficult job, but your dog’s nails should be clipped regularly to prevent pain and discomfort when they get too long. Use specialist nail clippers or a nail grinder to trim them down, but be careful to ensure you don’t cut the ‘quick’. The quick is the pink part of their nail that provides the blood flow to the nail, if you cut this part it will bleed a lot and be quite painful for your dog. You can see it quite easily through the nail, so as long as you take your time, pay attention and keep your pup still you can avoid the unnecessary pain.
Hire a professional
There are loads of professional dog groomers around that will be able to pamper your pup for you. You can either book your dog in for a regular dog grooming appointment or take them every now and again as a treat for your pup (and yourself!). They’ll know exactly how to calm your dog down and give them the luxury treatment.
Dog grooming isn’t just about making your pup look good, but it’s great for their health and happiness. Use the tips above to keep them looking and feeling great, and once you’ve completed their first pamper session, have a look at our range of dog collars, bow ties, and bandanas for the perfect accessory to finish off their look.