Today I would like to welcome Meredith Zacharias from HairClippersClub.com to the blog today. Meredith would like to share with us some dog grooming tips. We have talked before about how grooming is important for your dog’s health. Let’s jump right in and hear what Meredith has to add!
Dog grooming is undoubtedly important for all dogs irrespective of the breed, size or age. However, the grooming needs may differ from one dog to the other due to the varying genetic characteristics like coat type, body size, and shedding. Also, environmental conditions and many other factors will dictate the how and when you groom your dog. Understanding these differences and learning the most comfortable and efficient dog grooming techniques is necessary to guide your tool selection and scheduling the grooming session. It is also important to identify your dog’s response to grooming so that you can take preventive measures to control any form of grooming anxiety or fear before it manifests into aggression.
Dog grooming is a necessity to keep your dog attractive, comfortable and healthy. Below are some hair clippers club experts’ insights on how to understand your dog’s grooming requirements and tips to help you make the grooming experience easier and enjoyable. Whether you are starting a career as a pet groomer or you are a dog owner who wants to save money through DIY dog grooming, these tips can come in handy.
Why is Dog Grooming Necessary?
If you are a professional groomer or dog owner, you might have gone through training to learn the best dog bathing, brushing and trimming skills but it is also vital to understand the most suitable practices for every dog. Understand the dog’s overall health, what you need to check, choose the best tools such as clippers, dog shears and combs and most importantly the type of fur for different dog breeds. Only this way you will achieve the maximum grooming benefits. Some of these benefits include:
- Regular grooming maintains a healthy skin and coat.
- Nail trimming keeps the paws smart, promotes a strong foot structure and posture and also reduces the risk of infection.
- A well-groomed dog smells nice and is always attractive.
- Grooming helps to early diagnosis of skin, teeth, ears and eyes infections to treat them before they escalate into big issues.
- Well moisturized and brushed coats reduce shedding.
- Regular baths and trimming also keep your dog fresh, comfortable and happy.
- Regular grooming helps you understand your dog’s body and strengths your relationship with your 4-legged friend.
5 Things You Need To Know About Dog Grooming Needs
1. Getting your dog used to handling
Most dogs dislike grooming sessions for various reasons, maybe they are irritated by the noisy tool or uncomfortable with handling and this makes the grooming session a stress for dogs and very difficult for you. You should train your dog to get used to handling including touching sensitive areas like the ears, paws, tail, eyes, the groin, and the rear part. This training should start at the youngest age possible so that when the dog is mature it will be comfortable with different styles of handling.
2. Turn the grooming from torture to treat
You should make the grooming sessions enjoyable and comfortable for the dog. It is advisable to start with short less intensive sessions and then adding more as your dog will accept reward with various treats after grooming. Hugs and compliments during and after the grooming works. You also need to remain positive and calm when grooming as dogs will sense your anxiety and may become stubborn as a result. The first few sessions may be stressful but with time the dog will be used to it and actually like it.
3. Know your dog’s coat type
Different dogs have different type of coats hence require different grooming practices. Some dogs have short hair which doesn’t need regular trimming; others have long but soft hairs while others may have thick and coarse coats. Some dogs require regular hair trimming while others will just do with simple brushing. Understanding the type of coat will also guide you in choosing the right tools and determine how frequently you need to groom your dogs. For instance, thick and coarse coats require use of powerful and variable speed clippers to smoothly and quickly cut the hair without hurting the dog. The best approach is to learn the coat type (short, smooth, silky-course, wire or wool), select your perfect tool and workout your grooming sessions.
4. Regular trims are important but how short
You should never shave your dog completely as the fur on the body has got a purpose. If your dog has short hair, regular brushing can be enough to help the dog shed dead hair and to distribute the natural oil on the coat for a shiny and smooth appearance. If your dog has long hair you can trim it to at least an inch or half an inch. The coat is important in:
- Regulating the dog’s body temperature.
- Skin protection.
- For sensory perception.
5. Diet matters too
The health of the dog’s coat depends on the kind of foods consumed by the dog. A poorly balanced diet like the low-quality commercial feeds or home-made diets will make the coat dull and irritate the skin. To maintain a good looking, moisturized and healthy skin and coat it is important to ensure that the dog’s diet is rich with important nutrients such as vitamins, proteins, omega-6 and fats among other minerals needed for hair growth.