Dog grooming not only makes pooches look pretty, it's good for their health. Here's our tips on how look after your dog's coat, and how to choose the right groomer for your pet.
- How to check your pooch from tail to toes
- Regular bathing ensures your dog - and your home - smells sweet
- How to find the right dog groomer for your pet
The three best reasons to groom your dog
Dog grooming removes loose hair and prevents matting, which can cause discomfort. Regular brushing removes dirt and helps to distribute the skin's natural oils, keeping your dog's coat soft, shiny and in good condition.
Regular brushing is good for their coat
It's a chance to check over your petGrooming gives you the opportunity to pay special attention to your pet's health and well-being. You can check for parasites, skin problems, unusual lumps and bumps and to make sure your dog isn't losing or putting on too much weight. If you find anything suspicious, get a vet to take a look
Fresher dog, fresher homeAs a dog owner, you'll know about that doggy whiff that can linger in your home! Dog grooming to keep your dog clean and its coat and skin in good condition should eliminate the pong around your house.
Grooming gives you the chance to pay special attention to your pet's health and well-being.
Get grooming from top to toenails
Should be clear and bright. If there is any discharge or redness, this can indicate a problem, so should be checked out by a vet. Trim hair that grows over the eyes to prevent irritation and to make sure your pooch can see where they're going.
EarsCheck your dog's ears regularly, especially if your dog has long droopy ears. But a dog's ears are very sensitive, so be gentle. If their ears seem fine, then leave them be.
TeethCheck your dog's teeth and gums each week. Provide them with chew toys and dental chews to help keep their teeth healthy.
Speak to a vet if your dog has persistent bad breath, as it can be a sign of tooth decay. Make sure your pet insurance covers dental treatment.
CoatBrushing should be a pleasant experience for your dog, so get them used to their brushes and combs from a young age.
Different breeds will need different types of brushes depending on their coat. Short-coated breeds naturally need less brushing than long-coated breeds.
If you come across any tangles, tease them out with your fingers. With matted fur, it may be best to trim away the knot rather than brush it out.
BathingMost dogs with a healthy coat won't need bathing unless they're particularly muddy or have rolled in something unpleasant. Bathing your dog too often can dry out its skin and cause problems.
When you bathe your dog use a special dog shampoo. A vet will be able to recommend one. Before you get started make sure your dog isn't over excited or afraid. Try to introduce them to bathing slowly and make it a positive experience.
PawsCheck footpads to make sure there are no cuts or infection. Gently remove any grass seeds and burrs that get stuck between footpads.
NailsRegular exercise should naturally wear down nails, but if nails are getting too long, they will need to be trimmed. Speak to a vet about how to do this, or take your dog to a reputable dog groomer.
Choosing a dog groomer
If you prefer to leave the dog grooming to an expert, here are our top tips for choosing a dog groomer:
- Ask for recommendations from your vet or other dog owners
- Visit the groomer without your dog first
- Check references and that they have the right insurance
- Find out how they keep your dog safe during its stay
- Make sure they ask for proof of vaccination before they take your dog
- Ask if they use positive, reward-based methods to settle your dog
- Check how much time they allow for each grooming