February 1, 2011

The Essentials of Dog Grooming

Filed under: Dog Grooming — Dr. Amber Reed @ 5:11 pm

One responsibility of owning a dog is grooming.  In order to maintain the health and well being of your dog, grooming is a necessity.  While dogs don’t need to be bathed every day, there are 5 essential grooming activities that no dog owner should overlook.  Moreover, depending on the breed of your dog as well as his hair type and overall health, grooming can be a very different endeavor for dog owners.  Nevertheless, hair brushing, nail clipping, bathing, tooth care, and regular haircuts should be a part of every dog’s grooming regiment.

Dogs usually enjoy being brushed and hair brushing sessions give you and your dog an important opportunity to bond.  Indeed, all grooming activities give a dog and his owner time together and many dog owners admit to enjoying grooming once they get the hang of it.  The type of hair that your dog has is important when it comes to brushing.  Long haired dogs should be brushed frequently, even daily, to prevent hair from matting.  Medium-haired dogs are less affected by matting but they should still be brushed regularly, perhaps weekly.  Obviously, short-haired dogs will require the least brushing and these breeds will be satisfied with monthly brushing.

Nail trimming can be a bit tricky because dogs have some nerve endings in the quick of their nail.  If you trim the quick, your dog will not be happy and the nail will likely bleed.  Also, dogs don’t usually enjoy having their nails trimmed, so if you are not confident you should consider taking your dog to a groomer.  Similarly, dogs don’t always enjoy bathing and it can be hectic for the owner as well.  Dogs should be bathed monthly and you can speak to your veterinarian about the best kind of shampoo for your dog.

Clearly, dental health has implications for the wider health of your dog.  Your vet will likely recommend regular brushings, as often as once a week, but there are also dog foods and treats designed specifically to improve your dog’s dental health.  Finally, long- and medium-haired dogs will require regular haircuts.  Cutting your dogs hair can be difficult, so you should find a trustworthy professional to cut your dog’s hair at least once a month.  Remember, the benefits of grooming are extensive.  You’ll have more time to bond with your dog and your dog will look and feel great!

October 13, 2010

Choosing a Dog Groomer

Filed under: Dog Grooming — Dr. Amber Reed @ 9:36 am

One of the key responsibilities of a dog owner is grooming.  Dogs need to be brushed and bathed, they need their teeth cleaned, and their nails trimmed and these are just a few of the grooming needs of your beloved pup.  While many dog owners take on the task of grooming themselves, many others prefer to go with a professional groomer.  Professional groomers are a dime a dozen and you are likely to find many suitable choices in your community.  Nevertheless, you should carefully consider your groomer before putting your dog in their hands.

First of all, you should try speaking to friends with dogs.  They can recommend groomers based on experience.  In fact, word of mouth is one of the main ways that groomers acquire new business.  If your dog owning friends recommend a groomer based on his or her skill and ability to relate to dogs, you can be rest assured that your dog is in good hands.  Still, recommendations are just the first step to finding the ideal groomer.  Once you have narrowed your search to a few select dog groomers, visit each individually and have a look at their facilities.

Reputable dog groomers will be happy to give you a tour of their facilities and answer any questions you have.  When choosing a dog groomer, you want to strike a balance between quality and affordability.  Nevertheless, there are a few qualities of a good groomer that should never be overlooked.

  • Facilities should be clean and well organized.
  • Equipment should be in good condition.
  • Ensure drying cages are hygienic and well maintained.
  • Good groomers offer a wide range of services.

In addition, try to get some information about the groomer specifically.  Choosing a dog groomer with experience (especially with your breed), flexible hours, and a wide range of skills is always best.  Finally, bring your dog to the groomer and make sure he is comfortable.  Your dog’s happiness, after all, is most important.

September 22, 2010

Bathing a Puppy

Filed under: Dog Grooming — Dr. Amber Reed @ 8:41 am

canine healthy coat Bathing your puppy is one of many important aspects of dog grooming and the maintenance of good pet health. Making sure you are giving your puppy good pet healthcare will ensure your pup can avoid skin problems such as parasites, lumps, fleas, or other problems.

how to give a puppy a bathWhile puppies less than 8 weeks old should never be bathed except with plain warm water, older puppies can and should be introduced to a bathing routine that includes shampoo.  Remember that younger puppies cannot be bathed with flea and tick shampoos until around 3 months of age but there are few other bathing rules that restrict you from cleaning your puppy.

When you begin bathing your puppy, you want to give him time to adjust to this new activity.  Many young puppies will be happy to splash around in the bath, but in many cases bathing a puppy may require more patience than you had expected.  You can start by slowly familiarizing your puppy with the bath.  When bathing a puppy, start by luring him into the tub with a treat.  When he is comfortable in the bath, you can start wiping him down with a wet towel.  Gradually introduce warm water and make the bathing experience fun for your puppy.  Eventually, bathing your puppy will become a regular routine that is simple to execute.

Once your puppy is familiar and comfortable with the bathtub, you’ll need to prepare for bathing your puppy.  Comb and brush your puppy’s hair before the bath to remove mats and tangles.  Prepare several old towels on the floor of the bath to minimize splash cleanup.  In addition, you’ll need to choose a gentle bath shampoo that can be worked into your puppy’s coat for around 5 to 10 minutes.  Bathing a puppy should not be too challenging and to minimize bathroom cleanup, it is recommended that you drain the tub while the puppy is in the bath so you can rinse him with clean water and dry him while he is in the bath.

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