All of us want our doggy friends to look their best, but having them frequently groomed by professionals is not financially feasible for everyone. Here we have for you, the top dog grooming tips to help make your dog look like he just stepped out of a pet salon.
Baby powder is your new best friend for dealing with tangled hair. Sprinkle some on your dog’s tangles, and you will find that you can comb them out a lot easier. An added benefit is that your dog will smell good.
More uses for Flea Combs
For dogs with longer hair or growth on their faces, like Shih Tzus, Schnauzers, and most poodles, a flea comb is great to detangle without causing pain or discomfort. You can also use them to clean goop from eyes and outer parts of ears.
Trimming the hair around and in between your dog’s pads has lots of benefits. It becomes easier to wipe them clean after being outdoors; things such as burrs or thistles don’t tend to get caught as easily, dogs also gain better traction on slippery floors without hair getting in the way.
Appropriate Shampoo and Conditioner
Use cosmetics that have been formulated for dogs, and if possible specifically formulated for particular breeds. Human cosmetics can be harsh and toxic to dogs if ingested. It’s wise to go in for an all-natural shampoo and conditioner. Consult your vet prior to using any cosmetics if your dog has any allergies, sensitivity or skin condition.
You have to make sure that you rinse every last bit of shampoo and conditioner out of your dog’s coat. Left in product can irritate the skin or even cause problems like dry skin, flaking etc. Make sure you use appropriate brushes that suit your dog’s coat type.
It’s wise to have some playtime with or exercise your dog before a grooming session. This will help them stay still and calm while you work on them. This can be especially useful with younger dogs or high-energy breeds.
The “best-kept secret” of the dog grooming world – is out in the open. It’s actually made for horses! But, now there’s a formulation specifically for dogs, and it works as well as the original. It imparts an amazingly soft and silky feel and appearance to your dog’s coat. It also creates a preventive layer that keeps dirt from adhering to your dog’s coat, making it easier to clean after they have been outdoors.
Most owners let their dog’s nails grow too long between trimming sessions. Doggy nails should be trimmed every three to four weeks on average. The thumb rule is that your dog’s nails shouldn’t touch the ground. Any “clicking” noise heard on hard surfaces means that a trim is probably overdue.
After every use, it’s recommended to clean your equipment – brushes, combs, nail trimmers, etc. This helps avoid any secondary infection from bacteria retained by the grooming utensils.
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