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Grooming routine every dog owner should be doing

Women bathing a dog

Have you ever tried giving a bath to a wolf?

It’s a good thing our pets have become domesticated when it comes to grooming!

You don't need to be a pro to take care of your dog's skin and coat. Here are the most important grooming tips you should be doing:

Brushing

Brushing your dog frequently stimulates hair and skin health by activating the oil glands, making your dog’s coat shiny. Who doesn’t want oohs and aahs from onlookers when strutting at your local cafe?

Brushing is also a great way to spot grass seeds or foxtails after your outdoor adventures and the perfect time to perform a quick body scan to make sure your dog is in good health.

Long haired dogs can be brushed daily while shorter coats need brushing less often. Brushing will also help the coat shed that little bit less (hallelujah!)

Wet white dog in a bath- Doggy Grub Blog- Basic grooming tips

Bathing

Unless your dog has decided to take a nap in a muddy puddle or jump in a stinky pond, bathing once a month is plenty.

In winter, when the weather is cold and fleas are not so active, you can bath your dog less often. You can use dry pet shampoo in between baths.

When bathing, make sure to use reassurance and encouragement: not all dogs are water lovers! Ensure your water is lukewarm, and if your drying with a hair dryer after the initial towel ruff, maintain distance to your dog’s skin to prevent burns.

Tools of the trade

You do not need a whole panoply of tools to fulfil your grooming duties. A good brush or a comb as well as a natural shampoo will get you started. Because dogs have sensitive noses and lick their fur, it’s best to go for a non-toxic, “natural” shampoo.

Small dog being groomed- Doggy Grub Blog

Grooving at the groomer?

Professional groomers are trained to know your dog’s grooming needs, depending on their breed. They have a range of tools and know a variety of techniques to groom all sizes.  

In our hot Australian climate, a professional groomer can help thin your dog’s coat to feel more comfortable.

A groomer will also clean your dog’s ears and clip your dog’s nails which is something most dog owners do not feel comfortable doing.

Remember: a little goes a long way! Keeping good hygiene and a grooming routine will help keep parasites at bay and improve your dog's quality of life.

 

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