Grooming at Home

doggroomingDo you have a dog with a thick double coat? Or perhaps one with hair as fine as silk? Although every breed has specific grooming requirements, there are a few tips to follow regarding basic at home grooming. This does not have to be boring and can be tons of fun once you get the hang of it. Keeping Fido looking his best, whether it’s in between visits to the dog groomer or on the way to his first dog show is necessary for overall great health and for emotional reasons too. It helps with bonding. Your canine companion will feel elated once those annoying tangles are removed.

Dedicated dog lovers often fall into the trap of buying too many electric clippers and blades for their furry companions. Although it’s super important to lavish your dogs with the best tools for grooming such as the Oster and Wahl products, do your research before. The Wahl 9590-210 pet clipper kit has great reviews and is a wonderful product because it’s available cordless.

So what should you consider before starting? It’s very obvious, the shorter your furry friends’ coat is, the less grooming he needs. So often, breeds like the Poodle and the Portuguese Water Dog are neglected because they are light shedders. More attention is spent on the German Shepherd, Golden Retriever and Samoyed. Studying the composition of your dog’s coat helps you to understand breed, genetics, and the environmental affects on your dog’s coat, as well as nutrition. Because our canine companions have two types of coats, single or double, also called a two-ply coat, it’s essential to understand the basics of grooming.

Bathing is sometimes confused and sometimes seen as being the foundation of good grooming. This is not the case. Our canine companions only need baths when they’ve frolicked in the mud or on the way to a dog show. Brushing and combing are everyday essentials that only require patience and good grooming supplies that will last for a couple of years. Learning how to effectively brush, bath and groom your dog helps your furry best friend feel good, knowing that you care enough about him in making him feel loved. It’s best to tackle those thick coats that get matted easily right away. Brushing and combing before bathing prevents tangles that sometimes need to be cut away.

Undercoat rakes or long combs helps to remove those loose undercoat hairs that seem to travel everywhere. If your canine companion has a multitude of tangles, begin by using a wide-toothed comb and then change over to a narrower toothed comb. Combining detangling solutions with a mat splitter or mat rake helps break up tangles. Nonetheless, electric clippers always work in extreme cases when you simply cannot remove the tangle. Use these slowly and calmly on your furry friend and never hurry when using clippers. The shedding tool is effective too for removing Fido’s soft undercoat, most especially when he’s shedding. After that comes the slicker brush, which is used for skin stimulation .If your canine companion’s coat is short use a short –toothed comb.

When it’s time to groom your canine companion, you definitely want to consider pawdicures, ear cleaning, anal gland cleaning, daily dental care and tear stain removal. Some of these things are best left to a professional groomer or veterinarian.

Tips For Home Grooming

All our furry best friends require regular basic grooming that will keep them happy, clean and healthy. Hopefully tangle free as well! Deciding on whether to groom Fido at home or at the groomers is up to you. Do your homework when it comes to selecting a good pet groomer. Making sure that your dog is properly socialized prior to having a professional groomer also makes for an easier visit. Nonetheless if you decide to groom at home, here are some tips:

Some clippers do not come with blades. All clipper blades are marked by how close they cut or by their Oster number, size 10 for example. While Oster is a favorite, the other brands are also good. If buying a brand other than Oster, make sure that it’s equipped to use Oster-style blades. Remember that if your clipper breaks, you’ll have to think about either buying new clippers of the particular brand that matches the blades you have or starting from scratch and buying everything again. Sometimes this can be very expensive.

Pawdicures

Accustoming your dog from the puppy stage to the nail clipper is important. Fido’s nails need to be trimmed to prevent splayed toes. Having nails that are not trimmed can also impede your dog from walking properly, and can also ruin his overall appearance. Many pet parents prefer using a pet nail clipper that works like the Dremel tool. Although groomers and veterinarians offer nail trimming, this is one of those things that are easy enough to do from home. You can begin by nipping the tip of each nail every week so that your puppy gets used to this routine. Following that, a pawdicure should only be done once a month or once every 6 -8 weeks, depending on how fast your dog’s nails grow and how often he digs outside.

Nail Clippers

These come in various sizes and all sorts of shapes. Clippers may look like scissors, yet others tend to look like pliers. There’s a pair that comes close to looking like a guillotine and cuts with only a single blade. Because this is by far the easiest to use and also comes in many different sizes to match the specific needs of different breeds, it’s a popular choice. Replacement of nail clippers is necessary because they tend to become dull over time and with frequent use. For the show ring, handlers do tend to prefer a power nail file. This files nails down gently. Nonetheless, if your furry best friend is reluctant to sit still, get a friend to hold him for you. Always remember to reward positive behavior with treats and praise. Dog TV also works wonders when grooming and tends to get dogs to focus on the behavior of other dogs and people, instead of being groomed.

Simple Tips For Bathing & Rinsing

Think for a moment about the last time you bathed your canine companion. Perhaps you ended up sprayed with water? Unfortunately many of us are disorganized when it comes to bathing our furry best friends. Before you begin with bathing, gather all your supplies and have them close by you. Use a natural organic dog shampoo without any harsh chemicals. Also remember to use a canine conditioner.

Place the cotton balls for ears, a washcloth or two, blow dryer, and a few soft cotton towels around you. Before beginning, it’s necessary to brush out all the tangles from his coat. When wet, all the tangles and knots tend to multiply and you end up with many more tangles after bathing. Your veterinarian will have most likely recommended some eye drops to place in your dog’s eyes before bathing. This protects his eyes from any irritation that is often caused by shampoo irritation. Gently place the eye drops in your dog’s eyes. Next, place a cotton ball in each ear, so as to prevent water from entering and to protect against ear infections.

Now, keep your dog close to you and as relaxed as possible. This is a good time to play some classical music or tune in with Dog TV, which will help to relax him. Dogs are less tolerant of hot water than humans, so it’s vital that your water is luke warm and no hotter. If your furry best friend starts shaking and seems cold, check your water temperature. Soak your furry companion gently with warm water. Always check the temperature by allowing for the water to run against your wrist . Then make sure that he’s soaked all the way through to his skin. This may be harder to achieve for thicker coated dogs like the Retriever.

Dogs that suffer from hip dysplasia or arthritic problems may have a harder or more difficult time with bathing. If they have to lie down, be gentle and alternate sides by placing them on a large cotton towel that is easy to move. When you need to wash your injured dog’s other side if allowed by your veterinarian, gently place him on his other side while still on the towel. Be careful never to submerge his head, ears or even neck. The water level should be kept low to minimize drowning, ear infections and to avoid a simple overflow.

Finally work the organic shampoo into his coat and gently lather all over. Lather long coats with the lay of the coat. This tends to prevent tangles. Do the very opposite on fluffy dogs, and swirl the lather against the grain, so as to make their coat stand up while shampooing. Most dogs actually love a good shampoo.

Dogs are less tolerant of being rinsed. Begin by rinsing at the head, and working your way down his body. After that, wrap your furry companion in a cotton towel (some have hoodies) and gently pat dry. Curly breeds need only a pat dry, so as to prevent tangling. Avoid rubbing dry with all curly haired breeds. When drying, use a pet dryer and turn the setting on low, so as to prevent burning his skin.

Maintaining your furry best friend’s appearance, and keeping grooming sessions short and pain free, creates the perfect opportunity for bonding.