Dog Grooming At Home
A true dog lover leaves no stone unturned to provide, purchase, and hire the best for his canine companion. When it comes to the dog’s appearance, most of us have no other thought than the professional grooming appointment. The professional grooming session is a great decision, but one can’t ignore its burden on the wallet; thereby, most can’t afford to make it a routine.
It is recommended you must take your dog to the professional grooming expert every season, which means once in four months.
Well, that does not mean your boy has to remain without grooming for four months. Between two consecutive seasons, you must take this charge yourself. A few home-grooming sessions once in two weeks can do wonders for your furry friends.
Health Benefits of Dog Grooming
The grooming session is mistaken with the improvement in the appearance merely. In reality, it has lots of health benefits. Dog grooming:
- Prevents parasites, ticks, and fleas.
- Improves the quality of your pal’s skin and coat, which acts as a shield against skin infection, irritation, and allergies.
- Is a source of comfort and relaxation.
- Lowers stress, anxiety, and depression, which in turn keeps the Adrenaline level stable.
- Rein aggressive behavior.
- Avoids problems with anal glands.
- Prevent ears and paws infection.
- Prevents urinary tract allergy.
Whether you are an old player in the home grooming field or have recently joined it, there are a few mandatory Do’s and Don’ts that you must know to assure a pro grooming at home.
Dogs are carnivorous. The nails of these canine beings aren’t just a symbol of beauty. They have lots of functions to perform. That is why you must always start the home grooming session by trimming the nails of your boys. Nails’ care is the most important thing to do, but (unfortunately) very much neglected.
If you let their nails grow freely, they will not only give him a beast-like appearance, instead create lots of troubles for him. What if they get stuck in a mat or some other article and crack? The pain is unimaginable.
Health Risks: Often, untrimmed nails get broken, torn, and split. Your dog is at great risk of paws infection at that time, which means zero mobility for weeks.
When to Do: The nail trimming session must be done at least once every four weeks.
How to Do: Usually, the nail trimming session is not considered an amateur thing. Most dogs’ humans wait for another season to come to take their pal to the expert.
Trimming nails may sound complicated, but you only need the correct guidance and tools to do that. You need:
- A clip
- A collar or leash – if your boy is naughty
Start trimming your dog’s nails just above the quick. A better practice is to go slowly and not clip a lot in one go clip too short. That is the trick to prevent hitting a nerve and avoid bleeding and pain.
Whether your boy has a tiny tomboy type hair or is giving a tough competition to Rapunzel, hair care is vital for your boy. For that, make sure you:
- Do Brushing.
- Get your pooch’s hair care products after consulting a vet. A vet will prescribe products as per your pal’s breed, physic, and hair health.
Brushing not only increases your bonding with the animal but also regulates the blood flow by relaxing the muscles of his body. It removes tangles and avoids matting of the fur. That’s what prevents dirt and mud from sticking in and later resulting in a deadly skin infection.
When to Do: You must brush your boy every day; however, shampoo only twice to thrice a week depending upon the season.
How to Do: A dog is said to have healthy hair when it is shiny and tangle-free. For that, you need:
- A comb.
- A Shampoo.
Remember, not to comb your boy immediately after the bathing session. Let him dry and slowly start removing tangles. To prevent pulling on the skin and pain, hold your boy’s hair at the skin.
Ears and Anal Glands Care
When a dog suddenly starts shaking the head or spinning in a circle, he is not being naughty but demanding ears and anal hygiene. To provide that, keep an eye on his ears and anal glands. This step appears weird; that is why it is overlooked.
When to Do: Ears’ inspection must be done twice a week while you must check his anal glands after every bath.
How to Do: Give a bath to your dog. Wet him with his towel. Use ear-cleaning-sticks to clean his ears gently. You must not go deep while cleaning.
Gently apply a dog-friendly soap on his anus while bathing. You won’t feel comfortable, so get gloves for yourself. After bathing, gently apply oil (it should be in minimum quantity) on his excretion point.
Regular brushing with a dog brush and dog-friendly toothpaste is essential.
Combing and Bath Sequences
Never bathe your pal before taking out his knots, tangles, and matting. Follow the brushing-bath-brushing sequence. If you give cleanse to your boy while his fur is yet matted, it will get over much difficult for you to make his hairy surface flawless without cutting off tangles.
The Right Shampoos
Never use your shampoo and soap for bathing your canine companion. Invest in shampoos and soaps that are specifically designed for dogs. Mostly, humans’ shampoos have sulfate, and they act as a slow poison for hair. Similarly, they can damage the furry coat of your boy within no time.
The Right Timing of the First Grooming Of Life
Don’t wait too long to introduce your furry boy to grooming. The earlier you start grooming, the easier it will get to perform the process at hand.
The Pre-Poo-And-Poo Rule
Never leave for the professional grooming session without making his pee and poo. If he is pees or poos at the grooming station, the groomer will not clean it; you will have to. To prevent that embarrassment, you must let him calmly pee and poo.
If you are doing a home grooming session, command your pooch to go and poo.
Grooming is not about getting panicked. It is an enjoyable process. Grooming is a medicine that increases your dog’s love for you.
Happy Dog Grooming!
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