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Have you put off grooming your dog because it seems too difficult? Maybe it doesn’t seem that hard, but you just don’t know where to start. Well, you are definitely not alone. Lots of people don’t even try and just take their puppies straight to the professionals for routine grooming. While pros are definitely great and sometimes necessary, there is a lot you can do yourself to avoid having to use them.
When it comes to home care for your best friend, there are a few tips and tricks you should know before you get started. It’s all about the right products, equipment, and routine.
Read on to learn how these three elements can help you with your dog grooming.
Choose the right products
Choosing the right product for your puppy is essential to properly grooming it. Just as people use different products to achieve a variety of different effects, you should give your pet a variety of products based on their specific needs. For example: if your child suffers from dry skin, bathe them with a shampoo specially formulated for this condition. Addressing the problem directly is the best way to eliminate it.
Consistency is crucial in all areas when it comes to your pet’s wellbeing. Animals thrive in consistent environments, and any change creates the potential for confusion and discomfort. If you’ve never tried grooming an uncomfortable dog, all you know is that it is not an easy task. So make sure you develop consistency. Groom your pet with the same products at the same time of day, in the same place, so you can train them to enjoy the whole process.
Choose the right equipment
Choosing the right equipment is crucial. There are many breeds of dogs with different types of fur, body types, and personalities. All of these breeds have their own needs in terms of the right types of brushes, clippers, trimmers, combs, etc. Make sure you do your research and learn what will best suit your pet before setting up your grooming regimen. Once you have the right gear, you’ll want to keep it organized and clean so it’s always ready to go.
Practice regular grooming
Care should not only be consistent, but also regular. While you shouldn’t bathe your puppy too often, there are other things that need to be done as often as possible. This includes brushing and wiping.
The health of your dog’s fur is so important. The last thing you want your best friend to be irritated by a matted, unhealthy coat. If you have a dog with shorter hair, you can brush once a week to every other week. If your dog has longer hair, it will need to be brushed every other day to once a week.
Matted fur in a dog can not only cause irritation, but ultimately cause infection. When dogs become irritated, they have a tendency to bite and scratch the parts of their body that are causing the irritation. This has the potential to open up the skin, allowing unwanted dirt and bacteria to enter the body. Taking the time to brush your pet regularly with the right equipment can avoid all of this.
One extremely helpful item that many are unfamiliar with is biodegradable dog wipes. These wipes are made with great active ingredients like coconut water and aloe vera to provide the ultimate in comfort for your dog to groom. With no harmful elements, these wipes are used to gently remove dirt, minimize odors and keep your pup clean. Not to mention that they are not harmful to the environment. You can use these wipes to clean your fur, paws, and face as often as needed.
Dog grooming can be viewed as a daunting task that should be left to the professionals. While there are some things that only a professional should do, there are many you can do successfully on your own. It doesn’t have to be difficult either! Just make sure you develop a consistent routine that uses the correct devices, products, and techniques. Grooming your dog regularly will help prevent tangling and irritation, and make him happy, healthy, and ready for a walk!