Regular dog grooming is an important part of looking after your dog, even if it seems they have this covered. If you don’t have a routine or don’t know where to begin, start small. Attempting one task a time is a good place to start such as brushing one day and bathing the next. The shorter each session is, the better. So what can you do to make the process easier?
There are a few easy things you can do when brushing your dog. As you brush your dog you can check for ticks, which are small bugs you may notice or small black flecks on your dog’s skin.
You will quickly work out how often you will need to brush your dogs. Shorter coats may only need brushing once a week whereas longer coats may need brushing daily. If your dogs coats is smoother and short, a rubber brush is best for this. If they have a short but dense coat you will need a slicker brush to remove tangles and then a bristle brush after. For longer coats, a slicker brush will need to be used to remove tangles and remember to be gentle when removing mats. Finally? Don’t forget their tails and feet!
After you’ve brushed your dog, this is a good time to give them a bath as it will be easier and more effective. But how often should you give your dog a bath? This will depend on the weather and what your dog has been up to. You may want to wash them once a week or leave it to once a month. Don’t forget that dog skin is different to our own and they will need their own mild shampoo so as not to irritate them.
If you’ve managed to get them in the bath, a bath mat is a good solution to stopping them from slipping over. Then the temperature of the water should be lukewarm. It can’t be too cold or too warm and you only need 3-4 inches. Once you’re setup, don’t spray their nose, eyes or ears directly and a plastic cup or spray hose can help you direct the water where it needs to go and always rinse well. A bath toy can also be a great distraction if they get overly excited.
Bath time can also be a great time to check your dog over. Check their ears whilst they’re relaxed for any foul odours or debris and consult your vet if this is the case. Once they’re out the bath, you will need to dry them. If you find a towel isn’t enough, you can use a dryer on a low setting to keep your dog and the rest of your house dry!
Remember, different dogs have different needs. Some dogs need special attention for their droopy ears or folds in their faces which you should monitor closely. If you have specific questions, you should talk to your vet about any specifics your dog may need.