When the topic of dog grooming comes up there is a wide range of perceptions. With many professional groomers available you can get your dog regularly groomed by a professional but that isn’t the end of pet responsibility. A perfectly groomed dog complete with dog nail polish is what you get back from the groomer, but you must maintain this.
Regular bathing and grooming at home helps keep the coat maintained on a daily basis which is needed for healthy skin and coat. Nail polish can chip so regular maintenance of nails including reapplying dog nail polish when needed keeps your dog fresh from the salon in appearance.
The tools you need for grooming your dog depend on the breed. For those with a long haired breed you will need a comb that gets clear down to the base coat to groom thoroughly and prevent tangles. For the short haired “wash and wear” coats they still need a regular brushing to remove dead hairs and keep the coat in good condition.
Dogs have a way of finding messes and in you may find it necessary to bathe your dog. Use caution on all natural dog shampoos and know what the ingredients are. Natural doesn’t always mean non-toxic. Some owners report that a good dog shampoo with tea tree oil helps repel fleas. A good conditioner is needed for long haired dogs especially to keep the coat tangle free.
Remember when bathing to gently rub in one direction, which minimizes tangling of long coats. Also take care to thoroughly rinse all traces of shampoo and conditioner. A good dog shampoo and conditioner is needed, as they have a different ph than our human shampoos.
Accessories such as bows, hair clips and other items can “dress up” the longer haired small dogs. Whatever your dog’s breed keeping him clean and well groomed can mean catching small problems before they become major problems.
This is also a great way to spend time and bond with your dog! Bathing and grooming need not be a hassle with the right supplies.