No matter what of breed of dog you own, regular grooming in between professional grooms helps to keep their skin and coats healthy. So, here’s some dog grooming tips to help you at home.
Now this might sound strange, but washing your dog when it’s dirty is not always the right thing to do. Over-washing can rob a dog’s skin and coat of essential oil, so check what is recommend for your dog’s breed and hair type with your vet or groomer.
Also, if your dog has longer hair or a double coat that is not being regularly brushed out, it may be matted underneath. By adding water you make the matts much worse, causing discomfort and pain for your dog and increasing the risk of bacteria and infection underneath.
Shampoo & Conditioner
Key grooming tips include ALWAYS using a pet shampoo and conditioner, never human ones, as a dog’s PH levels are very different to our own and it can cause skin irritations or sensitivities.
I always look for a natural pet shampoo and conditioner, with essential oils and botanicals, no nasty chemicals, and not tested on animals, which is why I use the DGG range.
Regular Brushing at home
Regular brushing at least once a week at home helps to keep your dog clean, prevents matting, increases circulation and reduces shedding. Longer hair will need more.
If you have a dog with a double coat, use a de-shedding brush or rake to remove the undercoat to help keep them cool in summer and avoid matting in the winter.
Eyes and ears
Regularly trim and clean your dog’s fringe and hair around the eyes using a damp cloth to gently clean the eye area and remove any ‘gunk’ that can block the tear ducts and cause infection.
Likewise, regularly gently clean the inside of your dog’s ears with a wet cloth. If they are rubbing at the ear or shaking their head more than usual, get a vet to check.
Daily teeth cleaning with a dog toothpaste and brush is also really important in between professional cleans, as gum disease impacts on their overall health. Fresh breath and plaque control products can also help.
Long nails on dogs can cause them pain, so they need to be kept trim. You don’t want to cut through the red nerve though, which you can usually see in clear nails. If you are unsure, or they have dark nails, ask your groomer to show you how to do it, or book them in for a nail clip in between professional grooms. For tips on cutting your dog’s nails, click here.
About the Author: Lara Shannon is a NDTF certified dog behaviourist and trainer, Executive Producer and Host of Pooches at Play on Channel 10 and editor of Poochesatplay.com. Lara also runs her own dog training and boarding business in Melbourne’s Bayside area and is the Author of Eat, Play, Love Your Dog.