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What is Dog Grooming?

Updated: Aug 7, 2021

Golden Retriever is being bathed and groomed
A Clean Dog is a Happy & Healthy Dog

What is Dog Grooming?

Dog grooming is the practice of cleaning, styling, and otherwise looking after a dog. Grooming is an essential part of owning a dog as it helps to keep them clean and healthy. Not only does regular grooming make your dog look good, but it also helps to keep their skin and fur healthy by removing dead hair and other debris. It's also a good opportunity for you and your dog to bond and teach your dog some essential grooming habits.

The dog grooming process can vary depending on your dog, age and breed, and dog grooming style you want your dog to have. The primary purpose of dog grooming is to make your dog look good. Still, it is also crucial that the groomer takes into account the condition of the dog. We'll get into depth on the basics of dog grooming here. Know your dog's breed This is one of the first things you should do when you decide to groom your dog. Different breeds have different characteristics and different coat. Some owners may be particular about their dogs' grooming styles, and this is reflected in their dogs' coats. The first step in learning your dog's breed is to look at its fur. Make sure you know if your dog is either a short-haired or long-haired breed. For a dog with short hair, you will find that the fur is short and smooth to the touch. Long hair may have some texture to it, but it will not be as coarse. Puppy fur is much lighter and fluffy, and a lot less sticky than adult fur.

The different coat types need specific equipment and extra care. Some of the most common coat types include double-coat, long topcoat, short topcoat, wirehaired and smooth coat. The undercoat is made up of short, fine, soft, or harsh hairs. The outer layer of the coat is longer, usually longer than the length of the body. The topcoat protects the undercoat from dirt and water and provides the dog with warmth. With so many different types of coats, understanding how to care for each different type is essential! Brushing your dog's coat regularly Many dog owners fail to brush their dogs properly, which is perhaps understandable as brushing your dog's coat may seem a bit of an unnecessary chore. However, regularly brushing your dog's coat is essential for keeping their coat healthy and looking its best. One of the most common reasons why a dog has a bad coat is lack of brushing. They are covered in a thick layer of dead hair that should otherwise be brushed out. Your dog's coat will usually become loose, fuzzy, and frizzy if you don't brush it regularly, making it very uncomfortable for your dog and becoming a source of irritation. Brushing can help stimulate your dog's skin and the hair follicles that produce the oils that keep their skin and fur healthy.

Keeping your dog hydrated is another critical factor in maintaining their coat. As their body is still growing, they need to drink at least one water pint each day (this will vary). And if you brush your dog regularly, you can also prevent mats from forming that can be more challenging to remove. For matted fur, you may be able to work them out on your own but never be shy to call a pet groomer for some advice. Bathing and Cleaning your dog When you wash your dog, it's essential to know whether you need to do a full-body wash or just a face wash. (It's also important to use the right shampoo for the right coat type.) If you have a long-haired dog, you will need to use a specialized shampoo designed to remove dirt, oil, and other loose debris from the hair. When you wash your dog, it's essential to use a specifically made shampoo for dogs. Dogs have a different skin pH than we do, meaning human shampoo can irritate the skin and cause irritation or burns. Human soaps and shampoos are often too alkaline for dogs and can cause skin itching and hair loss. You can maintain good hygiene by cleaning their tear stains, eye boogers, and ears. If your dog is not washed regularly, it can get smelly and start to attract fleas, ticks and it is possible that your dog will get ringworm, and this is something that you do not want. Maintaining the cleanliness of your dog will also help you stay on top of their health. Good oral hygiene If your dog's teeth and gums aren't healthy, the results can be nasty. Not only will your beloved friend have bad breath, but he'll suffer from several oral health problems, too. Luckily, you can do a few simple things to help your pet keep its mouth clean. Brushing your dog's teeth is the most important thing you can do, but there are plenty of others that will help your pet live a longer, healthier life. Regular brushing and tooth brushing may be provided as part of your grooming service, but if not, your dog should be given teeth-friendly food. Finding a dog groomer Since there are many dog groomers out there, you need to be sure of who you are getting your dog groomed by. Many dog groomers get their clients by recommending someone they know. Do not hesitate to take your dog to a reputable dog groomer, as they are much more likely to meet your expectations. You want to be sure that your dog is groomed regularly to maintain good condition of their coat.

Services that are provided vary depending on the professional groomer. They should at the very least cover bathing, nail trimming, teeth brushing, and grooming their coats. Your dog groomer should be able to give you an estimate of the cost of dog grooming as they do vary depending on the breed, size, and weight of the dog. Your dog groomer should also be able to answer your questions if you have any.

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