How to groom your dog: Best tips for dog grooming!

1. Bathing

Cathy says: “I’m always asked how often a dog should be bathed”. Long haired dogs require more grooming than short haired dogs do and if they need clipping or styling, should visit the parlour every 6-8 weeks. Short haired dogs  should only be bathed when dirty or smelly or suffer from a skin condition which requires a medicated bath. Otherwise, if the dog spends lots of time outside, the general rule of thumb is about every 3 months. Keep in mind that frequent bathing strips the natural oils from the coat and dries out the skin.

Getting started
Before you bath your dog, give her coat a good brushing to remove matted hair. Have all your bathing essentials ready – a large tub, kiddie pool or your own bath tub. Use a non-slip mat to place in the tub and fill it with lukewarm water. Gently put your dog in the water, you may need someone to help your dog is large. Luckily for me, Silky and Holly love being bathed and never put up fight! Some dogs don’t care much for the water and bathing stresses them out completely. If this is the case, give your furry pal a few doses of PetCalm to make the bathing experience more enjoyable. When it comes to wetting your dog, use a spray hose or pour a large jug of water onto the body and taking care not get any water into the eyes, ears or nose. Choose a natural shampoo such as Natura Pets 4in1 Orange Dog Shampoo, which is gentle on your dog’s skin, and lather and massage the coat. Rinse a number of times making sure that all the shampoo is completely gone and dry your dog off with a towel.
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2. Brushing and Combing

Brushing and combing your dog’s hair is an essential part of the grooming process. Not only does it remove dirt and dead skin, prevent tangles but also spreads natural oils for a healthy, clean coat. Regular brushing helps to relieve itchy and irritated skin – so, if you have an itchy dog, get out her brush! Irrespective of the length of your dog’s hair, you should brush every couple of days. Silky is a real, little madam and always wants to look her best. In the evenings, when I’m watching TV she jumps onto my lap and that’s her special signal to me that she wants her hair combed. Believe it, this is true!

There are various types of brushes and combs available and you would choose one specifically for your dog’s coats – rubber brushes, bristle brushes or slicker brushes are some of the grooming tools you need to invest in to maintain furry coats. Dogs with a short, smooth coat like Jack Russells or Boxers only need brushing once a week while a dog with a longer coat like a Yorkie or Afghan needs daily attention. Dogs need extra support for their skin and fur, and this is why our Skin & Coat Tonic is such an excellent choice. Skin & Coat Tonic is a herbal remedy to keep your dog’s coat in tip top condition all year round – use it and you’ll notice the difference immediately! If your dog tends to have an itchy skin or eczema, our Allergy Itch Ease is formulated especially for dogs and cats with itchy skin and, along with a regular flea prevention program, can bring great relief to dogs with itchy skin!
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3. Nail Clipping

Some dogs don’t like having their feet handled and trimming their nails may prove to be quite a difficult task. Once again PetCalm will come in very handy. It’s best to practice beforehand and get your pet used to the idea of her nails trimmed. Nails need to be checked and trimmed every two to 3 weeks.

Getting started
Inspect your dog’s feet carefully first for any dirt. Use sharp clippers – guillotine nail clippers work quite well to trim the tip of each nail. Cut at a slight angle, at the point where it begins to curve. Make sure that you avoid the quick – this is the vein that runs into the nail which you’ll be able to see through the nail. In some dogs with black nail, you may not able to see the quick easily – so, be extra careful!
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4. Cleaning ears

Keeping the inside and outside of your dog’s ears clean helps to prevent ear infections, mites and itching and scratching. Cleaning the ears should be done once a week if the dog is prone to problems, and otherwise once a month or so.

Getting started
You’ll need a cotton ball or swab and ear cleaning solution (you could use a small amount of a natural product such as Natura Pets Natural Ear Cleanser) to get started. Never use ear buds as you’ll cause damage to your dog’s ear. Apply the cleaning solution to the cotton ball and wipe the inside of the ear and the flap gently but thoroughly. Regular cleaning can help to prevent ear mites and infections which cause immense discomfort for dogs – use our Ear Dr which is in a soothing olive oil base to treat and prevent acute and chronic ear infections.
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5. Brushing Teeth

Regular teeth brushing and cleaning has a huge impact on the overall health of your dog – you prevent many dental problems which can lead to more serious health issues by simply cleaning your dog’s teeth two to three times per week.

Getting started
There are toothbrushes and toothpaste specially designed to clean your dog’s teeth. We recommend Pet Dent Finger Toothbrush for Pets and Crede Organic Coconut Oil as toothpaste. Never use human toothpaste because it can cause an upset stomach in dogs. It’s always a good idea to start teeth brushing when your dog is a puppy to get her used to it. If she’s not keen on you cleaning inside her mouth, you may need to practice quite a bit beforehand – remember, it will pay off, so keep at it! Clean the outside surface of the teeth and don’t worry too much about the top and inside surfaces of the teeth – your dog’s tongue keeps these areas clean!
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Happy Grooming!

 

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