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Best Grooming For Dogs: Home Grooming Versus Professional Grooming!

If you choose a dog because you admire her long, silky coat, you’ll soon learn that she doesn’t look that way naturally. Best grooming for dogs could either be home grooming or professional grooming, your dog must be bathed once a week and her tresses need to be combed every day. In addition to coat care, you will also be responsible for your dog’s general grooming tasks such as cleaning her teeth, cleaning her ears, and trimming the hair around her face, eyes, and ears.

You will also have to continually wipe her eyes clean and keep her toenails short. While this may seem like a lot of maintenance, think of it as another way you can spend quality time with your dog. Some people even find it therapeutic and relaxing to brush and fuss with their dog.

No doubt your dog will treasure the attention you lavish on her. Combing your dog every day will give you an opportunity to learn much about her overall health. You will be alert to any problems, such as tumors, ear infections, skin problems, and flea or tick infestations before they become full-blown emergencies. You will also observe hair loss, lumps, redness, or tenderness on your dog. Report these signs to your veterinarian immediately. Even if you decide to take your dog to a professional groomer, introduce your puppy to grooming and be familiar with the basics.

Home Grooming Versus Professional Grooming

While the dog looks like she would require constant upkeep and a resident professional groomer to do the job properly, any owner can groom a dog. Even if you have never groomed a dog before, you can learn to do the job yourself. The earlier you establish a regular grooming session with your puppy, the better. She will begin to look forward to the experience if you introduce it in a positive, fun way. You can begin the minute you bring her home. Pet her entire body head to tail. To assure her, talk to her in a soothing, upbeat voice.

The earlier you establish a regular grooming session with your puppy, the better

Handle her feet, including her toes and nails, feel her head and ears, and look into her mouth. Lightly place one of your fingers along her gum line. At first, she may not let you do any of this, but if you repeat this exercise once a day for at least five minutes, she will gradually relax and eventually enjoy the massage[ for pet owners who don’t know how to groom properly}. Choose a time when you are not rushed and can enjoy a brief encounter yourself.

On the other hand, if you are physically unable to groom a dog or have a busy schedule, arranging professional grooming for your dog may be far more convenient. Selecting a good groomer is almost as important as finding a competent veterinarian. Groomers are experienced, trained professionals who should enjoy working with dogs. To locate the right person to pamper your pooch, ask other dog owners or your veterinarian( the voice of experience) to recommend reputable groomers in your area.

What to Look for in a Groomer

The groomer you select for your dog should:

#Have a good rapport with dogs and handle each dog firmly but gently

#Treat clients with courtesy and listens to their concerns.

#Show a genuine love of dogs.

#Know how a dog should look when finished( according to breed)

#Never allow dogs with communicable diseases in the shop

#Require experienced personnel to handle dogs

Also, observe how other employees in the shop related to the dogs and the kind of care they give them. Do they leave the dogs unattended on the tables? Are the groomers rough-handed or kind with the dogs? They should be firm but gentle and confident. Do they work on more than one dog at a time? The atmosphere should be relaxed, with groomers not showing signs of stress or exhaustion. If you feel comfortable leaving your dog in the care of this person, your dog will no doubt enjoy the experience. There’s a lot to be said for dropping your dog off and returning to pick up a healthy, happy, perfectly well-groomed dog in just a few hours.

Routine Care Every Dog needs

Your dogs should be combed once a day for a few minutes and bathed once every week or two. This keeps his beautiful long and silky coat in good, healthy condition. with puppies between the ages of four and eight months, bathing them once a month is enough.

Dogs have sebaceous glands that mildly cover their coats with oil. Some breeds of dogs have an undercoat, which protects them against the cold, but some do not(Yorkies). While the oil in his skin is enough to keep him from getting soaked to the skin when it rains, not having an undercoat won’t give him extra warmth when it’s very cold. If you bathe your pet too much, his body cannot produce enough oil to keep him protected, and his hair and skin will become dry and chapped.

Essential Grooming Tools

Pin brush

Slicker brush

Flea comb

Nail file

Nail clippers

Bath towels

Grooming glove

Sponge or washcloth

Hairdryer

Shampoo( either made for dogs or regular human shampoo)

Conditioner( addiction of vinegar or baking soda mixed with water)

If a dog has dandruff, it means he has dry skin. Frequent bathing, the wrong shampoos, and grooming products, or low humidity in your home can cause this. While you wouldn’t bathe many breeds of dogs with human haircare products, you cc use many mild formulas safely on a dog because of its unique coat.

Bathing

If your dog goes outdoors a lot, she will surely need this bath because the hair will pick up a lot of dirt( if her hair is too long). Even going out on a dewy morning will attract dust like a magnet. You shouldn’t have to give her a bath more frequently than once a week if you also brush her for only a few minutes each day. A coat without any tangles is less likely to pick up bits and pieces of dirt and grime.

Did You Know?

Nose prints can be used to identify dogs just as fingerprints are used to identify humans

Do not attempt to brush your dry dog before bathing her, especially if her coat is dirty. This process will break the hair. Instead, use your fingers to loosen whatever tangles she might have accumulated. Mist her coat with the spray bottle filled with conditioner and water and let it sit for about ten minutes. use a comb to untangle any mats.{ only for dogs with long/medium size hair in length}

Note: Avoid bathing sick or injured dogs

Brushing

You would think that all this fussing would annoy a dog, but quite the opposite is true. Once she becomes accustomed to the grooming rituals, she will actually love to be pampered and will begin to look forward to the time you lavish on her. While it sounds like a time consuming and complicated process, brushing an adult dog coat takes only ten minutes. When your dog is six to eight months of age, she will be ready for longer grooming sessions.

You may need to clean your dog’s hindquarters. Check the rear end as stray bits of fecal matter sometimes stick to the hair in the back; forming crusts that should be removed. Use a wet washrag to keep the anal area clean so it does not become infected.

Nail clipping

Toenails grow all the time and must be trimmed on a regular basis, preferably once a week. If allowed to grow, they will become overgrown quickly and will cause problems for your dog. Nails that hang too far over the pads of the feet will start to curl back toward the bottom of the toes and can cut into the dog’s pads. These nails impair the dog’s movement and make it nearly impossible for her to have ant traction on the floor and she can easily slip and fall.

Start trimming your puppy toenails the first week you bring her home. Hopefully, her breeder or previous owner already trimmed her nails several times so she is accustomed to the process. If not, or you have an older dog, it’s never too late to train her to accept and even like it.

If you have never trimmed a dog’s toenails before, it is natural to feel nervous. Most owners assume they will cut the nails back too far and the dog will bleed to death! Before beginning any clipping, examine one of your dog’s nails and look for the point at which the nail starts to curve down towards the tip. That’s the end you’re going to take off.

Note: If nail trimming becomes a stressful experience for you and your dog, you can always take him to a professional groomer to do the job.

Ear care

Dog ears also need attention once or twice a week. Because most dog ears are alert and open, they are prone to dirt, mites, and infections. Ears that flop over or down instead of standing up are particularly susceptible to yeast infections. The moisture that is trapped inside the ear fold becomes a breeding ground for mites. Using a Qtip (cotton tip applicator) is the easiest way to keep the ear clean.

Several products on the market are designed to rid your dog of ear mites. Ask your veterinarian for a recommendation. Because ear mites are highly contagious, if one dog has ear mites any other dogs you have will get them, too.

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Tooth care

Teeth cleaning is another aspect of good grooming for many breeds but is especially important for puppies and other toy breeds. Puppies have weaker gums, which leads to tooth problems and premature tooth loss. Tartar builds up quickly and plays host for bacteria and resulting odors of bad breath. Gums become swollen and red or bleed, often causing pus between the teeth and the gum line.

A dog who is hesitant to eat or drink and loses interest in favourite chew toys may be showing signs of gum disease.

Place a small amount of the canine toothpaste on your finger and gently rub it over a few teeth. Do not use human toothpaste because it is not formulated for a canine stomach! If your dog’s mouth has been neglected for a long time, you may want to have the teeth cleaned by your veterinarian and then start cleaning them yourself after that.

Anal Glands

Another and more unpleasant aspect of grooming is checking your dog’s anal glands. I know this might be the first time you are hearing of such! A few pet owners empty their pet’s anal glands every week. The two small scent glands, which lie on either side of the dog’s anus, normally are emptied when the dog defecates. Occasionally, though, the glands fill up and the dog is uncomfortable. She will scoot her bottom along the floor in an effort to bring some relief and bite or lick at her rear. If the glands do not empty on their own, they can become infected or impacted.

The glands have quite an odor so, if you choose to do this task yourself, you might want to do the expressing in the bathtub or outside but before giving your dog her bath. Some dog owners have discovered that feeding their dogs small bits of raw carrot once a day helps to naturally empty the sacs without any manual intervention.

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