In this guide you will learn tips for dog grooming at home, the benefits of professional dog grooming, how to identify and care for your dog breed's coat. With that being said, let's talk about dog baths first.
The Importance of Dog Baths
There are a few short coated breeds that, in general, need more baths due to oily skin and strong pet odor. They typically need baths one to two weeks depending on level activity. Most hound breeds, pugs, puggles, english bull dogs, and short coated terriers are examples of these breeds.
Double Coated Dogs
Single Coated Dogs
Making the Case for Mini Grooms
What About a Full Groom?
The Benefits of Dog Grooming
- Health. Having your pet frequently groomed will help keep your pet healthy. While your groomer takes care of your pet, they can help identify health problems that otherwise owners might not notice until the problem is very apparent. Often times your groomer will be the first one to notice growths, parasites and infections on your pet.
- Skin and coat. Keeping the skin and coat clean and free of tangles will keep your pet from developing allergies, skin problems and parasites. Your dog’s skin is an indication of their overall health. When a skin problem occurs, your dog may respond with excessive scratching, chewing and/or licking creating more problems like matting of the hair, raw skin or missing fur
- Ears. Many long hair breeds require plucking out the hair that grows in the ear canal. Keeping the ear free of hair and cleaned prevents ear infections, mites and other health conditions.
- Anal Glands. Anal glands are sacs of fluid located on both sides and slightly below the anus. They produce fluid with a distinctive odor that identifies the your pet and tells other dogs his sex, approximate age, health status, and other things. This glands get expressed (or emptied) when the dog has a bowel movement. Unfortunately, many small breeds require help in doing so, having your dog's anal glands expressed regularly will prevent those sacs from getting impacted causing bowel movements to be difficult and painful for the dog, as well as infections and abscesses.
- Nails & Paw Pads. Pet nails should be clipped and buffed regularly. Nails should be short at all times without touching the ground. Long nails, when they start to click or snag, can make mobility difficult for your pet as well as long term damage to the structure of the legs. The pads on the bottom of your pet's feet provide extra cushioning to help protect bones and joints from shock, provide insulation against extreme weather, aid walking on rough ground and protect tissue deep within the paw. It’s important to keep your pet’s feet regularly clipped to make sure they’re free of wounds, infections or foreign objects that can become lodged.
- Dental Care. Dental care for your pet is as important to them as it is for humans. Frequently brushing your pet's teeth, along with a healthy diet and plenty of chew toys, can go a long way toward keeping her mouth healthy. Bacteria and plaque-forming foods can cause build-up on a dog's teeth. This can harden into tartar, potentially causing gingivitis, receding gums and tooth loss. Many dogs show signs of gum disease by the time they're four years old because they aren't provided with proper mouth care.