Brushing and grooming your dog is an essential part of their daily routine care. Brushing allows you to keep your dog’s coat healthy while removing loose hair and preventing hair knots. Brushing also spreads out natural healthy skin oils, making the coat look shinier and cleaner.
Here are a few tips to groom your dog at home:
1. Brush your dog’s hair at least twice a week for a couple of minutes. Some recommend to do it every day too but if you have a busy schedule, it might be a little tough to do. Use a thin metal brush, especially made for dogs, which runs through dog hair smoothly and pulls out a significant amount of dirt and grass. A shedding blade is ideal for digs with short hair. It is also better to brush while your dog is standing and not lying down.
2. Bathe your dog with a good quality shampoo as compared to cheap product because they may contain ingredients that can prove to be toxic for your dog’s skin. It is also only wise to dilute the shampoo so that it’s easier to wash it all out instead of leaving some behind to irritate your dog’s skin.
Finding the right grooming shears is key to ensuring your dog gets a safe trim. If you are thinking of giving your dog a trim, be very careful with the scissors. Ideally use professional clippers. Don’t give them a cut on wet hair. It’s better to cut your dog’s hair when they are dry. Use the tip of your scissors, especially while cutting on feet, face and tail to avoid giving them some serious injuries in case your dog makes a sudden movement. If your dog has a matted fur coat, use clippers instead.
4. If you are thinking to shave your dog, make sure you find a quite spot and settle them down before you start. Use a sharp blade and start around their neck to shave downwards. Make sure the blade remains flat against the skin at all times. Take extra care while shaving around areas covered with thin skin, ideally you can use a number 10 blade.
5. Trimming nails is also an important part of grooming your dog. Use clippers to cut slowly until the pink part is seen on your dog’s white nail. If your dog has black nails, cut until a solid black dot is seen. Always close the clippers quickly to avoid chipping and spitting.