Are you wondering what it takes to properly clean up after your canine friend? First off, if you have never owned or taken care of a purebred dog before, don’t worry! We’ve got lots of great advice to get you started so you can be prepared for all kinds of situations. Here is everything you need to know about professional dog grooming.
- 1. Brush Your Pet’s Coat Regularly
- 2. Grooming Your Dog During Spring and Summer
- 3. What Is the Best Way To Brushing A Pet’s Fur?
- 4. Shampooing Your Dog Properly
- 5. When Do I Need Special Products For My Pet’s Type of Hair?
- 6. Keeping Your Pet Warm During Winter Months
- 7. Feeding And Cleaning Fido Correctly
1. Brush Your Pet’s Coat Regularly
In order to keep your dog looking their best at any time of year, brushing them regularly is essential. This gives your fur an opportunity to air out, which keeps it healthy and reduces odor as well as keeping loose hair from sticking together too much (which makes combing through later difficult). Be sure to use a soft-bristled brush when doing this.
You should also make sure to trim long coats in moderation because they become hot spots where dirt and bacteria tend to build up and breed problems like mats and odors. Trimming longer coat hairs helps prevent these things from happening.
Finally, remember that wetting your pet’s coat prior to brushing may reduce matting but could potentially harm its skin by drying it out further. It’s better safe than sorry.
2. Grooming Your Dog During Spring and Summer
For most breeds, brushing once every three days during spring and summer months is enough since shedding slows down significantly over winter due to cold weather. However, if your pooch has shorter fur – like Greyhounds or Pugs – then you’ll want to brush twice weekly outside during cooler seasons and daily inside during warmer ones. The same goes for larger pets like Great Danes. They shed less, but still require regular brushing.
If you’re going away on vacation and won’t be able to manage housekeeping duties yourself while you’re gone, consider bringing along one of those large floor brushes used to sweep carpets clean. Just set it near a window (preferably facing south) and let it air dry naturally overnight. When finished, fluff it lightly with your hand before putting it back into storage.
3. What Is the Best Way To Brushing A Pet’s Fur?
The easiest way to avoid tangles is to start at the bottom and work upwards towards the scalp. Once you reach the head, simply run fingers/fingernails gently across each strand until you arrive at the end. Then repeat the process above using another section of hair. Repeat until done.
4. Shampooing Your Dog Properly
Once you finish cleaning up, shampooing is next in importance. While there are many different types of shampoos available today, we recommend against using human shampoo products on our pets. Human shampoo contains harsh chemicals that can irritate sensitive animal skin.
Instead, try choosing a mild soap specifically designed for animals. Some popular brands include “Nature’s Miracle,” “Herbal Essences” and “Pedigree.” After thoroughly washing both mane and tail areas, rinse completely with cool water. Never apply shampoo directly onto the skin.
5. When Do I Need Special Products For My Pet’s Type of Hair?
While most people assume that only certain breeds have special needs when it comes to caring for their coat, it turns out they aren’t actually true. All dogs benefit greatly from quality grooming tools and accessories.
Using the right type of brush, for example, allows owners to achieve optimal results without worrying about damage to the hair shafts. Also, take advantage of good grooming techniques such as detangling and rinsing with lukewarm water. These simple steps can save you money in the long run.
6. Keeping Your Pet Warm During Winter Months
During colder times of the year, dogs frequently suffer from ringworm infections. If you notice signs of infection, consult your vet immediately. Ringworms spread easily through contact between infected individuals, so wash your hands carefully whenever you handle your pet, especially around their rear area.
Keep flea control consistent throughout the season, even during the warmest part of the day. Fleas thrive during rainy conditions and cause irritation in multiple ways. They feed on dead cells under the skin’s surface causing severe itching, infesting the ears and eyes, and spreading disease. In addition, fleas secrete tiny amounts of toxins into the host’s bloodstream that weaken the immune system.
7. Feeding And Cleaning Fido Correctly
Many people seem to think that feeding a dog requires little effort beyond scooping food into their mouths from a bowl. But the truth is that dogs’ digestive systems differ drastically from ours. So, unless you understand exactly how your pet processes nutrients, you’re setting yourself up for failure.
Make sure to read labels and follow directions closely when preparing meals for your furry companion. Otherwise, you might find him suffering from diarrhea, bloating and stomach cramps.
Another important aspect of proper dog nutrition revolves around hygiene. Most importantly, always ensure that your canine buddy is kept free of germs. Germs can enter through dirty dishes and utensils, other dogs, humans, and yes, even other pets.
As mentioned previously, it is vital to maintain a hygienic environment. Wash hands often, and disinfect surfaces that come into direct contact with your pup. Finally, don’t forget to clean his teeth and gums. Keeping your pet’s mouth fresh and germ-free means he doesn’t develop bad breath, periodontal diseases, gum inflammation, and cavities.
Proper maintenance is the key to maintaining a happy relationship with your four-legged family member. Now that you have the basics covered, you’re ready to put your new skills to practice. Happy dog walking!