Grooming for Dogs – Depends on the Breed
Here is a topic that is very different for all breeds of dogs, grooming, you have hairless dogs, short-haired dogs, medium length haired dogs, and long-haired dogs. So shall we get into some problems with grooming these different lengths?
How Often Do Dogs Need Groomed
This is a question many people who have never had a furry friend before will ask. And of course, the answer to this is going to depend on the type of dog you are getting.
Hairless dogs still need groomed due to they require skin care, brushing them with a soft natural bristle brush is fine because they do have small tufts of hair on their heads, feet, and usually on their tails.
Hairless dogs do get acne so bathing them once a week is advisable to prevent this problem. Moisturize your hairless dog after each bath with an application of hypoallergenic or oil-free moisturizer.
Sunscreen is necessary when outdoors for these breeds they can sunburn very easily. Checking and cleaning their ears every week is a must plus clipping their nails as needed.
Short-haired dogs require brushing every day with a medium bristle brush it is best to brush from head to tail the direction that their hair grows. Check for any bumps or skin problems when brushing your dog.
Short-haired dogs can usually get a bath monthly but some breeds to have a tendency to put off an odor so bathing them weekly is alright. These breeds may at times have problems with the anal gland so you might want to learn to clean this yourself or take them to a groomer who will take care of this for you.
The only other things you will want to do is check their ears clean if necessary clip their nails when needed and brush their teeth at least once a month.
Long-haired dogs require the most amount of grooming which I am sure you would have already guessed. Brushing or combing them out daily to keep matting out is a must. It helps with the shedding of hair everywhere too.
Once you have them rinsed very well (soap can cause irritation and dry skin) then use a conditioner made for dogs to help untangle the hair. I recommend brushing them out once towel dried to help with the tangles. If your using a dryer for your dog make sure that the heat setting is just warm otherwise drying out your dog’s natural oils on their skin.
If you long-haired dog has massive matting use clippers or scissors that are sharp enough not to pull the hair and cut these out prior to bathing.
Grooming Products for Dogs
Anyone who has had a dog knows that the market is full of so many grooming products for your dog. Brushes, combs, clippers, scissors, nail clippers, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoos, conditioners, you name it and you can find these for dogs.
So which products are the best? This is a very big question because everyone has their own opinion of what they feel is best.
I could list over 1000 products on this page and no two people would agree which ones are the best to use for their pet. Therefore I can give you my opinion and then you will have to make your own choice for what you think is best.
I have a flea comb that I have had for some time and it is actually a cat flea comb with their short-hair it works better than a dog flea comb and thankfully it does not get much use.
They do have these wonderful doggie toothbrush fingers which I love for brushing their teeth and work great because did you ever try to get a toothbrush in a dog’s mouth?
When they need their nails done I leave this to the people at the grooming salon I prefer someone with experience do their nails cutting them the proper way so as not to cut the quick. (Where the blood comes out in the nail.)
As for shampoos, I do not use over-the-counter dog shampoos that can cause irritation or allergic reactions I instead use an all natural soap called L.O.C. (Liquid Organic Concentrate) which is sold by Amazon see link below. (If you live close to me I am able to get this at a discount just contact me).
Grooming Uncooperative Dogs
So your dog does not like grooming now what? You have a couple of options fight with your dog yourself or take them to the groomers.
Personally, if they are so stubborn and get to the point of being frightened or upset there is a possibility they can bite you then the best solution is taking them to a professional groomer.
I have used a few in the past with some good results and some not so good results so this is something that you will need to research prior to taking your dog there.
Should you decide a groomer would be your best option ask around to anyone you know who has dogs if they can recommend someone for you. Do research online most have reviews posted visit the facility see how the groomer treats the animals and how receptive the animals are to the people there.
Hopefully, this has given you some insight into taking care of your fur baby with grooming they like to look handsome or pretty just as people do. It makes them feel good and smell good and cuts down on shedding in the home.
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