Grooming for Dogs – Depends on the Breed

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.

dog getting a bathHairless 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.

dog getting brushedShort-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.

big furry dog getting a bathBefore you bath, your long-haired dog make sure to brush and comb out any tangles or matting always start at the top of their head and work your way to the back getting to the skin of your dog. 

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.

They also need ears checked and their nails clipped when they get too long plus brushing of the teeth. Free Dog Training. Click Here.


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.

For my fur babies they are short-haired and personally I prefer using a people brush on them it is a medium bristle brush that does the job very nicely and they love when they see it coming out. Visit Petmate.com

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.

dog trying to avoid getting a bath

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. Free Dog Training. Click Here.


In Closing

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.

We here at Delightful Doggies 4 U welcome any suggestions, comments, or questions you can leave them in the space provided below or send us an email at delightfuldoggies4u@gmail.com

Thanks for coming by hope to see you all again soon 🙂

Susan

2 thoughts on “Grooming for Dogs – Depends on the Breed”

  1. Hi Susan,

    When I was younger, we had a few different breeds and different hair types, but never a hairless variety. We had to bath our toy manchester more in the summer, just because of fleas. We lived in the country and spent a fair amount of time outdoors, which meant the dogs were laying in the grass, and picking up fleas from the grass.

    We also had a long haired- terrier, and they were the worst when they got their hair all covered with briers and that caused hair matted so bad, we had to give them a hair cut along with their baths. That was a while back, and there weren’t nearly as many pet products as there are now. just a few different kinds of flea soap to choose from.

    But, I have to admit, I never was aware of the skin problems of dogs. I knew when they got older, they would lose their hair.

    But, that’s about it. I will have to look closer now. Thank you for educating me. I will have to try those conditioners for the matted hair as well. Do you have any that work really well for unmatting hair and protecting their skin?

    Thanks,

    Chas

    • Chas,

      What I usually recommend is using a Slicker Brush to take out the mats it is a good everyday grooming tool with thin wires, which can help work out most mats.  An Undercoat Rake if you have a dog with a mix of long and short fur double coat will work well for these breeds.  Another trick that I used in the past was Corn Starch, now this might sound odd but as long as the dog is dry sprinkle the corn starch on the dog’s matted hair rub in gently and this should help to loosen the matted hair.  Once loosen, then either use the Slicker Brush or Undercoat Rake to take care of the rest of the matted hair.

      You can also make your own solution of detangler using a dog conditioner.  Mix a teaspoon or more with water in a spray bottle and spray the dog’s matted hair. Using the brush or rake then finish taking out the mats.  Just remember either way that your dog will require a bath afterward to remove the corn starch or detangler from their fur or this could cause more matting collecting dirt where the products were added to the fur.

      I have always recommended Amway L.O.C. (Liquid Organic Concentrate) All Purpose Cleaner to bathe any animal in.  Why?  This product is all natural and can help your animal by not drying out their skin.  It works in curing mange and other skin conditions that can affect your animal.

      Thank you for taking the time to visit my site today, and hope that I have answered your questions satisfactorily.  I am more into natural products over anything with chemicals in that can hurt our pets.

      Susan

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