January 04, 2023 4 min read
We know that post-Christmas there are a lot of new pet parents out there who are trying to learn the basics. Don’t get overwhelmed; having a new four-legged family member is possibly one of the highlights of your life (personally I’ve never had children but apparently that’s a pretty big life achievement too, lol).
Check out our Top 10 Dog Grooming Tips that will make bath times a breeze for you and your new best friend.
This can be accomplished by acclimating your dog to grooming implements like nail cutters or brushes before using them. Giving your dog goodies as you groom them might also be beneficial.
Also, since older puppies have a tendency to get set in their ways, the earlier you can educate your dog to enjoy grooming, the better. So, if at all feasible, try to instil a love of grooming in your dog when they are still a puppy.
If your dog has a long coat, brushing them every day using a good quality dog brush will greatly reduce the amount of care they need. For both of you, this will lessen the tension of grooming day. Your dog will become accustomed to handling from daily brushing and become more accepting of handling during grooming.
Humans have more oils on their skin and hair than dogs do, despite what you may believe, making human shampoo a more mild alternative than pet shampoo. This means that human shampoo frequently has an improper pH balance for dogs and is also overly drying for a dog's skin.
Buy a shampoo designed especially for canines. Ask your vet to propose a prescription shampoo that will precisely address your dog's difficulties if it suffers from skin allergies or other skin diseases. Also, be careful not to get shampoo in your dog's eyes while bathing them.
The importance of brushing your dog's teeth for both preventative dental care and overall wellness is sometimes underrated. Make this a regular part of their regimen, and be sure to use dog-specific toothpaste. Teeth brushing may be made fun for your pet every day with a little patience and instruction.
When bathing your dog, water may get into the ear canals despite your best attempts to keep them dry. This remaining moisture puts your dog at risk for ear infections. As a result, it's always ideal to clean your dog's ears using a dog ear cleaner that is readily available in stores after a bath. This gives you the chance to clean out the ear canals of any water and debris, and it also lets you examine your dog for any indications of an ear infection. Contact your veterinarian if you notice an offensive odour coming from the ears or excessive debris.
You should trim your dog’s nails any time you can hear them clicking on the floor.
You should regularly examine the length of your dog's nails because if they become too long, they can really lead to serious issues like trouble walking, poor traction, misshapen feet, and torn tendons and joints.
The location of the quick is the most crucial factor to consider while trimming your dog's nails. The pinkish region in the centre of his nail called the "nail quick" houses a blood artery and a nerve. Your dog may experience discomfort and a lot of bleeding if you nip the quick.
It's advisable to trim your dog's nails slowly and in little slices if they are black because you might not be able to see the quick. When you are getting close to the quick, the nail will appear darker, so you can stop trimming when the nail's centre turns dark rather than white.
More isn’t always better! Most dogs should only be bathed once a month, on average. Overbathing can cause skin irritation by drying out your dog's skin and coat. However, some dogs with greasy fur or those with no hair require more frequent washings.
A good rule of thumb: Give your dog a bath when they are dirty or smelly.
Due to the dry air in cold weather, or walking in hot concrete, your dog's paws may crack. If your dog's paws appear to be raw or sore after being outside, try applying pad moisturiser products topically to soothe the discomfort.
You can read more about our Healing Balms here.
In between trips to the groomer, you might need to clip your dog's long hair, especially if it gets in their eyes. However, it can be tough to trim your dog's hair, so you need to be particularly cautious.
Professional dog groomers advise clients to use caution when trying to clip their dog's hair at home. Moving animals and sharp objects have the potential to cause harm.
A good tip is taking instructions from a groomer if you want to trim your dog's hair yourself.
This one can be tricky. Some dogs love the water so much that it’s hard to keep them still while you wash them. While other dogs can get scared or anxious when it’s time for a bath.
Ensuring that the lead up to bath time is as calming as possible can help, while also using slow gentle strokes to bathe them. Another tip, which we recommend quite often, is giving your dog some Hemp Seed Oil about 10 minutes prior to their bath, so that they are calm and placid.
Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about using our products to keep your new family member clean and healthy.