The benefits of dog grooming are pretty obvious when you see the difference in your pets after a day at the pet salon. Dog grooming is a part of preventive care and cost efficient way to keep your dog healthy and happy.
Splash and Dash groomers and bathers take the time to observe the wellness of a dog checking for abnormalities. Most skin maladies are simple fixes if they are caught early on.
Veterinarians and pet experts agree, it is wise to get your dog groomed at least once a month depending on your dog’s coat length. Dogs with longer fur will need more grooming than short-haired breeds. Regular grooming helps prevent matted hair, harmfully long nails, and tear staining.
One of the most important things a pet parent can do for their puppy is to acclimate them to being groomed. During the first few weeks in a puppy’s life, everything is new. They are exploring their world and learning about all the new sensations and adventures.
Dog grooming can either be a stressful aggravating process with your pup or one they associate with relaxation as a normal part of their doggie life.
This dog grooming article discusses what pet parents can do to help get their dog to love dog grooming, instead of running when they bear the “B.A.T.H.” word.
Introduce Dog Grooming Early On
The sooner you introduce dog grooming to your little pup, the easier they will take to it. Many experienced and reputable breeders begin dog grooming while puppies are still with their mother, this ensures that by the time you take them home with you, a puppy is already familiarized with the process.
All dogs age differently, and specific longevity is actually on a case by case basis. The rule of thumb is that smaller breeds age the most quickly earlier on in life than larger breeds. Large breeds aging rates speed up later on in life and reach senior dog age sooner.
Once your dog is properly house trained and has all their vaccines it is probably okay for them to make their first appearance at the pet salon and get their first luxurious dog grooming experience.
If you are unsure of whether your puppy is ready, consult with your veterinarian.
A simple and less painstaking practice pet parents should do is to brush their dog’s hair regularly. Breeds with long coats will need to be brushed daily.
Brushing is great for a dog’s coat and skin. It helps stimulate the hair follicles and brings out a dog’s natural oils. Dead hair, dirt, dandruff, and matted hair are all removed and brushed away.
Routine brushing can also help pet parents and groomers alike notice any skin irritations, fleas, and ticks. If you brush your dog regularly, when they go to the groomers to be bathed and trimmed, they will be less apprehensive about being handled. The process will be as routine as chomping through a bowl of food.
Make sure you thoroughly research the condition and treatment of any dog grooming establishment you decide to take your dog to. You want your dog to be in a loving, relaxing, and capable environment.
A dog’s nail length is important.
Nails help dogs achieve balance and maintain their agility. But if a dog’s nails are too long it can lead to straining their leg muscles, infected ingrown or torn nails, and can torque the spine.
Pet parents can see a dog’s improved posture after getting their nails trimmed. Reputable dog groomers have a professional approach to trimming nails right after the “quick,” where the nerves and blood supply are still intact within the nail, to ensure the best dog wellness.
During the first few weeks of puppyhood, you will need to get your dog comfortable with people handling their paws. Initially, most dogs will instinctively pull their paws back preferring to keep their paws free—with some soothing they will be used to someone touching their paws, and less reluctant.
This is important.
If a dog isn’t comfortable with having their paws handled it could make nail trimming problematic. Dogs that squirm too much during the process make the likelihood a groomer will accidentally cut them go up significantly.
While you pet and massage your puppy, be sure to hold their paws gently to get them used to this.
Check for Abnormalities
Groomers check on your dog’s wellness while they groom, especially for new puppies. Catching a skin malady for puppies more prone to skin irritations like inflammatory skin diseases are treated more effectively the sooner these diseases are found. The longer the issue is left unattended, the more problematic it becomes.
Dog groomers also check for fleas and ticks.
Pet parents can do this at home, but having a professional do it is helpful when you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for. This is especially true when starting out with as a first-time dog owner with a new puppy.
Some dog breeds like Shih-Tzus and Poodles can develop tear stains from excessive tear production called chronic epiphora. Epiphora can happen for a number of reasons, but like most dog ailments, the best way to treat tear staining is to be proactive.
Many pet parents don’t always see the value in dog facials. Yes. It is relaxing for a dog, but it also helps cleanse away yeast and bacterial buildups in dog’s eyes. Routine dog grooming flushes the tear ducts and promotes healthy tear production while also preventing eyelashes from growing abnormally inward.
This makes physical contact with your dog’s face important while their puppies.
They need to associate this part of dog grooming as a good thing. While your puppy is still figuring out the world, touch their face often and wipe away any residues that collect in the corners of their eyes. This won’t be so foreign to them while they’re at the pet salon if you build this into their life structure.
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