Do you remember the first time you connected with and fell in love with your pup?
I assume some of the attraction was how your future dog was groomed. The fact that his or her physical appearance played a part in your initial reaction to each other.
Dog grooming is an essential piece in helping your pup stay healthy. The reason to groom him or her on a regular basis is simple. Your dog’s physical state influences the way he feels and the way you look at your dog. In extreme cases, where there is a lack of proper care, cleaning and grooming can directly affect the behavior of your dog.
Proper grooming not only infuses a healthy glow to your dog’s appearance but also helps develop his self-esteem. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that it makes you a very proud parent when you show off your dog to others.
The first step involved in dog grooming is: Brushing!
Brushing has been universally acknowledged by expert dog groomers as the single most important step in grooming.
The benefits of brushing are many. To name a few:
- Better blood circulation
- Shinier and healthier coat
- Better bonding
Even if you know how crucial brushing is for your dog’s health and well-being, we all know that there’s a right way and a wrong way. And without a doubt, you would like to do everything the RIGHT way when it comes to your dog.
Here are FIVE steps to successfully brush your dog that will help him or her to feel and look their best.
- Brush against the growth of the hair first with a slicker brush and then with a medium or wide-toothed comb.
- The slicker brush removes all the loose hair and the comb takes care of the tangles.
- Brush your dog in line with the hair growth and make sure you reach the skin as you brush his way.
- Then use a flea comb over the coat to collect any fleas and remove remaining tangles. Part the coat and start from the root and then comb through.
- If your Dog’s paw pads are hairy, then clip them using electric clippers. Do not clip the hair between the pads. Clip only the excess hair.
Brush your dog’s hair to prevent it from matting. Matting can be a very painful experience.
Regular brushing untangles the matted hairs on your dog’s coat.
This is a risky job to perform. The best plan is to prevent matting from forming in the first place. And doing this is simple: brush and comb your Dog regularly. If and when you see any mats or tangles, use a detangle solution and a medium-toothed comb.
Don’t wait until your dog is dirty or matted to introduce him to grooming. That would make him associate the experience with unpleasantness. Moreover, you will want your dog to associate their routine brushing routine as an alternative form of petting, i.e. another source of affection and attention.
If you are ready to dive into learning the best grooming tips from the pros, take this mini-course and learn the proper techniques to groom your dog all by yourself right away from the comfort of your home today.