Hey Dog Lovers,
Grooming is one of the key factors people consider when getting a dog as some dogs require more grooming than others. Take my dog Jasmine (Saint Bernard Hound) she needed to be shaved every summer as her fur was too much and she would over heat, then we have Aussie (Australian Cattle Dog Mix) who just needs her nails clipped as her fur is thin and dirt just wipes off.
In the following weeks expect to see the ins and outs of the grooming industry. From short to long haired dogs I will be covering it all.
Today I wanted to do something to introduce the topic:
10 Things your Dog Groomer wishes you knew
1. Prepare your Dog Early
A groomer’s worst nightmare is having to cut a dogs nails if the dog can’t stand being touched on the paws. That is why it is crucial to start getting your pet used to having those paws touched as early as possible.
The best time to start is when your dog is just a puppy and you don’t have to touch the paws for very long. The key is to make sure your pet is comfortable with the touch.
2. Start Grooming Early
Sometimes the grooming experience can be somewhat traumatic at first. Fortunately, puppies are much more adaptable. Bonus for starting grooming early: The fur is less likely to get matted.
When thinking about you dog’s fur, you should compare it to your own hair. You brush your hair everyday, and if you don’t it becomes tangled. The same is true of you dog’s fur. Although you don’t have to brush it daily, you have to maintain it every few days to keep it from matting. It also benefits to with the grooming experience.
4. Check Feet and Ears
Keep an eye on the feet (including nails) and Ears. Remember that debris can sometimes stick to these places and can be uncomfortable for pets.
5. Groom Regularly
Regular brushing is not enough to keep fur in check. If you want the coat (as well as the nail) to be truly healthy, bring your pet to the groomer regularly. (I take Aussie once a month for a nail trim as she doesn’t really get dirty, same with Bear.)
6. Keep Calm and Carry On
Your groomer would really like it if you could try to stay calm when you drop off your pooch. Remember that the dog will pick up on any of your anxiety, and that will make him scared and more likely to squirm.
Also, don;t drop in to see if your pet is finished. This will get him excited and make the job more difficult for the groomer.
7. Be Specific
Groomers work with a lot of dogs all day long, and each client wants slightly different things. So be as specific as possible with your groomer. If you want just the nails trimmed and the fur trimmed a little, then say so. If you want something more specific, try bringing in a picture to show the groomer,
8. Listen to your Groomer
Some people tend to forget that their groomer has gone through training. This means the groomer has a very good idea of what types of cuts will look best on which dogs. If you say you want your pup’s fur cut a certain way and your groom suggests something else, at least consider what the suggestion is even if you don’t end up agreeing to it.
9. Don’t be afraid to Wash
Some people are worried that if they wash their dog’s fur too often, it will start ti dry out the skin. In reality, this is not the problem as long as you select the right shampoo. If you aren’t sure which one to go with, ask your groomer for advice. This actually makes the groomers job easier.
10. Avoid Matting
Your groomer wants you to know just how serious a problem matting can be. Matted fur is uncomfortable for dogs because it pulls on their skin and can be difficult for the groomer to remove. In most cases it will need to be shaved off in small pieces.
“A dog desires affection more than its dinner. Well-almost” – Charlotte Gray
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