Dog Grooming Tips & Advice

Most people realize that poodles and dogs with long fur will require regular grooming. However, there is much more to grooming than just combing out the locks. Even dogs with very short fur can benefit from these other services.

Services Groomers Provide

In addition to a good brushing, grooming can also involve bathing the dog and trimming the hair around the eyes, feet and under the tail. Most groomers will also offer nail trimming and ear cleaning services; both of which are absolute necessities for dogs of all breeds, sizes and ages. Dogs that do have longer fur can have their fur trimmed to keep it neat and tidy. Those dogs that are treated to a full spa treatment with bath can be blown dry so you won’t have to deal with any wet dog smell. Moisturizing treatments are also an option for dogs suffering from dry skin or allergies. Some dogs require cleaning of their anal glands, and a good groomer can also take care of this. Likewise, dogs that tend to get stains under their eyes require special care. A qualified groomer can also take care of this issue for your pet.

How Often Your Dog should be Groomed

The frequency of required grooming depends on the breed of your dog. Non-shedding dogs with curly coats such as Poodles and some Terriers should be groomed about once every two months. Dogs with long silky coats, including the Lhasa Apso, Setters and Spaniels, should be brushed at least three times a week with a thorough grooming and bath being done about once every three months. Dachshunds, Schnauzers and other dogs with wiry coats should also be brushed several times a week with occasional grooming. Working dogs with heavy, thick coats; such as Huskies, Newfoundlands, and Akitas, should be brushed regularly. These dogs have protective oils on their skin and should only be bathed once in the spring and again in the fall. Smooth coated dogs should also be brushed several times a week with a full bath being done only a few times a year.

Choosing a Groomer

Visit the groomer and see how the shop looks. While the smell of wet dogs is absolutely to be expected, the shop should be clean overall. Take a moment to observe how the dogs being groomed are handled. Restraints are necessary for the safety of both groomer and dog, but the dogs should not be handled in a way that is rough. Be on the lookout for groomers who would walk away from a dog only in a neck restraint. Walking away from a dog that is only held by a neck restraint can quickly result in the tragic death of that dog if he or she should decide to jump off the table. While a groomer can safely take a step away from a dog that is held by a neck and body restraint; you should avoid any groomers that walk completely out of the room, or take their attention away from a dog held only by the neck restraint.

If the shop uses heated dryers; find out if those dryers operate on a timer for safety. Finally, talk to the groomer to find out whether they can accommodate your pet’s needs. If your pet requires special shampoos, a specific cut, or has any specific behavior problems; now is the time to discuss those with your groomer.