Posted 18th August
Grooming may seem an arduous task but it's an incredibly good practice to get into, benefiting both you and your dog in the process
The best way to go get yourself in the rhythm of doing this is to set aside some time each day and make it part of your routine. It also helps to get your dog used to the feel of a brush from a young age - not only will it further the bond between you and your dog but it will also reduce the stress that your pet feels when it goes to a professional groomers.
It's also a great way to check your dog for any bumps and grazes, irritations or even the presence of fleas and ticks.
When you need to buy a brush there are numerous choices - these will correspond with the type of coat your dog has.
This will be one of the following:
So why exactly should you groom?
Grooming will not only prove to be a great stress relief for both you and your pet, but can also have some great health benefits for your dog.
Dogs will frequently moult, especially in spring and summer time when they will be shedding their winter coats. This can result in the loose hairs forming heavy wads, dragging the dog's skin down and causing both soreness and skin irritation if not brushed out regularly.
Brushing will also help to aerate the coat and encourage a healthy growth, while promoting good circulation in the process. It's also a great way of preventing the coat from becoming greasy - a greasy coat can result in blocked pores and sebaceous cysts.
And don't forget the paw area. A quick once-over will allow you to see if there are any balls of matted fur between the paw pads, which if left untreated could become hard with dirt and grease, causing your pet discomfort.
And also, grooming will result in your dog looking nice and smart - what's not to like!
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