Different breeds require different techniques for dog grooming. This is designed to make your dog’s coat look its best and the way it is supposed to look for his/her breed. Genetics, breed, and lifestyle are all factors that affect individual needs during dog grooming. A Sharpei, for example, is susceptible to a host of skin diseases and allergies so it requires frequent bathing.
If you have an Afghan, you know your dog needs a special dog grooming like daily brushing to maintain that long, silky coat, but if you have a lap dog, I strongly recommend that you give your pooch a regular nail trimming. This helps prevent nail injury and excess tension on your dog’s ankles.
There are three main aspects to pet grooming: brushing, combing and clipping. Your dog’s breed will determine what technique you will need to use. Dog grooming for smooth coats only require regular brushing to remove dead hair and shampooing to maintain good condition. Dog grooming for long coarse coats are probably one of the most labor-intensive types of coat, and need frequent, careful and thorough brushing.
Dog grooming is more than just wiping a brush over your dog’s coat. Regular dog grooming keeps shedding to a minimum and gives you the chance to inspect your dog to make sure his/her skin, teeth, ears, eyes and nails are healthy.
Because pet grooming is so important, it’s vital that you teach your dog to tolerate it as soon as you take him/her home. Most breeders are experienced in dog grooming and their expertise can be invaluable, especially if you want to have an authentic look.
How To Groom A Dog
If you are a do-it-yourselfer and are looking for tips on how to groom a dog at home, there are some dog grooming tips here that will help your dog look as if he/she’s spent the day at the beauty salon. The most important contribution to a well-groomed look is using the right brushing technique, the right brush or comb for your dog’s type of coat and hair style as well as the right dog shampoo.
The following are different techniques on how to groom a dog based on your dog’s coat type:
- Short Smooth Coats – These coats are the easiest coats to groom. You can use a bristle brush or a hound glove, and first brush against the direction your dog’s hair lies. These type benefit from a bath with a light conditioner after they have been groomed.
- Short Double Coats – These coats shed constantly so they require more care. Use a slicker brush or a pin brush and start by taking sections of your dog’s coat and separating it with your hand so there is a parting where your dog’s skin is visible. Bathe this type of dog as often as needed, but not more than once a month.
- Short Wiry Coats – These types require a different type of handling from the more traditional smooth and double coats. A slicker brush medium-tooth metal comb and a stripping comb are needed to groom this type of coat. After your dog has been groomed, you can bathe your dog with a texturizing shampoo to add body and coarseness to wiry coats.
- Long Double Coats – How to groom a dog of this type is often the question of dog owners. Because these type of coats are the ones that shed the most. You will need a slicker brush or a pin brush and a large, wide-tooth comb.
- Long Coarse Coats – The long, human-hairlike quality of this coat makes it one of the more time-consuming coats to groom. It easily gets tangled and matted, and most pet owners have their dog’s long coarse coat clipped regularly. These coats usually require a light conditioner as well, so use a shampoo with conditioner, or apply a cream rinse.
- Long Silky Coats – The biggest challenge in grooming a long , silky coat is dealing with the mats that often form around the legs, ears, side of the face or anywhere else where the hair is particularly long. Use a dematting tool, the brush the entire coat with a slicker brush in the direction the hair lies. After grooming, bathe your dog with a conditioning shampoo or follow the shampoo with a cream rinse.
- Curly Coats – You will need a slicker brush to brush the coat against the way it grows to make it fluff up away from the body. Use a conditioner with body-building properties. Dry your dog with a towel, then use a blow dryer to fluff-dry her.
- Hairless Coats – Dogs with no hair obviously don’t need regular brushing, but they do need frequent baths. Use a gentle shampoo, preferably one with an antibacterial agent, to help ward off the skin problems that are common in these breeds.
Dog Grooming Supply Basics
To keep your dog looking at his or her best, you need to have the right dog grooming supply. There’s a huge selection of shampoos and brushes to choose from and this section is intended to help you narrow down your choices and pick the best tool for your dog.
- Bristle Brushes – These are good for stimulating your dog’s skin and spreading the natural oils that help to keep her coat shiny and her skin healthy. They are best used on dogs with short coats since they don’t penetrate on longer coats.
- Pin Brushes – They have long, straight metal pins attached to a rubber backing. Most pin brushes are oval-shaped and are used primarily on long-coated breeds.
- Slicker Brush – The most versatile pet grooming supply. They can be used with different types of coats. Dogs that are brushed regularly with a slicker brush seldom become matted.
- Stripping Combs – This type of dog grooming supply is commonly used on terriers and other breeds with wiry coats to tidy them up.
- Hound Gloves – These brushes fit over the hand like a glove and feature a cloth base with rubber nubs that capture loose hair.
- Dryers – There are dryers specifically designed to use on dogs. They feature convenient stands that make it easier to blow-dry your dog’s coat.
Choosing A Professional Dog Groomer
Choosing a dog groomer should not be complicated. To help you decide where to take your dog, here are some pointers:
- The shop should be clean and well-ventilated. Is it clean and organized? Does it smell pleasant?
- To avoid surpises, find out exactly from a dog groomer which services are included in the fee. Most places include a bath, brushing, ear and eye cleaning, nail trimming and complete drying service. Teeth cleanings are not usually included, but may be available for an additional charge.
- Ask a dog groomer if certain vaccinations are required before a dog is accepted for grooming.
- Also ask the dog groomer if the facility has a policy on dealing with sick dogs that are presented for grooming.
- Ask a dog groomer how long does a grooming session last and how quickly you can pick up your dog.
- In some cases, you may leave your pet at the grooming location during the day. Ask a dog groomer what kind of arrangements are made in these situations and are additional charges incurred?
- Ask a dog groomer how far in advance must you make an appointment?
- Most dog groomers can see your dog with only a few days notice, but make sure that they can accommodate you before you go.
- Is the staff friendly and knowledgeable?
- Is the general atmosphere of the salon positive and happy?
- Is the grooming area visible and, if not, ask the dog groomer if you are allowed to go into the grooming area to observe the salon’s grooming procedures and equipment?