If you in need of the essential dog grooming tips, then you’ve come to the right place!
Having a furry companion by your side is a beautiful experience since dogs are not only dubbed as “man’s best friend” but they are also fiercely loyal, incredibly smart, playful and intuitive companions. Having a dog does not only mean that you only have to feed him or play with him, but it also implies that you must check that it is in good health, and grooming your dog is an essential part of their proper care.
You do not have to go to expensive dog salons to groom your dog; there are a lot of products designed to help you and so many techniques that you can use on your own to ensure that your dog is happy and well taken care of. Read more if you want to find out about all of these tips!
How to combat dry paws and dry nose
Has your pet ever suffered from dry paws or scaly nose skin? Well, that may be influenced by the heat or by various climate changes, but you should know that there is a way to combat this efficiently and without much stress. If you see your pet suffer from this then you are welcome to apply a bit of coconut oil on those areas, the oil will not only moisturize but also soothe small pains (if there are any).
Another dog grooming tip worth mentioning is that we recommend that you use organic virgin coconut oil to ensure that you do not use some coconut oil that was treated with chemicals that may hurt their skin. If you do not know what to buy, then please be aware that various pet stores also carry some form of coconut oil that is perfect for dogs!
How to trim their nails
Grooming your pet’s nails is a mandatory step in your weekly routine. Whereas cats can groom their own nails, dogs are not as lucky which is why we should help them. There are two ways that you can do this: you can use a nail clipper or a nail file. If you are afraid that you may cut your dog’s nails in too deep, then use a nail file and take their cues when you have filed enough that the nails are blunt and not harmful to others.
However, some dogs may not feel comfortable with the constant motions of using a nail file which is why there is also the option of using a nail clipper. You need to be very careful that you do not cut too much of their nail. If the inevitable has happened and their nail is bleeding, then there are a couple of easy ways to fix that. It is recommended to use styptic powder on the cuts to stop the blood flow and clean the area but you can also use either cornstarch or flour (whichever you have in your house) since they work just as well and they are also very cheap.
Pet wipes are your friend
Adding to our dog grooming tips list is that If you are out and about with your furry friend and they have stumbled into a messy situation, then you can easily clean them up with pet wipes. This emergency grooming tip can be applied if your pet has a cut that got dirt in it or even if their ears and paws are dirty. Dirt and small pebbles left in between your pet’s paws or mud in their ears may not seem too bad, but they may carry bacteria.
Grooming your dog does not refer strictly to baths, brushing, or nail care, it also includes situations like this one. We recommend that you carry a pack of pet wipes around to use them in a pinch. If you do not have those or cannot find some, then unscented natural baby wipes should work just as well.
Brush their coats often
If your pet has a long, thick coat you should know that they sometimes can get knots all up in it. Knots happen naturally, and they are not really harmful to the pet, provided that they are taken care of in a timely manner. Leaving the knots in will inevitably lead to a bigger matted fur mess that will take even more time to fix, and that will also prove incredibly uncomfortable to your furry companion.
This is why we recommend that you brush their coats weekly with a soft brush. Take your time and brush in the direction of the hair. If you do not, not only are you making your pet uncomfortable but you can also create knots. You should brush their fur coats once a week between 15 and 30 minutes, depending on the size of the dog and how much fur they naturally have. If you are the proud owner of an Alaskan Malamute, then you might have to dedicate an hour or two to their coat.
Use cornstarch for knots
A cheap way to get rid of knots easily and without much fuss is to use cornstarch. Spread a little bit on the knotted area and carefully start to brush the knot out from the end to the roots in small motions. You can apply more cornstarch if you feel the need, it will make getting knots out way more manageable for you and your furry friend!
Healthy supplements for dogs
Dogs generally get all of their vitamins and minerals from their food, but if you want them to have a shinier, healthier looking coat, there is a natural way to get it. You can give your pet supplements to get that luscious coat. We usually recommend flaxseed oil or fish oil as a great place to start. However, before you start giving them any supplements check in with your vet and see if your pet is not allergic in any way to them and the exact dosage that is recommended for their age, breed, weight and other variables.
Bath time hacks
All dog owners know that baths are an essential aspect of a weekly grooming routine for your pet. Their fur can get messy not only from rolling around outside in the dirt or a puddle but just from the simple dust that starts to collect around your house. Depending on your furry friend’s personality, bath time can be a pleasant activity that both of you can get to enjoy, but it can resemble a mini war zone where water, mud and soap suds are your weapons. Regardless of that, we would like to discuss some tips that you can include during bath time to make things easier for your pet and you as well and make sure that they come out clean and unharmed from the experience.
Taking them to a salon is not needed since you have all the tools that you need to offer them an almost similar experience in your own home!
Brush their hair before they take a bath
One of the most significant problems that can happen during bath time is that their wet fur coats can get matted or existing matted knots can become worse under the spray of water. We recommend that you gently brush your dog’s fur before you consider starting up a bath. It will help you take care of their coats and remove any of the existing knots from their fur, and it can calm them down, especially if they are not big fans of bath time.
Use a non-slip mat or towel
Before you start up the shower or turn the faucet on, make sure that you have a non-slip mat laid down in your tub. This type of mat will help your pet not slip around and hurt their selves, either by mistake or if they get anxious from the water spray. It will also keep your tub safe from scratch marks, something that every pet owner has either experienced or heard of at one point or another.
If you do not have a non-slip mat, then you can use a larger towel and lay it down inside your tub. However, please be aware that a towel can still slip around a bit, so you need to be careful with it while you bathe your pet! Using a towel is the inexpensive option but investing in a non-slip mat will help you more in the long run.
Use the right shampoo
Using whatever is closest to you in the tub as shampoo for your pet is certainly convenient, but it can do more harm than good. Human shower gels and human shampoos generally have harsh chemicals on their ingredients list. Our skin will not be hurt by those chemicals, but your dog’s skin is more sensitive, and it may suffer from rashes or chemical burns if the two come into contact.
In order to prevent this, we suggest that you go and buy dog shampoo. There are many options to choose from, and they are designed with ingredients that will not irritate your furry friend’s skin. If you use a natural shampoo your hair, then you could use it on your pet as well. However, read the ingredients list and make sure that it is as organic as possible before you go and use it!
Rinse the shampoo carefully
You got your dog in the bath, you got them wet enough, you shampooed their fur, and now the next logical step is to rinse the shampoo out. This is one part of the Dog Grooming process that some people consider to be the easiest but, if you’re not careful, it can do more harm than good. Make sure that you do not shampoo the dog too close to their ears, eyes, nose or mouth. Moreover, when you wash away the soap suds, you should spray the water in a direction away from their face.
If you washed the fur on their head and you do not know how to proceed, do not be afraid to cup your hand over their ears or eyes and direct the jet of water so that it runs down away from their faces. It is essential that your dog does not ingest or get shampoo in their eyes, ears or nose since it can cause irritations, small lesions or even infections.
Check their ears
Bath time is as good a time as any to check your dog’s ears. Not only do you have to clean any of the dirt that may be in there, but some insects may get stuck between their ear folds and start to nip away at their flesh, causing your dog pain and discomfort. Not only that, but ears are also the perfect place for an infection to fester which is why you should always check to make sure that everything is okay.
Dirt, mud, dust, and other small resides such as leaves can be caught in your dog’s ears (depending on how big they are) and bath time is the perfect time to perform a checkup!
Buy a bath toy
If your dog is not patient enough to sit still during bath time, then you can get them a small bath toy that they can have near them and play with it if they want. Some bath toys help calm dogs, and others are perfect for them to kick around with their paws in the tub while they get their bath. Experiment with your dog to see which bath toy is their favorite and be sure to bring it with you next time you decide to bathe them. It will comfort them and make your job easier at the same time!
Use lukewarm water
Knowing the right temperature for your bath water is essential. As with us, a dog will not be too happy if they are thrown into a bath, and the water’s temperature is either freezing cold or boiling hot! Start off the bath with lukewarm water and then slowly increase the temperature as your pet gets comfortable with the changes. Make sure to not go to extremes since you can at best make your pet uncomfortable and anxious and scared of the water, and at worst you can hurt by burning their skin with boiling water.
Moderation is key, and this concept applies perfectly to the water temperature of your furry friend’s bath as well!
Pat them dry
Bath time is over, and it is now time to dry your furry friend. However, at this last stage you can undo all of your hard work if you do not follow the next words of advice. Please do not rub your pet’s fur dry in circles! The friction between the towel and the fur can be uncomfortable, the circular motions can pull at the strands of fur and most importantly rubbing the fur in circles can lead to fur knots, especially if your dog has a long and thick coat.
Take your time and pat them dry as best as you can. If the weather is nice outside, then let out to dry of their fur in the sun. If the weather is not favorable then keep them inside somewhere warm and wait for the fur to dry completely on its own.
If you are serious about drying, then you may prefer to use a professional dog hair dryer. They are cost effective and also cut down the time it takes to get your pooch dry after bath time.
Use the right Dog grooming tools
We previously talked about how to brush your pet’s fur coat and how to get rid of knots, but now it is time to mention what tools you should use in order to do that.
These tools vary from dog breed to dog breed since they have different fur coats with various thickness levels. However, there are a number of tools that we recommend you keep around the house.
The first tool is a pair of dog clippers, which we have already talked about. Owning a rubber brush will be perfect if you have a short haired dog around the house. However, if you have a long coat furry friend, then you should get a slicker brush to help you detangle and brush their fur with ease. Another good dog grooming tool to have around the house is a bristle brush. This brush is perfect for dogs that have either short or long fur coats. It is meant to get rid of dirt that may get stuck in their coats.
Last but not least, invest in a handy vacuum to help you clean up the hair that your dog is shedding and that he or she has left around the house, the sofas, the couches, the chairs, the beds and any other surfaces.
Give them a massage
Giving your dog a massage can help them ease the strain on their muscles and allow them to relax. It may sound silly, but they experience the same levels of relief as we do when we get a massage. If you do not know how to do it, then you could consider hiring a professional pet service to do it for you.
Giving your pet a massage it a treat that is given from time to time but that can have beautiful results, including reducing malting when in and around the house because of the excess that is removed during the massage. As we have previously mentioned, taking care of grooming your dog does not only refer to things such as baths or nail clipping, giving them vitamins, taking care that they feel safe and that they are comfortable is just as important, if not more.
Well that’s it from us here at MBpets
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