Dogs are lovable for so many reasons—they’re adorable, they’re always excited to see us, they make great cuddle- or exercise-buddies—but one thing they’re not known for is their hygiene. That’s why grooming is so important. Not only can regular grooming help to maintain clean, healthy coat and skin, it can also cut down on shedding, prevent disease and infection, and make your pup look and feel great overall.
Yeah, we know grooming is important but it’s a hassle, right? It doesn’t have to be. Here are some dog grooming tips, tricks, and how-to’s that will help make grooming your dog an easier, more manageable task.
Experts typically recommend that dogs be bathed at least once every three months. But if your pup spends a lot of time outside, especially in the sticky summertime, you may want to bathe them every few weeks. Be sure to give your dog a good brushing before you bring out the hose, then gently work in the shampoo, taking care to not get any near their eyes, nose, or ears. After you’ve lathered them up, rinse clean and dry with a big towel to ensure that no bacteria forms from the excess moisture. For playful puppies that view bath time as a chance to act especially goofy, try placing a floating toy in the tub or pool so that they have something to focus on.
Regular brushing can help keep your dog’s coat in good condition by distributing natural oils through their hair, removing dirt, and keeping their skin clean. It also allows you to check for ticks, fleas, and any other skin irritants that may be bothering them. Brushing once a week is recommended for dogs with short to medium coat length, but longer-haired dogs who experience matting should be brushed frequently, using special brushes made to safely detangle.
Dental care is an important part of the grooming routine. You can help keep your dog’s teeth and gums healthy by regularly brushing their teeth and making sure their diet doesn’t promote the build-up of bacteria and plaque. Brushing can help to remove this build-up, as well as prevent gum disease and gingivitis from forming. Be sure to use a toothbrush specifically designed for pets. If possible, establish a regular brushing routine early on or slowly introduce them to having their mouth handled by gently massaging it.
Regular maintenance will ensure your pet stays healthy and happy. Keeping your dog clean, brushed, and trimmed throughout the year will keep you in touch (literally) with any problems that might be developing and that you would not have otherwise noticed. That means you are not only keeping your dog healthier, but you are dealing with issues that, unattended, could end up being expensive to treat.