This time of year is normally the ‘summer holidays’. This year many of us are considering a ‘staycation’ rather than a ‘vacation’ or perhaps taking the time to catch up
Here are some home grooming ideas to ensure that your pet remains in tip top condition while your usual dog groomer is closed. Grooming your dog is also a great for bonding with your furry pal!
If you have a long haired or fluffy dog, make sure that you brush them daily to keep them comfortable. Pay special attention to areas that are more likely to create friction such as under their collar or between their legs to make sure you do not miss any knots or tangles.
Even very short haired dogs will benefit from a good groom with an appropriate brush which will act like a massage and leave them nice and shiny! It is a great opportunity to check your dog for ticks or any lumps or bumps they may have acquired.
You might normally leave bathing your dog up to the professionals and indeed bathing a fluffy dog too often can increase the formation of matts and knots in their coat. If you do need to bathe your dog before you can get to the groomers again, here is some advice for those with fluffy dogs:
- Remove knots before bathing – the process of bathing the dog can often make these knots harder to remove.
- Do not dry your dog by rubbing them with a towel. This friction will create knots and matts in their fluffy coat. Instead pat dry, or even blow dry (on a cool setting) to keep the coat as straight as possible.
- Use conditioner on fluffy or wool type coats to help reduce matting.
Of course, every groomer will tell you good diet is essential to maintaining a great coat. Upgrade your groom to a full pampering package by using Carnilove wet dog food smeared on a Lickit mat as a treat during the grooming process!
If you are looking for more information about grooming your dog, this article from the Blue Cross is a good place to start: https://www.bluecross.org.uk/pet-advice/how-groom-dog. Alternatively there are many breed specific online forums where you might find ideas for dealing with your dog’s coat.
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