Dog Grooming

Keeping your dog looking nice is an essential part of caring for him. But many dog owners wrongly assume that dog grooming is an option, not a necessity.

It’s more than just a dog brush, experts will tell you. While brushing your dog is important, and counts for some grooming, the reality is that your dog needs professional dog grooming.

Why is Dog Grooming Important?

Professional dog groomers can bring an expertise to the job that you just can’t. They have access to dog grooming equipment that you might not, and they have experience and perhaps even training that gives them essential skills in keeping your dog’s fur healthy and attractive.

In addition, they often can provide your dog with a true grooming experience that goes beyond what most of us can do in our backyards or bathrooms.

Good dog groomers can ensure that your dog is clean, and that his fur is in good condition. But because a dog groomer will likely spend more time caring for your dog’s fur than you might, he or she might also see skin conditions that need care, or other conditions that need attention.

Beyond that, dog groomers have equipment you don’t have at home, including special dog wash treatments and the know-how to use them. They might also use dog clippers that are of higher quality than those you might buy for home use.

We recommend this Slicker Grooming Brush.

How to Find a Dog Grooming Service

Dog groomers can be found in a variety of places. Here are some ideas:

  • Ask at the vet’s office for a recommendation; sometimes a good quality dog grooming service is available on site at the vet’s.
  • Purchase an ebook, DVD or CD and learn do do at least part of the grooming yourself (will save you some money and helps build your relationship with your dog)
  • Head to the local pet store and ask about their offerings; dog groomers can often rent a space at the pet store and provide grooming while the dog’s owners shop.
  • Look for independent dog wash facilities; sometimes these are located in suburban neighborhoods. You might help with the wash, or the dog groomer might do all the work.

You can just drop your dog off at any groomer’s facility, but you might want to ask a few questions of the groomer first. These can include:

  • Has the groomer taken any dog grooming courses? This can assure you of a high quality dog wash and grooming session.
  • If the dog groomer took dog grooming courses, did they include a discussion of how to look for skin conditions and what to do about them?
  • Does the groomer provide puppy grooming? If you have a young dog this can be a relevant question since a puppy’s grooming needs can be different than an adult dog’s.

Grooming Your Dog at Home

If you need to save money or you just don’t want to take your dog to a dog grooming service, you might think that you can replicate the quality of a professional dog grooming session at home.

It’s a  little hard to do in the beginning, but you can give your dog a good grooming session at home. Here are some ideas:

  • Purchase an ebook, DVD or CD and learn do do at least part of the grooming yourself (will save you some money and helps build your relationship with your dog)
  • First, make sure you have the proper equipment. This goes beyond a good dog brush, though that is important. Also have on hand high-quality dog shampoo (not the shampoo out of your own shower) and flea dip medication if that’s needed. Also have fresh clean towels and dog clippers.
  • Be patient with your dog. Many don’t enjoy baths or being brushed and groomed. One advantage of taking your dog to a dog grooming facility is the dog can be leashed to the table, which makes the job much easier.
  • Groom your dog on a regular basis. How often he needs grooming is dictated by his breed, but read up on the breed’s grooming needs and try to keep to that schedule. Otherwise, his fur could get out of hand and you’ll have no choice but to take him to a dog grooming service.

Your dog’s grooming needs generally aren’t excessive unless they are  a high-maintenance breed. Be willing to do what’s necessary to keep him groomed, whether that is using a professional dog grooming service, or giving him a groom at home.

Further Information

Further information about  Dog Grooming and Dog Grooming Supplies can be found here.

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