Are you looking for a new way to show your dog some love?
Regular at-home grooming may be just the way to do it.
Routine maintenance of your dog's coat gives you the time to show them some special care. It is also a chance to check for anything unusual, like lumps, ticks, fleas, cuts, or dry patches.
Not everyone who picks up a dog grooming brush knows what they're doing, though.
If you need a little help getting started on your dog's grooming routine, we are here to help.
Dog coats have a range of styling needs, similar to the way humans determine hair care based on differences in length and texture.
If your dog has long, luscious locks, it requires daily grooming.This keeps the coat from tangling as your dog moves around throughout the day.
At first, you may find the coat is already pretty tangled. Use a pet-friendly detangler or baby oil. Run the liquid through the trouble spot and gently brush the area.
Keep your dog grooming brush handy to start building up to daily brushes. Try brushing at a consistent time like after walking your dog or before bed.
Short coats can sometimes be considered "double coats." This is a term for coats with a soft layer topped by a thicker, weather-resistant layer.
Dogs with double coats include Huskies, Corgis, and Sheepdogs.
Although their hair does not tangle as easily as that of a Golden Retriever or Collie, they still need brushing a few times a week. This will allow you to comb out hair that is ready to shed, which prevents it from getting all over the house and your clothes.
Short, brittle coats do not require much maintenance, but it is still a good idea to groom at least once a week.
Their coats tend to build up fallen hairs as well, just not as intense as their heavy-coated friends.
Once you determine how often you need to groom, you're ready to get started.
Always run your dog grooming brush away from the dog's skin. In other words, brush in the direction the hair grows - like you would with your own hair.
Some dogs get used to grooming with no trouble because they think they are getting petted. Others will take a little warming up to this special treatment.
Either way, a best practice for grooming is to always be gentle.
Use slow, thoughtful strokes throughout their coat. Take the time to rid the coat of any tangles. For long or double coats, brush the tail and paws as well.
Having your own dog grooming brush and getting in to a regular routine benefits more than aesthetics.
In addition to shine and healthy hair growth, grooming can stimulate your dog's blood flow and better distribute natural oils.
Clearly, a little extra love can go a long way.
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