Things You Need To Know About Dog Grooming
Just like humans, dogs require proper hygiene in their day-to-day lives to stay healthy. But unlike humans, dogs can't always do it themselves. Life is a lot easier for those of us with opposable thumbs, which is why your dog may need a little extra TLC from you to ensure it’s grooming requirements aren’t neglected.
Contrary to popular belief, dog grooming is about more than just fur. There are a lot of aspects that go into dog grooming — fur is just generally the most time-consuming part of it — so fending off the fluff tends to get the most attention. But grooming also encompasses regular upkeep you do at home, as well as the maintenance of a dog’s other physical features.
Grooming is a big task — no matter the size of your dog. But knowing all that needs to be done to keep your dog cute and clean is the first step. Let us break it down for you one by one, so you know all the areas on your dog that need attention.
Squeaky Clean Canine
Let’s be honest. Dogs tend to stick their noses in places they don’t belong. They like to roll around in whatever they happen across, which can lead to them returning home after being neck-deep in a mud puddle or covered in the neighbour's trash. And though we wish it were possible, dogs can't shower themselves, which means that bathing your dog is a must.
Here for the Ears
A dog’s ears are often its most defining feature. But people tend to pay a lot more attention to the exterior of the ears as opposed to the interior. If you’ve ever had an ear infection or went a little too long without cleaning out your ears, then you can understand precisely why it’s so important to keep a dog’s ears clean too.
Befriending the fur
When it comes to a dog’s appearance, fur is king. But with so many different breeds out there, not all fur can be treated equally. Some dogs have thick and fluffy fur, while others have a more short and slick look. Other dogs have hair instead of fur (hypoallergenic breeds like Poodles) while others have double coats, both of which provide a whole new set of obstacles and care techniques.
Going to the Groomer
Grooming is something you can generally do at home, but many people feel that certain grooming procedures, like cutting a dog’s hair, should be left to a groomer. The only problem is, pet grooming can be incredibly expensive, especially when you need to do it on a regular basis.