Much like any individual who indulges themselves with salon-quality treatments performed by beauty industry professionals, your pup desires optimal care and additional attention as well. There is not always time to ensure specialty at-home specialty maintenance, but it important to put your best foot forward and enhance your relationship with your dog. After all, a dog is man’s best friend, and is it not a rule of thumb- “You are only as good as the company you keep”?
It is only natural for you to want your canine to thrive, and successfully sustain healthy grooming habits. Our team of experts and stylists pride themselves on the quality of service they provide as regular sessions are beneficial for ultimate upkeep. However, we don’t want grooming to end after your appointment, so we have created some at-home grooming tips to successfully achieve overall wellness for your beloved in between consulting with a professional.
The Benefits of At-Home Grooming:
-Allows you and your dog to have bonding time with one another
The same way a new parent connects with their child and develops a trusting relationship and safe environment, this is an opportunity for you and your puppy.
-Promotes good health in both dogs and humans
The interaction is studied to lower stress levels and reduce blood pressure in both parties.
-Promotes overall healthcare for your dog in terms of his coat, skin, feet, ears, teeth, etc.
Aesthetic appearance and hygiene are key factors for your dog to progress, develop, and advance behaviorally and physically with the outside environment.
-Allows you to familiarize yourself with all parts of your dog’s body
This will assist you with understanding functionality and foresee early on anything unusual that may require veterinary care.
There is a learning curve when it comes to executing an at-home grooming session, but do remember to keep things positive and fun for your canine. This can and will eliminate fear for future professionals if you maintain a comfortable environment, a warm, embracing attitude, patience, and even some treats!
If you have trouble, and need assistance due to a circumstantial situation due to your dog’s current health and wellness, please seek professional care. Some dogs may need assistance as they have a difficult time getting their nails clipped by their owner, or have fear or anxiety of water, etc. We do not want you to attempt to manage this condition on your own as we do not want it to worsen. Specialty care should be considered and we advise you to address this in a consultation.
Luckily bathing does not need to occur as frequently as a human. Most dogs can go a month or two without a formal bath as they have an innate instinct and ability to self-clean, unless they have gotten themselves into some smelly, or dirty mischief that requires your immediate attention. Bathing your dog too often can result in stripping natural oils from their coat and dry out the skin. This can lead to irritation, which can worsen through scratching, and a constant shedding of the coat. It is important to use a specific shampoo that is geared towards dogs. Regular shampoo is extremely harsh for the canine’s skin and can cause the same effect as over-washing.
Any groomer will suggest you line a non-slip surface, such as a bath mat or towel, down where you will be bathing your dog to avoid injury as well as a messy, inconvenient, clean-up. Then lather up the entire coat, and rinse thoroughly. You do not want to leave behind any dull residue on the coat. Just as a human, avoid contact between the shampoo directly with your dogs, eyes, mouth, and inner ears.
Each breed of dog has a different length and unique quality to their coat and fur. Regular brushing is imperative to remove any dead hair and helps to distribute the natural oils that your dog produces, stimulates the surface and nerves of the skin, and effectively wipes off the dead skin. Brushing can be a special time to get familiar with your dog’s body and embrace any techniques such as rubbing that your dog may enjoy. This can feel similar to a massage to them and really allows you to create a chemistry and friendship with your dog.
There are many styles of brushes/combs available that can be used for general purpose or other specific uses. Shedding blades and universal slicker brushes are wonderful for removing dead hairs from their coat. Overuse of this type of brush may begin to thin out your canine’s hair. It is too harsh for general use. Finishing slicker brushes are perfect to make fringe hair look fluffy. Individuals should consider their agenda for styling and transforming their dog’s coat through brushing techniques. Identifying what you hope to accomplish will help you shed their seasonal coat accordingly as you may brush them every couple of days.
Feet & Nails
Keeping a dog’s feet maintained with trimmed, neat nails, looks nice, but more importantly it will help to reduce the amount of tar, sticks, rocks, ice-chips, salt, splinters, etc, that can get caught in between the cracks of their feet and cause them extreme discomfort as they walk. When the nails are too long, they can get caught on things; certain fabrics and materials, creating tears and rips all around your house. Also, a dog’s nails tend to curve, and can cause a twist in the dog’s walk/alignment and other difficulties when maneuvering. The focus is to reduce the risk of torn nails and pain for your canine.
Nails grow pretty often and should be tended to approximately every two weeks or so. When you begin to hear a tapping or clicking as your dog walks across the floor, you have waited too long.
Proceed with caution as an individual can easily “over clip”, much like someone who files their nails down to low experiences that stinging sensation. Specialty scissors help to avoid cutting to close, following the curve, and not clipping the vein. To be safe, it is recommended to clip the tip of the nail. If bleeding occurs, you have cut too close. For now, keep a cold compress to numb the area.
Cleaning the inside of your dog’s ears is the most beneficial preventive tactic for ear infections. Examining the outside surface can alert you the presence of ticks and fleas. Professionals advise an ear check and cleaning about once a week with a cotton ball or gauze dipping in ear cleaning solution. Even a baby wipe can do the trick.
- Do not use water as it does not evaporate easily and can cause more damage.
- Do not use Q-tips or any other common tools.
- Much like your own ear, do not go further down the ear canal as the opening will allow.
- You do not want to risk causing a painful injury.
- If you notice an unusual smell or a discharge coming from your dog’s ears, bring it to your veterinarian’s attention.
Dogs suffer from many of the same dental issues as humans (i.e., cavities, gum disease, tartar buildup, and especially BAD BREATH, etc.) The bacteria build up from gum disease can also get in your dog’s bloodstream and cause more severe health problems. Regular teeth cleanings will save you vet expenses and terminate additional issues. It is beneficial to clean your dog’s teeth three to four times a week in order to optimize their oral health and hygiene.
Similar to how you would clean your dog’s ears, you can wrap a piece of gauze around your finger. There are also finger caps, and toothbrushes specifically designed for dogs that you can purchase to assist you. Toothpastes that are formulated for dogs can be purchased as well at your local pet store, or baking soda and water can be used in a pinch. Standard human toothpaste foams too much and can upset the dog’s stomach when it is swallowed.
You only need to clean the outside surface of the teeth. Your dog’s tongue will naturally keep the top and inside surfaces clean.
In the beginning you may need to start by just getting the puppy used to you rubbing her gums with your finger, and then moving on to one of the tools.