To almost all of us, dog coats are somewhat of an mystery-sometimes a very matted and messy mystery. Whether they’re long and fluffy, short and coarse, or single- or double-coated, there’s an effective way to groom dogs’ coats to keep them looking their finest.
AT-HOME GROOMING ESSENTIALS
Proper grooming is absolutely a essential part of your dog’s health insurance and well-being, and helping clients take the best care of their dogs is often Corinne’s #1 goal. We asked her what pet owners can do at home, among professional grooming, to keep their dogs’ coats up to snuff.
The tools There are three basic tools for maintaining a freshly groomed coat: a comb, a brush, and a rubber brush.
For long coats, a half wide-tooth, half fine-tooth comb should be most of your tool. Use with a slicker or dematting brush to keep your long-coated dog fluffy and knot free.
For short coats, a rubber brush will be your primary tool. Utilize it with a deshedding tool to eliminate under coat, and finish up with a comb for a wonderfully smooth and shiny result.
The brushing Select a pattern and abide by it over your dog. Try starting on the right hip and work right down to the foot. Then move to the neck and work across the back and down the medial side. Then brush the front right leg, under chin, chest, and start the pattern over on the left side. Save the tail and head for last.
Lift the hair and work small sections at a time, making sure to get to the main of the hair directly at your skin. Corinne told us this about brushing to the root, “Much too often, clients tell me they brushed their dog, and are surprised by needing to select from dematting charges or shaving their pet because they didn’t comb to the main.”
Corrine suggests that if you want to bathe your dog at home, try combing the knots out while the hair is wet. It is much easier to see exactly the size and located area of the mats. When towel drying, pat, don’t rub, the coat dry. Rubbing supports the forming of mats. If you dry your pet with knots left in, they’ll tighten, forming more mats. If mats are left unattended, they cause discomfort, irritation, and can be quite dangerous to eliminate. Contact here
Nail trimming Probably the most disheartening duty of pet grooming is nail trimming. Corrine runs on the motor-operated grinder, which allows her to work the nail down slowly. The dog’s reaction tells her when she’s near the quick. For all those of us at home with outdated clippers, it can be hard to measure the right spot to clip, and when you clip too close, you cut in to the quick which bleeds and causes your best buddy pain.
It’s most common to utilize styptic powder on the pet’s bleeding nail. Corinne also reports that, “Cornstarch or flour helps stops bleeding nails unless you have a styptic powder or gel. To staunch the bleeding, contain the powder to the nail and apply pressure. Monitor those nails, though-the bleeding may resume if the nail scratches a rough surface.”
AT THE GROOMER’S
There are many things that you can tell your groomer to make the grooming go to the greatest experience for any:
Does your pet have any medical conditions, food allergies, ever had a seizure, or need medication?
Have you have you ever been informed of bad behavior at a previous groomer?
Does your pet have sensitive feet? Hates getting wet? Freaks out with the dryer?
This helps your groomer give your pet the special attention he needs or make necessary accommodations for your visit. Also, ensure that your groomer has your present contact information, to allow them to get in touch with you in case there is an emergency.