Posted May 05 2021
DOGGY GROOMING DO’S & DON’TS
Does your doggo love rolling in the mud? Is your pup always covered in burrs and dirt? Time to clean up – with a little help from Marltons. Follow our list of do’s and don’ts and grooming your fur baby should be a walk in the park – or as good as!
Do: Regularly brush your doggo’s fur
Did you know that regular brushing helps keep your fur baby’s hair glossy and healthy? This is an important part of doggy care… Not only does regular brushing help remove dirt but it’ll spread natural oils through their coat, keep their skin irritant-free and prevent their hair from matting which can be painful. Of course, longhaired breeds will need to be brushed more often – we’re looking at you Shih Tzu’s! But shorthaired dogs can also benefit from a brush every week or two to remove dirt, dander and loose hairs. Need a new brush? Try our Double Sided Brush.
Don’t: Bath pup too often
Experts say you only need to bath your fur baby when it’s absolutely necessary – if they’re dirty from playing in sand or mud, or have rolled in something smelly. Why? Bathing dogs too often can strip their coats of important natural oils and cause skin conditions. The ASPCA recommends bathing your canine companion at least once every three months. But if your dog is a dirt-magnet or has a skin problem, this may mean more frequent bathing is necessary! If your pooch has a skin condition, why not try our Gentle Dog Shampoo?
Do: Check your dog as you groom
Pro tip: This is a great time to check for any skin issues on your pup – ticks and fleas too! If you do happen to find an infestation, make sure you check out our doggy healthcare range. Here’s how to check your doggy’s skin: Run your fingers through your fur baby’s coat, then feel for any odd lumps and bumps. Now, take a closer look at the skin by parting your pup’s coat and looking for any rashes, redness, moles, bald spots or anything unusual.
Don’t: Cut their nails too short
You know it’s time to trim your doggo’s nails when you can hear them clicking on your floors! Trimming their nail helps prevent them from the discomfort that comes with very long nails. But before you get to trimming, make sure you’re not cutting too close to the quick or you risk hurting your fur baby. If you’ve never trimmed your dog’s nails before, ask your vet or a groomer to show you how it’s done. Looking for a new dog nail trimmer? We’ve got one with a built in safety guard! Check it out here.
Do: Bath your doggy in a warm setting
Make doggy bath time extra fun for your pup by ensuring it takes place in a warm environment. Bathing them in cold weather outdoors is like having a cold shower in winter! It can also cause your fur baby’s temperature to drop, which could give them the sniffles. Another pro tip from us: Steer clear of blow dryers. Most dogs are terrified of them and it can cause your doggy to overheat. Rather opt to towel dry your fur baby and then let them dry out properly in the sun.
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Don’t: Neglect grooming tools
When it comes to doggy grooming, the sharper your tools are, the quicker it’s over for your pooch and the more seamless your job will be! Keep those nail clippers finely tuned and rust and dirt free otherwise they may pull at your fur baby’s nails when you’re trimming them. Looking for a new dog nail trimmer? We’ve got one with a built in safety guard! Check it out here.
Do: Make grooming time fun
Most dogs aren’t big fans of grooming time. So, a little positive reinforcement here goes a long way – especially for puppies! Try these little tricks to streamline your grooming routine:
- Smear peanut butter on the wall while washing or brushing your fur baby. They’ll be too busy licking it up to really notice what’s going on!
- Go slow to reassure your pup that everything’s alright. Give them a new toy to help make it more fun – like this latex chicken!
- Make sure you dish out lots of praise and treats for good behaviour so your dog associates grooming time with these things. While you’re here why not browse our tasty range of dog treats!
- Pop a bath mat down before grooming time to make sure your fur baby doesn’t slip in the tub or shower.
We hope this helps your grooming process along! While you’re here, why not read our other helpful blog posts about pet care?