Well groomed dogs feel better and they tend to look better. Keeping your dogs needs well attended to regularly will help avoid long nails that may be curled and matted hair which can be rather difficult to straighten out. Taking some time for your pet dog more often will ensure it’s healthy and it feels comfortable and cared for. Grooming for dogs ensures the shed hair is removed allowing for the dog’s skin to breath.
In Singapore’s humid weather makes it rather hard to keep a well-groomed dog, however, there are measures when followed will keep your dog in good health and at the same time keep it looking well-groomed. While most dogs like the outdoors, the warm and humid weather can cause them much stress. A good wash is needed for dogs as it helps remove dead skin, accumulated dirt when outdoors and removes all the shed hair.
Always start to brush your puppy from day one even when brushing is not needed. Let your pup lie down allowing you to do a thorough job and avoid breaking its coat – this is especially of importance for dogs like Tibetan Terriers, Shih Tzus, and Afghan Hounds. A broken coat gets split ends which then causes matting. When working with an older dog, lots of patience is needed as you work with the dog.
You can opt to use a grooming table which makes a bigger difference as it psychologically puts your dog in a different place. You can acquire a used table or make one but ensure it is stable as dogs are affected more by fear of falling than experiencing physical pain. If you do not have a table, grooming can be done by two people: one person holding the pup still while the other does the brushing. The one holding the dog should keep it on a short leash with the other hand on its shoulders. This way the dog won’t struggle as when he is being wrestled and strong-armed.
A slicker brush would be the best for almost all dog breeds. Rakes often come with a different number of teeth in each row thus you need to get one that is best for your dog. You can start by getting one with fewer teeth and widest separation. The underside blades from the curved teeth operate like seam rippers. You can hardly cut your dog with this rake type.
Furthermore, you will be able to pull out more hair than what a slicker brush would. Metal combs are also good to have as they are good for teasing out matted hair, cleaning the brush and getting to the small areas like behind the ears, between toes and under the armpits.
When brushing your dog, always start at the same place every time — you can best start at the bottom of its rear legs then work upwards, starting with one side, then moving to the other. For a thorough job, it is necessary to brush your dog from its skin out. And when the dog is wet, its hair may tangle since open hair cuticles will lock together causing matting.
Matting begins from the moving parts like the armpits, the tail, ankles and behind ears and then spread on. For a dog with double-coat, you will need to brush from the skin out to help remove the loose undercoat hairs.
This you will need to do each day if your dog’s coat is dry and cottony. However most dogs regular brushing will cause more static and thus more matting as well as affect the shedding cycle of the coat. You may brush the mat-prone areas each week and as for double-coated, long-haired dogs, brushing those more often especially when they are actively blowing coat. This is twice a year big seasonal shedding.
Get a suitable dog shampoo for your dog’s coat and remember that suds don’t clean the dog. The active ingredients in the shampoo when rubbed against your dog’s fur are what do the job. Also keep in mind that when you do not dilute the dog shampoo, you won’t be able to get it totally rinsed out.
Use an old shampoo or dishwashing liquid bottle to dispense the diluted shampoo. Get enough suds on the dog’s coat and brush it through covering each hair to help remove any tangles and other loose stuff.
Once your dog is dry, brush through his coat again and run a comb to clear out any tangles that may have been missed after the brushing. Be sure to brush and comb behind the dog’s ears, armpits, around the tail, under the chin and the ankles.
When a double-coated dog is shaved its coat will change. Even when the hair has grown back, it will more likely be softer, shorter and possibly have a different colour. Alternatively, your dog might develop clipper alopecia whereby the dog’s hair doesn’t at all grow back.
For many dogs, using the correct brush will take under 15 minutes once each week. In most cases, it can take 5 minutes which will make a big difference in both your dog’s life and yours as well.
To ensure your dog gets used to brushing, always start out from day one even when brushing is not needed. Let your pup lie down allowing you to do a thorough job and avoid breaking its coat. A slicker brush is the best for almost all dog breeds. And when brushing your dog, always start at the same place each time — you can start at the bottom of its rear legs then work upwards, starting with one side, then moving to the other.
For a thorough job, it is necessary to brush your dog from its skin out. Use reputable shampoos and frequent grooming appointments with professional groomers to ensure your dog gets the proper care. using the correct brush most dogs take 5 minutes worth of brushing which will make a big difference in both your dog’s life and yours as well.