Bathing your dog is an essential part of caring for him. Dogs are a part of our lives, they give us unconditional love every day, and the least we can do for them is to feed and nurture them regularly.
We must know that the coat is a mirror of health, that is why brushing must not be skipped. Don't let the dog you love be messy and dirty, because that is the shortest way to skin diseases and various infections. Every dog breed sheds differently - for e.g., Malamutes are heavy shedders, a Maltese is known not to shed. But, for example, you might not know how much do pomeranians shed? Or any other breed that you might consider adopting or bringing home. That’s why we need to remember that proper and regular combing of the fur will remove dead hair, reduce shedding and combing stimulates the growth of new and healthy hair.
Reasons For Bathing Your Dog
Although dogs love water, bathing is not exactly their favorite activity. However, if you start to get your pet used to shampoo and proper care in time, this procedure can be real fun. The first bath of the dog should be at an early age. Puppies are easier to train and adapt to the requirements of the owner, so later you will have less problems to "make" the dog to be calm during bathing.
The most important reasons for bathing your dog regularly are the following:
- Dirt is removed from the coat.
- It prevents the occurrence of allergic reactions, due to the accumulation of pollen and other particles on the animal's fur.
- Irritations and itching are kept to a minimum.
- Unwanted and unpleasant odors are neutralized.
- The health and appearance of the dog's fur and skin is improved.
- Shedding and hair loss are reduced, as well as the spread of dirt around the house.
Puppy’s first grooming
It takes a lot of patience and effort to raise your puppies the right way. They are small, gentle, they need help and require a lot of attention and care.
The first visit to the groomers should be from the puppy’s 12 week of age to acclimate the puppy. They also need to have had all of their regular shots. The first session is always about familiarizing the puppy and the owner with the process.
The grooming of the coat is essential to the health of fur. This includes keeping the paw, muzzle, eye area and buttocks clean.
You can familiarize your puppy with some of the grooming steps by introducing some stimuli to the puppy.
- The Paw
To make sure nail clipping at the groomer goes as smooth as possible, your puppy should have a positive affirmation about touching his paws. Dogs reflexly tend to pull their paws aways if being touched by their feet, thus, try to get him used to touches. With gentle caresses and massages your puppy will slowly learn that touching his paw is only a part of petting.
- The Ear
- The Eye
- The Tail
This first visit is memorable, even though it can be quite a stressful one as well. Let the groomer know it’s his first time so the session would be quick and short, exposing the puppy to less stress.
Make sure you are calm as dogs tend to mirror the owner's feelings. Groomers mostly recommend the following for the first visit:
- Light brush out
- Nail trim
- Ear cleaning
- Light trim if needed
The puppy should slowly be table trained, never leash trained. He should also be loosely restrained at first, never tightly, so not to frighten him. It usually takes two to three sessions for the pup to acclimate to the grooming process.
Adult Dog Grooming
A great way to bond with your adult dog is grooming. You can do it while playing or even while cuddling. If you’ve had your dog since he was a puppy and you got him used to grooming, from now on, it is pure maintenance.
Generally, a dog’s grooming requirements depend on the breed and fur type. It is also important to use the appropriate grooming tools. If your dog has a skin, ear or nail condition, follow your veterinarian’s instructions regarding grooming your dog.
On accession, you may need to pluck your dog’s ear hairs as a regular hygiene. This might seem a bit over the top dramatic at first, but it’s an essential step and it does not hurt as much as it looks.
After bathing, we recommend using a hairdryer set to cool. This way the dog won’t retain that “wet dog” smell.
The frequency of grooming is different for every dog depending on their fur.
- Long-haired dogs usually require daily brushing to prevent matting and tangling of hair.
- Medium-haired dogs may be prone to matting and tangles and should be brushed at least twice weekly.
- Short-haired dogs can go up to a week in-between brushing.
Dog’s coats change as they age. Much like humans, they get gray hair around their eyes and muzzle. Coats can begin thinning, and skin irritations, growths, or lumps begin to appear. A grooming session is the best time to note any changes in a dog’s health. A good bath will relieve itchy areas they can no longer reach themselves. Senior dogs are overjoyed with the extra attention they get during and after grooming.