Home Grooming Tips
Updated: Oct 23, 2021
There are many dog grooming products and techniques that you can use to keep your beloved pooch clean, fresh & tidy. Check out our list of home grooming tips.
It doesn’t matter whether you have a poodle or a greyhound, your dog needs regular brushing. Brushing helps keep your dog’s coat shiny and glossy. The amount of brushing does depend on your dog’s coat, the length and texture. Breeds with long hair like retrievers or oodles will need frequent bruising, at least once a week, but ideally every day (not want you want to hear?). Short haired dogs like labradors or pugs also benefit from regular brushing, it can help remove loose hair and dirt and extend time between baths.
A long-haired dog’s coat can become easily matted if it’s not regularly maintained. When a dog’s hair becomes badly matted, it can cause them pain. Dog’s will lick and bite themselves where there is discomfort and this can cause skin irritations and infections. Things like grass, dirt, sand & bark can get stuck inside a matted coat. Regular brushing can help avoid this nasty mess. There are a lot of products on the market to help make regular brushing a lot easier, check out our all-natural detangling spray, it smells divine and will really help make regular bruising easier.
Can you hear clicking or tapping when your dog is walking on hard surfaces? That’s the best indication that your dog is ready for a nail trim. As a general rule, a nail trim is needed every 2-4 weeks. Do some research before you take on this job, it can be a little tricky. Or, if it’s not for you, find a great groomer, groomers often accept nail trims on a casual/walk in basis.
Dogs don’t need to be bathed too often, it really depends on the dog, the condition of their skin and the rate at which they get dirty. If you are interested in seeing some tips on making bathtime fun and stress free, check out our bathtime blog here. Regular brushing or using products like our Dolly’s Dry Shampoo or our calming spritzers can provide a refresh between baths. When you do give your dog a bath, it’s really important that you use a good quality, all-natural shampoo, check out our range of shampoos here.
Teeth and ears
It’s good to get into the habit of regularly checking your dog’s ears and teeth. Ear infections can be very painful and can impact your dog’s behaviour. Take your dog to the vet if you notice any of the following:
Ears that are red or inflamed
An unusual smell coming from within their ears
Out of character head shaking or ear scratching
Discharge coming from the ears (a little wax is normal)
Obvious discomfort when you touch their ears
Just like us hoomans, dog’s benefit from everyday brushing. You can purchase doggy toothpaste and toothbrushes to help make it easier for you. You can also purchase treats and toys designed to improve dental health.
We hope these simple but important tips help you to easily groom your dog at home. We are all busy hoomans, but regularly maintaining your dog can help avoid health issues in the future.