Want to reduce stress, stay active, and have a meaningful companion in your life? If so, adopt a dog!
Dog ownership can be one of the most rewarding things in life, but it can also be a big stress if you don’t know how to properly care for your pet’s coat and nails.
If you’re a new dog owner, help your dog stay healthy and look its best by getting them professionally groomed. Here’s everything you need to know about how often to groom your pet, and why it’s a good idea to start from an early age.
Supplies to Prepare before Picking Up a Puppy
- House or Crate
- Food & Nutrition
- Dry Food
- Wet Food
- Canned Food
What Breed of Dog Do You Have?
The type of coat your pet has will play a big part in your dog grooming schedule.
A short hair dog will shed regularly, so they won’t need cuts or styling, but they will need regular brushing to reduce shedding and keep their coat in pristine condition.
While you can brush at home, it can be helpful to take your dog to the groomer for bathing and low-shed grooming. Dogs only need bathing every 3-6 weeks, to protect the natural oils of their coat, but it can be less stressful for you and your dog for this to be done by a pro.
Dogs with longer hair that keeps growing, such as Maltese, poodles, or any dog with wavy or curly hair, should be groomed every 4-6 weeks.
These dogs are prone to matting and knots, so they need regular brushing, trims, and styling to keep hair from getting in their eyes and to prevent damage to their coats.
What Grooming Tasks Can Be Done at Home?
In between visits to professional dog groomers, you can lightly brush your dog a few times per week. This keeps their fur from tangling and also gets them used to being groomed and handled.
Consider also trimming your dog’s nails every month or two to keep them from getting too long. However, if your dog isn’t comfortable with this, a groomer can always look after nail care as well.
If you like the challenge of grooming your dog, why not consider it as a career? Dog grooming classes can help you get started.
What Are the Advantages of Having Your Dog Professionally Groomed?
It is always smart to have your dog groomed regularly. They’re experts and trained to safely handle dogs who might be nervous or uncomfortable being bathed or handled.
Professional groomers have all the needed tools to correctly groom a dog and can deal with the not-so-fun parts of dog ownership, in case your pup has contacted fleas or had a run-in with a skunk.
If you start taking your dog to a groomer at a young age, they will get used to it and the process will become less scary for them over time.
Look After Your Pet Today
The best way to look after your dog’s skin, fur, and nails are by having them professionally groomed on a regular basis.
Keep your treasured pet looking their best by looking after their coats. Baths and nail trimming can cause a lot of stress for pet owners, so trust your pet to a professional for best results.
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