Dog Grooming Video and Tips to AssistKeith
How to groom your dog and the tools required.
Regular dog grooming is very important for your doggy friend. Not only does it keep dogs’ coats clean and manageable, it also enables you to do a quick health check to ensure your pet stays in great condition. Professional groomer Mark Davies gives an introduction to dog grooming — so you can keep your canine pal looking spick and span.
There are numerous benefits to grooming your dog. As well as aerating the coat and ensuring healthy growth, brushing promotes excellent blood circulation. Grooming helps to keep grease levels down — a build-up of grease in a dog’s coat can block pores and cause sebaceous cysts.
Most dogs live indoors and so moult quicker and more often than their wild relatives, causing the loose hairs to become matted. If not brushed out regularly, they form into heavy wads which can drag the skin down, causing soreness and skin conditions.
Grooming is also the perfect opportunity for you to check your dog over to ensure he’s healthy. Giving him a once-over also enables you to check for any clumps of matted fur between his paw pads, which can sometimes become hard with dirt and grease, causing discomfort or pain when walking or running.
On an emotional level, grooming reduces stress in you and your dog, helping dog and owner to relax and build up a close bond. When you groom your dog regularly — start when he’s a pup to get him used to it — you’ll get to know him better, both physically and mentally.
What to have in a basic grooming kit
Although the types of brushes you need will depend on your dog’s coat type, these tools will come in useful for most dogs:
Wide-toothed, coarse metal comb
Ear and eye wipes
Soft slicker brush
Doggy toothbrush and toothpaste
A grooming rug/non-slip rubber mat