Dogs need a haircut too and a ‘trip to the salon’ sometimes, like humans do. Grooming is a must for dogs not just for fancy reasons but also for hygienic ones. Some dogs are okay with being groomed, while for some, it is like world war that consists of loud barking.
That is why it is important that a dog is trained and taught at a young age about grooming. Do you have a puppy and you want to know the things you must do for its first grooming appointment? Keep on reading then!
Why Grooming Is Important
As mentioned earlier, grooming is all about your pup’s physical health and appearance. It maintains your puppy’s coat and skin. Shedding will also be reduced if the dog’s coat is properly maintained, brushed, and is healthy. Regular professional grooming can also detect issues about the conditions of the dog’s skin, ear, teeth, and more. It also makes the dog look good and smell nice.
Grooming also aids in developing the puppy’s behavior. It can get used with being handled by other people other than its owner or its owner’s family. It can also get used to seeing and being with other dogs. This grooming experience can make the dog’s future vet check-ups and visits stress-free.
Puppies must be vaccinated and had all their shots before being groomed. This will prevent your pup from getting diseases and bacteria easily from other dogs when interacting with them. A puppy should also be more than 16 weeks old before getting its first professional grooming.
You can do some basic grooming at home before doing the profession grooming too. With this, your pup will behave when being handled and the sooner you start handling them, the better. This basic grooming includes brushing the coat and “massaging” its face or “combing” the fur on its face so that it will be familiar with the brushing and won’t be aggressive and bite. Holding their paws is also a good thing to do as you can do a simple nail trimming when they got familiarized with it.
Don’t forget the praises and the treats to give to your fur baby for being a good dog.
Kinds of Grooming
Dogs have different coat type and each needs specific grooming needs. The following are some of the most common types of dog coats.
Dogs with smooth coats are the ones that require the least amount of grooming. However, a dog with this type of fur still needs to be bathed and brushed regularly. A bristle brush can be used to loosen and remove the dead hair.
Basset hounds, pugs, and Dalmatians are some examples of dogs with smooth coats.
Long coated dogs need combing and brushing daily. Since they have long coats, the dogs are prone to having a matted or tangled fur. A detangling shampoo will help with this problem and take good care in detangling the matted fur of your dog as this may cause them pain and stress. A blow dryer is a big help when drying out the fur after giving the dog a bath.
Lhasa Apso, Maltese, and Yorkshire terrier are some breeds with long coats.
For curly-coated dogs, trimming the curls is a must because they grow fast and can be tangled easily. Towel-dry first the fur before blowing it dry after giving a bath.
Poodles, Irish water spaniels, and pulis fall under this category.
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