Reasons to groom your dog

It is important for any dog owner to understand how and why they should groom their dog. Grooming is a vital part of dog care and keeps your pet healthy and comfortable; some breeds may require daily grooming to keep their coat in good condition, where others may need less frequent attention. Grooming also covers the clipping or breeds into a certain hairstyle, or shortening of long coats for the summer months.
Reasons to groom your dog
The following are some of the things that make grooming your dog so important:
• Regular grooming is beneficial for the dogs skin as well as its coat; problems such as scratches and thrush are dealt with quickly
• Building and maintaining the bond between dog and owner; packs would groom each other and caring for your dogs coat does not put you in a submissive position but strengthens the bond between you.
• General cleanliness and to remove shedding hairs before they get around the house; grooming your dog outside if weather permits means that the shedding hairs don’t get into your carpets and furniture which is particularly beneficial for houses with allergy sufferers
• Getting rid of parasites and pests that may be living on your dog’s skin. If you do find ticks they have to be removed carefully, do not just pull them off
• Checking your dog’s health in general; as you groom them you will be able to tell if they have any injuries, or are in a strange mood. Weird changes in temperament can indicate pain somewhere, and as you interact with your dog closely everyday you will be very aware of personality changes or mood swings.
Get into a routine with your dog; groom them at the same time each day so that they can expect it. Don’t attempt to groom a wet dog, and if you have a long haired one be gentle when removing tangles or foreign material; grooming should be enjoyable for you and your dog, and it won’t be if they expect pain or discomfort. Start grooming a puppy as early as possible so that they can get used to it, this is also an excellent chance to bond with the dog early on, and make sure they get used to being handled by humans
When you groom your dog you may need to do other tasks as well as simply brushing them. Check their feet for anything stuck between the pads, and the pads themselves for abrasions or sore patches. You also need to clean your dog’s ears and eyes on a regular basis, you can do this with cleaners bought at a pet store or dog grooming services and cotton wool balls or buds. Ears may need drops occasionally if they get waxy, speak to your vet if you are in doubt. You dogs nails will also need trimming to keep them at a comfortable length; you can do this yourself but be sure that you know what you are doing as there is a blood supply to each nail that can be hard to see, especially on black nailed dogs.

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