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by Gina Trounson
Do all dogs need to be groomed?
All long haired dogs need to be groomed to prevent knotting and some breeds that do not shed hair need to be trimmed. It is also good for short haired dogs like Labradors to be bathed to remove dead hair and dirt, whether it is done at groomers or at home.
Brushing is also an important time for bonding with your pet, promoting good skin health and provides a regular opportunity for observation for external parasites such as fleas, skin lesions and lumps and bumps.
How often should my dog go to the groomers?
The duration between grooms can vary greatly, even between dogs of the same breed. Coat condition, hair type and thickness are just a few variables. Each dog is different and a lot of it depends how much time you put in at home. A rough time frame is every 6-8 weeks but your groomer will advise you on this.
What are the benefits on taking my dog to a professional dog groomer?
We bath our dogs in “Dog” shampoo – not human shampoo as their pH balance is completely different from ours. We dry our dogs in our air-conditioned rooms. Nice and warm in winter, cool on hot summer days.
When you bring your dog in for their appointment, we like you to tell us all about your pet and exactly what you want us to do, so we can do the best job possible.
We have the proper equipment to get the job done well.
When we bath, dry and groom the dogs we also find a lot of ailments – lumps and bumps, hot spots, ears, skin and report these to the owners to follow up on as they haven’t always noticed these problems but are always appreciative to have us point these out for them.
We can express anal glands (externally) on request, pluck ears, clip nails and use medicated washes as prescribed by their vet.
What age should I take my puppy in for its first groom?
Ten days after their last vaccination they should come in and get shampooed, have their face, feet and bottom trimmed, toenails cut and ears plucked. This gets them used to the driers and being handled. We try to make it a pleasant experience for the pup. The older the dog, the harder it is to get them used to it.
What grooming should be done at home in between visits?
Brushing your dog between visits is the biggest help of all, especially for the animal. Too many owners leave their pet for months between grooms and then wonder why they have to be shaved off. It will also help keep the cost of your groom down (less time spent) and your pet will learn to accept brushing a lot better. Some owners like to shampoo in between grooms.
What special tips would you give to an owner wanting to groom their dog at home?
Put your dog up on a bench to brush it. For a young pup, brush small amounts and often, do one leg then put them down on a good note. Use treats and heaps of praise. If you begin brushing you dog while the hair is short the dog will accept it much more readily. Start with very short sessions and gradually lengthen them as your pet learns to enjoy the grooming.
Get the right equipment – a good slicker brush and comb but check with your groomer as each dog is different.
If you want to learn how to brush your pet at home, Groomingdales offers classes in this. It is a one hour session and will show you how to brush and comb your pet and how to make it easier on yourself and them.
What about cats?
Groomingdales do not groom cats but read the next article in this section, for more on cat grooming