Why Groom Your Dog?

Regular grooming helps keep your pet looking and feeling good. Every time your pet is brushed, loose hair and debris are removed from the coat, leaving it cleaner and healthier. Brushing also reduces the risk of matting. Aside from being unattractive, a matted coat limits the skin’s exposure to air, making your pet more prone to skin infections. It is also important to dematt a pet before bathing — once a matt gets wet, it will become tighter and harder to remove.

You and your pet will both appreciate the quality time that you spend together during grooming sessions. In addition to strengthening the bond between the two of you, frequent grooming provides an ideal opportunity to examine your pet  on a regular basis. That way you can spot any signs of illness early, when problems usually are easier to treat.

Introduce your pet to the idea of grooming early in life. Puppies will quickly become acclimated to a grooming routine. However, it’s never too late to start a grooming program, even if your pet is a senior citizen. If your pet is hesitant to accept grooming at first, don’t get discouraged; keep your grooming sessions short, and offer a treat when they’re completed. Pretty soon your pet will look forward to being groomed — and receiving all the extra attention.

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Here's some grooming help for dogs based on their coat type:

Wire-Haired Coats

Dogs in this category have harsh, dense, crinkly coats that give them a distinctive appearance. Most dogs in the terrier group, including the AIREDALE and the SCOTTISH TERRIER have wiry coats, as do SCHNAUZERS. 

Wire-haired coats are relatively easy to maintain with weekly grooming, both using a steel pin brush and slicker brush. When brushing, work against the grain of the hair, then repeat brushing with the grain. The outer wiry coat becomes soft when it gets too long and must be removed, usually by clipping or hand-stripping.

Short-Haired Coats

Dogs like the DOBERMAN PINSCHER, GREYHOUND and ROTTWEILER that have short and smooth hair are often classified as "smooth-coated". Weekly brushing, using a rubber brush, is all that's needed to remove dead hair and maintain a lustrous, healthy appearance. For smooth-coated dogs with slightly longer hair, such as the LABRADOR RETRIEVER, it’s a good idea to use a bristle brush along with a rubber, slicker and steel pin brush when grooming. 

Curly Coats

Typically, curly-coated dogs, such as the POODLE, were originally bred to live and work around water.These thick, tight, curly coats trap air, insulating the dog from water and cold air. Regular grooming that includes clipping by the pet owner or a professional is essential to keeping a curly coat looking its best. Daily at-home grooming with a steel brush, followed by a wire slicker, will remove dead hair and control tangles. 

Double Coats 

Many popular breeds, from the GOLDEN RETRIEVER and the BORDER COLLIE to the GERMAN SHEPHERD and the SIBERIAN HUSKY, are double-coated. In most cases, the inner coat is made of hair that is short and soft. Serving as a protective barrier against the elements, this coat is usually dense.

Outer coats come in a wide variety of lengths and textures. Some double-coated breeds have a short to medium outer coat, while others have a longer outer coat. In breeds such as the POMERANIAN or the SHETLAND SHEEPDOG, the hair is straight and harsh – while other breeds such as the AFGHAN HOUND or the YORKSHIRE TERRIER have silky outer coats. Double-coated dogs should be groomed regularly to keep both the inner and outer coats healthy. The thick hair of the inner coat can be prone to matting when it gets too long. This is especially true of Nordic breeds, many of which will not shed their inner coat hair.

Regular grooming with a slicker brush will remove dead hair and debris from the inner and outer coat.To work on the undercoat, use of an undercoat rake and a wide-toothed comb helps remove hair. For silky coated breeds like the AFGHAN or YORKIE, a mediumtoothed comb should be used. When grooming, you should pay careful attention to areas that are prone to matting, such as behind the ears, the mane and the legs. If matting is severe, consult a professional.

Grooming Tools 

There's a wide range of grooming tools available to help you keep your pets coat looking shiny, halthy and matt free.

  • Slicker brush - fine wire bristles that picks up dead hair and works through the coat.
  • Shedding comb - removes undercoat and fine hair
  • Dematting tool - works through a matted coat to gently free the hair
  • Stripping knife - helps remove undercoat and dead hair on wiry coats

 

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