Dog grooming can be a messy and stressful process for both the amateur groomer and the dog in question. But it doesn’t have to be. Armed with a few hints and tips the process can be a much smoother affair for the four-legged client and the groomer. For some of the smaller dog grooming jobs, it can be done at home with a little determination and patience. The name of the game here is prevention and regular upkeep. The job can just get too big and overwhelming if left too long.
Use treats in your grooming session to control the process. You can even play some soothing music or light a lavender candle to help relax them. Your dog maybe scared of the grooming process and will struggle to get away, even bite if they feel cornered. Sometimes it’s a great idea to enlist your local dog trainer/groomer to help your furry friend work out these psychological issues before even attempting the amateur grooming session. Wags Pets dog grooming can use positive reinforcement techniques to desensitize your dog to the grooming process.
The recommend grooming period is once every 4-6 weeks. Regular brushing removes dead hair, distributes natural oils for a clean and healthy coat, stimulates the surface of the skin, gets rid of dead and dry skin, also avoids unnecessary knots, and helps you become familiar with your dog’s body. You should brush your dog every day no matter the length of the coat. Brush your dog’s teeth every day to avoid a build-up of tartar. If you leave that tartar to build up for too long it will be impossible to brush off you will need a special scaling tool. Try to trim their nails every week. If you let the nails grow out too much the nerves under the nail will grow out too, and then eventually when they are cut it will be excruciatingly painful for them.
Some of these procedures are best left to the professionals, especially if they have been left for too long! Don’t be afraid to tackle some of the maintenance jobs yourself, but leave those tricky jobs up to trained dog groomers over at Wags Pets in Auckland.