Dog Grooming Basics Every Pet Owner Should Know

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You love your pup. They provide you with unconditional love, snuggles, and support.

That’s why it’s so important you take great care of your furry friend. Yet few owners understand good grooming and hygiene is as important for pets as it is in humans.

Make sure you give your dog the VIP treatment with these dog grooming basics.

Different Breeds Require Different Dog Grooming Basics

You may recall a previous post where we said that different sized dogs don’t require different grooming. While that still rings true, we also touched upon another important fact: it’s the breed that truly matters.

Whether your pup has the wiry coat of a Schnoodle or the thick coat of a Husky, it’s important that you buy the proper tools for your breed.

Using the wrong type of clipper or brush can result in accidentally harming your dog. If you’re unsure of the best products, consult your local groomers or vet’s office.

Bath Time

Whether they’ve just come in from the rain or it’s just been a few weeks between baths, nothing is worse than a smelly pup. Especially when they’re extra affectionate and cuddly.

It’s important that owners bathe their pets on a regular basis.

Typically, it’s recommended that pet owners bathe their dogs at least once a month. However, this will likely depend on a few other factors like environment and how active your dog is.

You’ll also want to purchase special pet-specific shampoos for your dog, which should be rinsed with warm water.

Dental Hygiene

Yes, believe it or not, it is important that you brush your dog’s teeth every now and again. Dogs are just as susceptible to oral diseases like gingivitis and dangerous tartar buildups as humans.

It may not be the most pleasant experience (for both owner or dog) but it’s still a good idea to brush your dog’s teeth around three days a week.

This will likely take a great deal of practice, so be sure to have a few spare treats on hand to keep them calm.

Clipping Your Dog’s Nails

If you’ve ever experienced a dog with sharp claws jumping on you, you know how painful it can be.

Yes, it’s adorable that they’re excited to see you, but sharp claws can leave some pretty serious scratches and bruises on human skin. Not to mention sharp nails can tear carpeting and scratch flooring.

It’s your responsibility as a pet owner to keep your dog’s nails neat and trimmed. We recommend talking to your local groomer about a demonstration or at least reading up on how to clip your dog’s nails.

Clipping too close to the paw can actually harm your pup, so you owe it to them to do your research.

Keep Your Dog Healthy and Clean

It’s important that you take care of your dog by implementing these dog grooming basics.

Of course, if you’d like some help, Lucky Dawg Pet Services would be more than happy to assist! Get in touch to learn about our pet grooming salon that is sure to pamper your pooch.

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