Regular grooming is crucial for any pet. Just like with humans, grooming is essential for your dog’s overall health. The grooming process helps your dog get rid of excess hair, which will improve their overall coat, and result in less shedding and dander in your house. Grooming also helps bring their natural skin oils to the surface, resulting in a better overall physical appearance. However, there are common mistakes that lots of owners make. Let’s look at those common dog grooming mistakes and how to avoid them.
Mistake One: Not Being Consistent With Your Dog’s Grooming
Owners mistakenly think that dogs only need grooming at certain times of the year. Or that dogs only need grooming when their fur looks like it needs it. This is a common mistake and one that owners can easily correct. Getting your dog on a set schedule with grooming is helpful for everyone. Think of grooming as an additional piece of your dog’s overall training.
Taking your dog on regular trips to the groomer helps them get used to going on outings and interacting with people. This can help them recognize that there is nothing scary about the groomer. The more familiar your dog becomes with grooming, the less stress and anxiety he or she will feel about the process. Also remember, grooming is a year-round activity. While a dog may need a more in-depth grooming session as the seasons’ change, visits to the groomer should happen on a regular year-round schedule.
Don’t forget to follow up scheduled grooming visits with regular brushing at home. This helps reinforce the message of grooming, and provides you with time to bond with your dog!
Mistake Two: Not Having The Correct Dog Grooming Tools At Home
As we mentioned in Mistake One, an owner should also groom their dog at home. Grooming isn’t just an activity for the dog spa, although there are several grooming activities best left to the professionals. But even basic grooming will be difficult to do, and potentially uncomfortable if you don’t have the proper tools at home.
Dogs have coats of varying lengths and thicknesses. Brushes and other tools are not a one-size-fits-all thing. Based on their coat, your dog will need different types of brushes. If you try to brush out their coat with the wrong tools, it could make your dog very uncomfortable. If a dog begins to associate discomfort with grooming, it will make the process very difficult for you—and any professional groomer you use. Purchase the right tools and use them correctly. Have your groomer help you determine which tools are the best for you to use at home.
Mistake Three: Using Too Much Soap During Bathtime
Every dog owner can relate to their canine friend getting into mud or something else and then needing an immediate bath. Where owners can make a mistake is using too much soap to clean off their friend. The amount of soap you need depends on the type of coat your dog has, the length of their fur, and how much dirt/debris they have in their fur. It’s better to use less soap than you think.
Start with a portion the size of a quarter. You can always add more if you need to. Excessive soap can take quite a bit of time to wash out of your dog’s coat. If your dog isn’t a big fan of bath time, to begin with, this could lead to a buildup of soap residue in their coat and extra stress on your pooch. Don’t forget to plug their ears with cotton balls as protection from the soap and water.
Mistake Three: Clipping Nails Too Close
Regular nail trims are also a part of your dog’s grooming. However, this task isn’t as easy as it looks. If an owner isn’t familiar with what to do, they can cut the nails too short. This can cause your dog a great deal of pain and even cause bleeding if the quick is cut. This can be upsetting for both the owner and the dog. Ask your groomer for tips and tricks on best practices for nail trimming. Even better, book a regular appointment with your groomer for nail trims instead.
Choose Lucky Dawg For All Your Dog Grooming Needs
Treat your furry family members to the best grooming services. Lucky Dawg has over twenty years of experience in both dog grooming and cat grooming. We offer a top-of-the-line experience in our salon, as well as mobile grooming options. Our mobile grooming van can come directly to your home for both the comfort and convenience of your pet. To learn more about us and see what we are doing in the community, follow us on Facebook, or contact us here.
a pet owner comes with a lot of responsibility. Making sure your dog
stays healthy and happy are at the top of the list. Did you know that
keeping your pet healthy goes beyond routine vet visits? Regular
grooming is a vital part of pet care and keeps your dog looking and
lot of pet owners feel they can perform grooming measures on their
and although this is true, it isn’t always the best idea. You see,
pet groomers have been trained in the art of pet hygiene. They know
where to clip and where not to, how to effectively clean ears, and so
much more. It’s in your dog’s best interest to be regularly
by a professional.
Dog Grooming Prevents Health Problems
are active, curious beings. They like to romp and play in the grass,
dirt, and with other animals. These activities are great and should
be encouraged. However, they can leave your furry friend in a state
that requires a bath.
Regular dog grooming is a must for your active fur-baby. Nature can cause a whole host of skin issues like rashes and irritation. Imagine what it would be like if your pet got into some poison ivy? Yikes!
you get your dog professionally groomed, all of these potential
hazards will be washed away. Plus, your groomer will be able to spot
any skin issues hiding under your dog’s fur.
Amateur Nail Clipping Is A No-No
many times have you dreaded clipping your dog’s nails because the
process is sheerly terrifying for the both of you? It’s very hard
to tell where the quick of your dog’s nail is due to their dark
color. This can result in cutting too deeply and causing pain,
bleeding, and fear in your pet.
A professional dog groomer knows exactly how to trim your pet’s nails, uneventfully. They also have the proper tools in which to do it. Having trimmed nails is imperative for your dog’s well-being.
Timely Parasite Detection
all dogs have parasites, but if they do, it’s best that the little
buggers are spotted as soon as possible. Regular dog grooming ensures
that this will happen. Your grooming specialist has an eye for fleas,
and other irritating bugs that may have called your dog’s coat or
sooner these infestations are caught, the better it is for your pet’s
health. Your groomer can recommend products that will help get rid of
the bugs and prevent re-infestation.
Regular Dog Grooming Keeps Your Pet’s Coat Shiny & Healthy
like human hair, dog coats come in many different textures and
lengths. Different coats require different attention. Sometimes,
brushing your dog’s coat simply isn’t enough.
fur is highly prone to matting
require special tools that only professional groomers have on hand.
Plus, your groomer will know how to work through these snarls without
damaging your dog’s fur.
coat care decreases shedding, which alleviates allergies within the
humans of your household. Most importantly, your dog’s hair will
always be on point.
Anal Gland Expression Keeps Your Dog Comfortable
this is a topic that many people would rather just skip on by.
However, anal gland expression is very important for your dog’s
health. If you aren’t a professional groomer, please don’t
attempt to perform this procedure on your own as you could seriously
hurt your dog.
most cases, your dog’s anal
will empty on their own when your pup passes a poo. If the doggy doo
is too soft, the glands won’t have enough pressure to release their
liquid. When anal glands aren’t properly drained, your poor little
doggo can acquire a sore derrière.
Dog Grooming Includes Ear Cleaning
A dog’s ear canal is nothing like a human’s ear canal. You (although against medical advice) have the ability to poke around your ear with a cotton swab. This isn’t the case with a canine. See, your dog’s ear passage isn’t a straight shot like your own.
A dog groomer will use a special liquid solution and perform a strategic massage to clean your pups’ ears properly.
Receive Professional Dog Grooming At Lucky Dawg Pet Services
Our staff at Lucky Dawg Pet Services care about the well-being and health of your pooch! Proper dog grooming is a professional service that we offer to all dogs, big and small. We hope you’ll contact us today to schedule an appointment. Both salon and mobile grooming are options for our customers. It is our pleasure to serve you and your furry family member!
furry family member will appreciate a fresh dog grooming session and
give it two paws up! At Lucky Dawg Dog grooming we offer both mobile
pet pampering services. The type of grooming services
your dog will receive depend on a few different variables. As you
probably already know, every dog is different. Some pups require
certain services that others do not,
such as ear hair trims and nail clips. Whatever the needs of
your pet may be, we’re ready to accommodate them.
want to get to know you and your dog a bit before we jump right into
the grooming session. Whether you use our mobile
service or bring your pet into the salon, we’ll
spend a moment or two getting information about your dog. It’s
important that we learn about any health issues your dog may have and
whether they experience anxiety or nervousness around new people and
Next, we’ll confirm the grooming services that are appropriate for your pet with you. Your pet’s grooming session is customizable and can include a bath, haircut, nail trim, ear cleaning, etc. If your dog has a medium to long coat, we’ll go over the look and style that you’d like them to have.
our top priority to keep your dog safe, comfortable, and happy while
they are in our care. We also want you to be completely satisfied
with the results.
The Dog Grooming Begin!
that we’ve got all the formalities out of the way, it’s time to
make your fur baby look like a million bucks. It’s important to
remember that your dog’s services will differ from another client’s
services. The following bullet list is simply an example of what a
full groom would look like.
in mind that your dog certainly can have our full-groom service, or,
you can pick from the list of what you’d like your pet to have
done. Some owners prefer their dogs to have coat trims with every
grooming visit while others opt to only have ear hair plucks and nail
trims, for example. The choice is yours.
services are available at our salon or during mobile pet grooming.
Give Your Dog The Star Treatment At Lucky Dawg Dog Grooming
We understand that your dog means the world to you, and while they are in our care, they mean the world to us, too! Lucky Dawg offers both mobile and salon grooming. Give our staff a call today to decide which one will work best for you and your pet. We offer full-scale grooming services that we’d love to chat with you about. Feel free to contact us HERE. When you choose Lucky Dawg, you choose the BEST!
most grooming is best left to the groomers, there is a lot of upkeep
that you can do to keep your dog looking and feeling his or her best
in between visits to the doggy
salon. Dog grooming tools are essential must-haves for every
of the home dog grooming tools that you will need are relatively
inexpensive and can be found at your local pet store. There is no
to keep them on hand.
What Are The Benefits Of Dog Grooming Tools?
home grooming sessions are as much about bonding and trust as they
are about keeping your pooch clean. Here are some of the benefits
of regular grooming sessions with your pup:
Keeping them clean and healthy with baths will help remove dirt, dust, bacteria, fungi and viruses your dog collects on their fur as well as remove dead skin cells and hairs from your pet’s coat. Your dog’s coat will also look and smell better.
Regular brushing helps prevent mats by eradicating small knots before they get out of control. It can also help with excessive shedding and help reduce allergens in homes with allergy sufferers.
Baths, brushing and other routine grooming activities will create a bond between you and your dog. You will find that brushing may even lull them to sleep. It is a great way to keep your dog looking and feeling great.
Proper nail trimming will help prevent canine-arthritis and other joint-related diseases.
Summary: Regularly grooming your dog with the right tools is important for your bond as well as your dog’s health and happiness.
What Types Of Dog Grooming Tools Do I Need?
with clipped and trimmed nails are easier on your floors and
furniture and often benefit from the shortened nails. There are a few
types of dog nail clipper tools to consider:
Claw-style: cut the nail in a scissor-like manner but has a spring.
Guillotine: cuts the nail when a spring-loaded handle is pushed down.
Scissor-like: these do not have springs. They are a good idea for dogs with small, delicate nails.
Styptic powder: if you inadvertently cut a nail too short, this powder can help to slow down bleeding.
Filing tools: these tools are designed to grind down the nails slowly.
There are as many fur types as there are dogs it seems and that’s why there are so many different types of brushes. You need to decide on a comb or brush that is suited to your pooch’s fur. So, let’s talk brushes:
Bristle brushes: these types of brushes will have bristles that vary from soft to firm and long to short. Many types of hair will benefit from this type of brush.
Wire pin brushes: these brushes are designed for pooches with medium to long fur.
Slicker brushes: These brushes are used on tangles and mats.
Rakes and mat breakers: these types of brushes are designed for severe tangles
Shedding tools: these brushes have special teeth that remove extra hair from double-coated breeds in order to decrease shedding.
Flea combs: these combs are for exactly what you think. They are used to spot fleas.
Glove brushes: these brushes are gloves that with tiny rubber pegs on the palm and fingers which allow you to stroke your pup while removing dead hair. He won’t even know he is being groomed! They are great for nervous dogs or for young puppies.
fur and skin is the most important part of a hygienic dog’s beauty
routine. Let’s go over some types
Tear-free shampoo: this cleanser – like the ones for human babies – is designed to protect your dog’s eyes from burning.
Oatmeal shampoo: this type of shampoo is intended to calm mildly irritated skin as well as help with itching.
Medicated shampoos: these are prescribed by a vet to help dogs with allergies or further skin conditions.
Conditioners: these are sometimes used after shampoo to help keep your dog’s coat moisturized and shiny. They are not always necessary.
Fur Whitening Shampoo: these types of shampoos are designed explicitly for dogs with white hair because it can get dingy and yellowish so easily.
Proper ear care for dogs is often ignored, but it is just as vital as upkeep of hair and nails. Talk to a veterinary expert or groomer about the correct methods before you start.
Please note: DO NOT EVER use q-tips or alcohol in your dog’s ears!
Here are some of the tools you will need to keep on hand:
Ear cleansers: these cleansers are specifically designed to help rinse the ear canal.
Cotton balls or pads: these can be used to wipe out debris from the ears.
Ear powder: this powder will help dry the ear canal to prepare it for plucking (this is only necessary for dogs with excess hair or wax.)
Hemostats: these tools are designed to help pluck excess hair but please be sure you know what you are doing before you try.
Ear medications: a veterinarian may prescribe dogs with ear conditions (such as infections or ear mites) medications.
Dogs get muddy, get drooly and get dirty. They just do. When you simply do not have the time or energy for a bath or when the groomer is booked until the next day, what do you do? Keep a pack of pet deodorizing wipes on hand.
Summary: There are many types of tools that can be used to help groom your dog at home but always be sure to speak to a groomer or veterinarian if you have questions or concerns.
Use Your Dog Grooming Tools In Between Salon Visits
Dogs who are well-groomed feel bonded and safe with their owners. Basic everyday care will help keep your pooch happy and healthy as well as strengthen that awesome relationship. However, many grooming tasks are best left to the pros.
Follow Lucky Dawg on Facebook to get updates, news and information about dog health and hygiene. Got questions about dog grooming tools? Call us at the grooming salon: 310-784-0775 or mobile grooming services: 310-784-0566!
realized your dog is looking a little scruffy, and is in need of dog
grooming. You want your pup to look and feel good and it’s
important to you to be a responsible pet owner. Or possibly you have
family coming over and just want him or her to look extra cute.
Whatever your reason, there’s more than meets the eye to achieve an
excellent dog grooming experience.
Whether you intend
to try to do it yourself or pay someone with professional training
and experience, the outcome can vary hugely. The process can be
inadequate and ineffective if not done by someone with the right
temperament and degree of experience.
After all, if a
quick wash and dry were all it was about, your 10 year old could do
Here are 5 mistakes
to avoid during dog grooming that can greatly affect your furry
buddy’s health, comfort level and of course their skin and coat:
Grooming Only A Few Times A Year
There are quite a
few reasons dog grooming should occur more consistently throughout
the year. Not the least of which is that it gives your dog a chance
to bond with his groomer. A professional
groomer provides socialization out in public. Trips to the vet
become easier, as well as other interactions with people outside the
It also gives him a
chance to get used to grooming. So, instead of it being an anxiety
producing hide-and-shake session at an unknown situation, it is
routine and expected. This way, he can be comfortable and free from
painful mats year-round.
It gives you the
opportunity to keep tabs on the health of your dog’s skin so you
can be aware of possible lumps or other issues that may need a vet’s
attention. This health check is a service provided by reputable local
When your dog’s
coat isn’t maintained consistently, severe tangles and matting can
occur, which pull on the skin. In addition, stickers can hide under
mats, burrowing into the skin and becoming actual medical problems.
At certain stages, the only option is shaving matted fur, which isn’t
ideal at certain times of the year.
Summary- Having your dog groomed consistently results in significant benefits to his mental and physical health.
Brushing At The Right Times And With The Right Equipment
Many people don’t realize that by doing a thorough brushing before getting the dog wet, you can detangle some of the fur before water makes the tangles much worse. A professional dog groomer will know exactly how to brush your dog’s specific fur type. A thorough brushing will be done to begin to remove tangles, fleas and possible debris, like stickers.
They will have the
right equipment to thoroughly brush and work through the fur, whether
it is a thick double-coat of a German Shepherd that requires a deep
brushing, or perhaps a more curly coated breed, such as a Portuguese
Water Dog, that requires different equipment entirely.
Knowing exactly what
type of fur you’re working with is important for the total
experience. Even if you’ve got a mixed breed, this is important to
behind the ears or near the hind-quarters can be another mistake when
dog grooming. A professional groomer will gently and skillfully work
those tangles out to produce a beautiful total look that is
ultimately an amazing feeling for your dog.
Summary– Knowing how and when to brush makes all the difference for a dog during the grooming process.
Choosing The Wrong Dog Grooming Clippers
Have you ever tried to choose from the many dog grooming clippers available on the market?
The problem is, each
type is designed for a specific type and length of fur, as well as
for certain grooming goals. These goals can be an overall shave, or
clipping sensitive, hard to reach areas. A professional will invest
in top-of-the-line equipment, so you don’t have to rely on pet food
store employees to educate you on dog clippers.
The wrong tool for
the job can result in frustration, injury, and wasted money. There is
an ideal length to cut fur based on your objective. Is it for a
summer cut or just for cutting mats here and there? It’s important
not to cut fur too close to the skin or to try to use a tool that
isn’t powerful enough for certain types of fur.
The clippers also
have certain maintenance requirements or they won’t work properly.
If used for the wrong type of job, they can wreak havoc on your dog’s
Blunt blades will
make the process slow and far less effective. If used improperly, the
blades can get caught on dry fur and cut the dog. Not only is this a
risky endeavor, it is a sure-fire way to cement in your dog’s head
that he doesn’t trust anyone messing with his fur.
Summary- It’s easy to buy the wrong clippers and end up frustrated and with poor results.
Inadequate Rinsing After Shampooing
Rinsing is a tough
job when a dog isn’t calm or contained properly. Without the right
equipment, water pressure and ideal water
temperature, it is practically impossible to get all the grime
and soap out of some dog’s fur. Fleas are tough to rinse out also.
In the end, a thorough rinsing is a top priority for a dog’s comfort and final results. There’s not much point to achieving a half-clean dog. More than that, soap residue will irritate the skin, causing itching, dryness and further matting.
To avoid shampoo or
even conditioner residue, rinse until the water is clean. Use a
temperature that is very comfortable for your dog, and adequate water
pressure to get through to the skin. It’s hard to rinse all the
potential soapy spots on your dog, such as behind the ears, the
inside of the legs, and the belly.
This is why having
the right equipment is crucial for this endeavor. It’s important to
have the right sprayer, and also to use an area where the dog isn’t
slipping and sliding and trying to escape. A true professional will
know how to keep a dog calm and safe during this process.
There are many
considerations when optimizing the health and well-being of your dog.
Dog grooming is a total package and shouldn’t be taken lightly by
caring dog owners. Make sure your dog groomer avoids these mistakes.
Summary- Rushing through the dog grooming process and not rinsing properly can leave a dog with trapped soap next to his skin. This can irritate the skin.
Choose Lucky Dawg
Salon For The Best Dog Grooming Experience
We at Lucky Dawg Pet
Services have the caring, experience and knowledge base to give your
dog long-lasting and beautiful results. We want you and your dog to
be very happy with our services and look forward to coming back for
more! Whether your dog is best served with mobile
or in-house grooming, just let us know so we can do what’s best for
both of you. Call us today at 310-784-0775 to schedule
dog grooming services with one of our caring groomers!
Trusting a stranger to groom your dog can be scary. After all, accidents can happen, and occasionally those accidents result in tragedy. On the other hand, grooming your dog yourself can be difficult, so there comes a time when it’s necessary to trust somebody else with your pup’s life.
How can you find the best dog grooming facility and specific dog groomer for your pup? Even a great groomer might not be right for your dog, and even a classy salon may not be the best environment.
Here are a few tips to help you research various dog grooming facilities to find the best place and person for your fur child.
Asking for recommendations is better than picking a place at random. Ask your friends and family where they get their dogs groomed. If you see a beautiful dog out and about, ask the owner where they take their dog for grooming. Don’t forget to check online reviews, too.
It’s also a good idea to call or visit multiple grooming facilities to get an idea of what to expect in your area. Pricing, experience level, and the quality of the facilities may vary quite a bit from location to location. It’s easier to recognize a good grooming salon after you’ve seen one that’s less than desirable.
Talk To The Groomer
Nothing beats talking to groomers directly. You can find out a lot about how they may treat your dog and what quality of grooming you can expect from them just by talking to them. Here are a few things you should discuss with any potential groomer:
Do you have any certifications? There are no national licensing or certification laws for dog groomers. Some states have licensing requirements, but those are often just for the facility and don’t cover any grooming skill.
There are organizations that offer optional groomer certification such as the National Dog Groomers Association. Groomers must pass written and practical exams to prove their knowledge and skill, often on their own time and at their own expense. You can be sure a groomer who puts in the effort to pursue certification is dedicated to their craft.
How much experience do you have? Everybody is a new dog groomer at some point, but lack of experience can lead to a higher likelihood of mistakes. Dog grooming also tends to have a high turnover rate.
Try to find a dog groomer with at least three to five years of experience. That’s somebody who has groomed just about every breed of dog and handled most types of problems.
How do you handle old/scared/aggressive/difficult dogs? Some groomers are great with average dogs, but it takes a special level of skill to deal with some types of dogs. If a groomer hesitates too much when answering this question, they may not be as comfortable with these types of dogs. If your dog has special issues, you want somebody who can confidently explain what things they do to make grooming go smoothly for all dogs.
What does the price include? Some salons include things like nail grinding, tooth-brushing, or bows or bandanas as part of the base price, while others charge separately for things they consider “extra services.” Be sure you know what is included and what surprise charges you might wind up with (such as an extra brushing fee for a matted dog or a difficult dog fee for one who tries to bite).
How are appointments scheduled? Each grooming facility handles scheduling differently.
Some salons schedule only one dog at a time for a groomer, which allows the groomer to focus on just that dog and finish the grooming within an hour or two. Many dogs will thrive with this schedule, but some dogs are afraid of the dryer and may be stressed out by the speed of the grooming.
Some grooming facilities do block scheduling, where each groomer has several dogs come in at the same time. The groomer will wash and partially dry each dog, letting them spend time drying in a kennel while working on other dogs. Dogs typically spend 3-5 hours at the salon. This type of scheduling works well for dogs who are terrified of the dryer but isn’t a good fit for dogs who hate being in a kennel or are sensitive to being around a lot of other barking dogs.
Other groomers do cattle call scheduling, where every dog for the whole day comes in at once, like during a one-hour period in the morning. Dogs are groomed one at a time and may be there the entire day. This type of schedule is convenient for people who want to drop off their dog before work and pick them up afterward.
What types of dryers do you use? High-velocity dryers are great for blasting undercoat out of double-coated dogs, but they may be scary and unnecessary for small dogs without much hair. Fluff dryers are good for small dogs with fine hair but will take forever on dogs with thick double coats. Kennel dryers are gentle on nervous dogs but should never be heated.
Will my dog spend any time in a kennel? This is important to know if you have a dog who is afraid of or dislikes spending time in a kennel, especially since there may be dozens of other dogs barking in nearby kennels.
Check Out The Facility
Does the grooming salon or mobile grooming van look and smell clean? Is there hair from more than one dog under each table? Is it loud with the sound of many dryers blowing and dogs barking? Does it look like the facility is well-maintained?
If the salon allows you to take a tour of the entire facility, take advantage of the opportunity, but keep in mind that some places forbid this for safety reasons.
Trust Your Gut
Even if everything seems to be OK, you may get a gut feeling that a facility or groomer might not be the right fit for your dog. A groomer is going to be using sharp scissors and clippers on your fur child, so you want to be comfortable with the person you trust with their grooming.
Stick With One Groomer
Once you find a groomer who does a great job with your dog, you should continue to schedule appointments with that groomer. This is for several reasons.
For starters, dogs love routine. Each groomer has their own routine, so seeing the same groomer every time allows your dog to learn what to expect and when, which helps them relax during the grooming process.
Another reason to stay with one groomer is that they can notice changes in your dog that you may miss. A dog groomer will have their hands on every inch of your dog. That makes it easy to spot any changes that have sprung up in your dog between appointments, whether it’s a new lump or bump or a behavioral change that could indicate pain or a health problem.
Last, finding the best groomer for your dog can be a bit of a trial. Once you find that groomer, why repeat that process the next time your dog gets groomed? Even if you stay at the same grooming salon, your dog won’t necessarily “click” with every groomer there.
Contact Lucky Dawg Pet Service Today To Find Out If We’re The Best Dog Grooming Option For Your Pup!
With both a full-service salon and a fleet of mobile grooming vans, we can accommodate most pups. Our groomers all have lots of experience, and we’re members of the National Dog Groomers Association. 99% of the time, we can finish grooming your dog in 2 hours or less.
Call our salon at 310-784-0775. Call our mobile grooming at 310-784-0566. Or contact us here! We’re happy to answer all of your questions and give you a tour of our facilities.