When you proudly designate your loving pet dog as your best friend, you have to ensure that it has to be kept tidy, well groomed and always in the best of health. For a dog, the first indication of its health is the state of the coat. Dogs that are well looked after have a shiny coat, a glow that starts from the very follicles right up to the non split ends. And the best part is that you can take proper care of your dog’s hair right at home unlike human beings who have to go under a fancy laser and IPL machine at beauty salons and spas for proper hair maintenance and removal.
Proper care of your dog’s hair is a part of the overall grooming regimen and you can opt for a number of ways to have it done. The first is taking external help. You can take your pet to a professionally trained groomer or a veterinarian who will periodically check the dog’s health also or the local pet speciality store that will usually have an expert behind the counter. Groomers have an advantage here in that apart from the dog’s hair, they will also cut the nails and clean out the ears. Groomers are also very conversant with specific needs of different breeds of dogs and will know exactly what will be best for your dog.
The second option is take have a hands-on approach and groom the dog yourself. You can take the occasional trip to the groomer or the vet but the main work will be done by you. It provides a wonderful opportunity to spend some quality time with your pet who in turn will love the attention it gets while you are brushing its hair.
The most important part of hair care is definitely brushing and this is irrespective of the breed. However the periodicity of brushing varies between breeds. The long haired ones like the shelties, Irish setters, Pomeranians or collies have to be brushed at least twice a week. This will not only untangle individual strands of hair, it will also take out dirt and grime that gets entrapped in the long hairs. Dogs that are prone to shedding have to be brushed at least once a week. This is also true for dogs with thick undercoats as here too dirt gets stuck at the roots of the hair. Breeds that are short haired have to be groomed regularly to remove loose hair which might get stuck between fibres of carpets or float onto food stuffs.
You also need special tools for brushing. The wrong or inappropriate ones can tear the hair and be painful for your pet. The type of brush you use depends on the coat of your dog. Brushes with widely spaced teeth are best for the back and places where the growth is thick. A fine spaced brush should be used around the face and areas with short hair. You’ll do well to drop in at your local pet store and ask for guidance if you are not sure about what will be best for your dog.
Finally, an integral part of hair care for your dog is a bath, say about once a month depending on the accumulated dirt. Build-up of bacteria and oil on the coat gives off a foul odour. Use mild dog or normal baby shampoo to clean your dog.
These are some tips that will surely help in grooming your dog properly.