Here are five tips on how to groom your dog and save money at the same time, so everyone is a winner!
1. Brush AND comb your dog regularly. This is the most important tip and should be done at least a few times per week. Invest in a slicker dog brush and dog comb. The first thing you should do is brush the coat rigorously and in all directions to loosen any knots. After brushing, use a dog comb on any longer hair to make sure the coat is knot free. Combing is just as important as brushing as it identifies any tangles the brush has missed. By doing this you will prevent your dog from getting matted. A matted dog needs to be professionally groomed much more often than a tangle free dog!
2. Bathe your dog no more than once a week. Bathing your dog more than this can dry out their skin and possibly cause irritation. An important tip: make sure you brush and comb your dog BEFORE the bath to make sure there are no tangles. A bath will easily turn a slightly tangled coat into a matted coat. Also, make sure to use all natural dog shampoo and not people shampoo as this can irritate their skin. Use a damp cloth to clean around the eyes and gently remove any debris that has built up.
3. Clean your dog’s ears on a regular basis. You can use ear cleaner specific to dogs, or you can use a gentle cleanser such as witch hazel. Wet a cotton ball and make sure to remove all dirt and debris. If there is a bad smell or puss coming from your dog’s ear, contact your vet as this can be a sign of infection.
4. Clip your dog’s nails as needed using dog nail clippers. If you walk your dog everyday on concrete, you should not have to clip their nails as often. Concrete acts as a natural nail file and keeps nails from becoming too long. But most dogs do indeed need a regular nail clipping.
5. Once your dog is dry, use the dog brush again to fluff up the coat and give your dog a nice finished look. Another quick combing will ensure the coat is knot free