5 Common Dog Grooming Mistakes To Avoid

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Do you often dream of having a perfectly groomed pooch with dog accessories exhibiting flawless behaviour and capturing a top spot at your local dog show (or even Crufts)?

Regardless of this dream, most pet owners can relate that grooming is their least favourite activity. Grooming at home can be challenging, complicated and messy, but you can only avoid the drama by preventing these mistakes:

 

Mistake #1: Failing to train your dog for grooming

Training is essential to avoid a mess, a potential injury or anxiety for both of you. Start your pet young so the training would be more accessible to your canine. It can boost your pet’s comfort level, especially when touching its face, tail, paws or other body parts. Your dog will become comfortable with the grooming equipment’s buzzing sounds. 

When it comes to adult dogs, you need to be extra patient. Afterwards, you can praise and reward your pet during grooming training. While for older dogs, brushing, bathing and cleaning teeth need to occur in an environment that’s free of stress as humanly as possible.

But regardless of age, the only secret here is for your pet to understand that you, as the pet owner, is in charge of the entire grooming session. 

Mistake #2: Assuming grooming is just for looks

There’s more to achieving a clean, neat pet. Grooming is essential for keeping a dog comfortable all year long. It’s also the right opportunity to check your dog’s health. You can use grooming to look for skin conditions or discharge, bumps or lumps that signal the possible need for a veterinary visit.

Mistake #3: Improper trimming of nails

Trimming your dog’s nails must be a specific, non-rushed activity. You should use sharp clippers that you can regularly replace because dull equipment crushes the pet’s nails instead of trimming them, which results in injury. 

If it’s your first time grooming your dog, you should ask a veterinarian for expert advice. 

Mistake #4: Underestimating mats

Water is a crucial recipe for mats in long-haired canines. One way to lower the likelihood of rugs that could pass for Gordian Knots is to brush tangled fur off the dog before bathing, swimming or being exposed to rain or snow.

While bathing your pet, use a conditioner and comb to make its fur lose. Blow-dry it to pull apart any tangles. Once its coat has dried, a quick brushing should eliminate any remaining dead hair from your pet.

Mistake #5: Ignoring grooming as a yearlong priority

As summer fades and autumn temperatures drop, many owners assume that all their dogs need extra “winter fur” to keep warm until spring arrives. Failing to groom your companion year-round doesn’t adequately protect your pet’s insulating coat. It can result in horrific tangles that only shaving the dog can eliminate. On the other hand, a lack of hair can be extra chilly during the coldest months, which might cause harm to your pet. 

Make pet grooming an investment! 

Invest in your pet’s well-being and save you the cost of professional grooming services. Avoiding these common mistakes will lead to a far more pleasant and productive experience for you and your best friend.

 

Written by Amber Kingsley

Edited by Gretzel Lantican 

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