Keeping our pets looking pretty (and handsome) can be a point of pride for many a dog owner. Whether it is making regular appointments at your local dog groomers or implementing a home grooming routine where you get your cheeky one in the bathtub; grooming can sometimes be a chore. Whichever option you may choose, eventually it can become expensive, not to mention exhausting - but it doesn’t need to be.
Grooming is an excellent way for you and your dog to bond and with the correct tools and methods, it can be a hassle free, enjoyable part of your routine. This month Zerin Atma has put together some top tips on how to keep your dog looking in tip top grooming shape from the comfort of your own surroundings.
Find The Right Shampoo for Your Dog's Skin & Coat
It's sometimes easy to forget that a dog's coat can be as sensitive as our own scalp. Shampoos that you can buy for your own hair care needs can have the same role to play for a dog, so if your dog has sensitive skin it's worth researching shampoos suitable. Equally so if their coat is dull or itchy.
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If your dog loves to get soaked, a pet hair dryer could be perfect to invest in. Now instead of using your latest BaByliss Pro hair dryer, your dog will have a hair dryer of his very own. These hair dryers are specifically made to make less noise than a normal hair dryer - perfect for small dogs that are afraid of noise.
Keeping Your Dog's Hair & Nails in Shape
Pet hair trimmers are perfect for not only small and nervous dogs (again because of the lack of noise they make) but also perfect for big dogs that can’t keep still. They’re quick and easy to use, and can trim fur and hair around the ears, paws, and face.
Pet nail trimmers are designed especially for pets, and are safer than ordinary nail clippers. They are a perfect way to keep your dog’s claws neat and trim. Remember, if you are unsure, consult your vet.
Wipe Away Any Dirt
Dog wipes are fragrance free typically and can be used anywhere on your dog's body (avoiding their eyes for safety). They’re handy to carry around, whether it’s a trip to the park, or kept in a place by the back door.
Wipes are a quick and easy way to wipe your dog down without having to put them in the bathtub every time they land in the mud.
Dog Towels Just for Dogs
You may have seen dog robes, sometimes all you need is a dog towel designed especially for dogs. They're typically light in weight, compact, and easy to carry on walks, trips to the park, or even if you’re going away on holiday or anywhere where your dog may get messy.
Find The Right Dog Brush for Your Dog's Coat
Combs are essential for any grooming kit. You’ll need one to tease out any tangles or matting in your long haired dog or comb through after bathing. Always be sure to firmly hold the fur in between the tangle and the skin to avoid discomfort.
A slicker brush is handy for keeping any coat, long or short; free from dust, dirt and anything that may irritate your dog. If your dog is a moulter, investing in something like a FURminator could be a lifesaver.
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