Grooming sessions should always be fun, and your should do it at a time when your dog is relaxed, especially if it is the excitable sort! If your pet is new to grooming, keep the session short – 5 to 10 minutes should be enough. Gradually lengthen the grooming time until your dog gets used to it. Don’t forget to keep praising your pooch and telling him or her how well they’re doing. Of course the grooming process includes brushing, bathing and nail clipping, but in this video, we concentrate on the brushing.
Depending on the type of coat your dog has, you can use several brushes and grooming aids to keep the pet’s hair in good condition by removing dirt and spreading natural oils throughout the coat. You’ll also prevent tangles and keep the skin clean and free from irritants.
Brushing time is a great time to check the coat for fleas and flea dirt, those little black specs that suggest your pet may be playing host to a family of fleas.
If your dog has a smooth short coat, you need to brush it once a week.The correct order of brushes and grooming aids should be adhered to. First use a rubber brush to loosen dead skin and dirt. Next use a bristle brush to remove dead hair. Now you can use the grooming glove to release the natural oils in the coat, and finally a chamois cloth to polish the coat for a shiny finish.
If you have a dog with short fur that’s likely to mat, first use a slicker brush to remove any tangles, then use the bristle brush to catch the dead hairs. Don’t forget to check the tail – that needs a comb too. Long haired dogs with a coat such as a collie or afghan hound need daily attention.