7 Photos of Dogs Before and After They are Groomed
Grooming your dog isn’t just about good looks, and for some dogs, a great haircut. Regardless of your dog's breed and coat, proper grooming is the same for all dogs. What is proper grooming? Well, the bath and haircut are only parts of dog grooming.
Keeping a dog properly groomed means maintaining the cleanliness of their ears, teeth, nails, hair and skin. Proper grooming includes brushing your dog before the bath, trimming nails (if necessary), cleaning ears, brushing teeth, bathing with dog shampoo and conditioner and ensuring that your dog is thoroughly dry after the bath.
It is important to brush out the coat before the bath so that the water, shampoo and conditioner can clean the skin properly. By removing the fuzzy, frayed hairs, we help our dogs stay cleaner and feel much more comfortable. Once we have a healthy skin, the skin can produce a healthy coat and the dog is nice and comfortable with no skin issues.
The bath is for the skin. Only a healthy skin can produce a beautiful coat. If you are going to use shampoo, you must follow it up with a conditioner. Always use conditioner to hydrate the skin and coat.
Remember, feeling good is better than looking good. When you feel good, you will look good. Want the best for your dog? Don’t treat them like dirty dishes – just wash and dry. Take the time to brush out your dog!
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When you are trying to get your dog used to brushing, it should be a part of a daily routine. Introduce your dog to the brush by showing it, and then reward your dog for not attacking it. How often should you brush?
Once a week for short-haired dogs, twice or thrice for thick or coarse or double coated dogs, once a day or every other day for long coated dogs and daily for shedding dogs to remove loose hair and minimize shedding.
You should be sure to brush your dog both before and after having a bath. Brush before the bath to remove dead hair and prevent mats, and after to remove any tangles that occurred during the bath (and to improve the condition of the coat). When brushing, start with one side of your dog, so that you can ensure that every single section of your dog’s hair is brushed thoroughly.
Brush in the direction of hair growth. Pay particular attention to the stomach, groin, arm pits, legs and chest to prevent really painful matting in the future, especially for long-haired dogs. You can avoid matting by brushing your dog’s coat before and after a bath, in addition to applying conditioner to the coat during the bath.
Comb the conditioner through the coat to remove tangles and make the coat smooth. Make sure you fully dry your dog after the bath. Lingering dampness can cause infections and hypothermia. Brush more. Bathe less.