Regular brushing of your Dog is a very important but often overlooked aspect of looking after Dogs. All too often many of us (me included) neglect this simple but very important task.
How to groom Dogs fur is a fairly basic but still underrated part of a basic Dog Care routine. Hopefully their teeth will be in order by supplying regular Raw Meaty Bones or brushing their teeth once a week or more often with a Dog Toothpaste There is an All Natural Toothpaste for Dogs that is available for only a few dollars. You should be clipping their nails and checking their ears regularly as well.
But for some reason many of us do not brush our Dog as regularly as we should. There are many advantages to brushing your Dog regularly apart from the obvious.
- Brushing helps distribute the natural Oils in your Dogs fur.
- Brushing gives you a perfect chance to check your Dogs condition.
- You will quickly discover any matted hair that may need to be cut out.
- Regular brushing means you can check for ticks and fleas and halt the problem before it may become serious.
- As Dogs age they are more and more prone to lumps and bumps on their body. Most are simply fatty deposits but they need to be checked out by your Vet.
Obviously the main advantage for homeowners is that regular brushing cuts down on the unbelievable amount of Dog Hair that can build up around the home, especially if your Dog is molting.
Also once you know how to groom Dogs fur properly you will have a fantastic, knot free, super charmer of a Dog!
How To Groom Dogs Coats
Brushing your Dog is a fairly simple exercise but their are a few things to bear in mind. Amazingly there is conflicting advice even for such a basic task. Some professionals advise first to brush in the opposite direction to the direction the hair grows. I have never found this to work well so my recommendations are as follows.
- Always start at the head and brush in the direction that the coat naturally grows.
- Ensure that you get right to the base of the coat, using your fingers if necessary to part the hair and do a section at a time. Especially important in long haired Dogs.
- Get a good firm grip on your Dog. Hold on to the collar or put your fur bundle on the lead. I prefer to hold on to the collar, it is easier to keep the wiggle bottoms in one place.
- Do it regularly. When you first have your Dog do it every day. This way your Dog will get used to grooming much quicker. If you don’t do it often enough your Dog may always be adverse to being groomed.
- Don’t treat it as a game. Don’t treat the brush as a toy or your Dog will always be trying to grab the brush to play with it.
- Be gentle. If you are too rough then you will put your Dog off being groomed. You don’t hack at your own hair if you encounter a tangle or knot. Act accordingly with your own Dog.
How Often To Groom Your Dogs Coat
This really is dictated by the Breed of Dog, your Dogs activities and the length of the coat.
Long haired Dogs need to be brushed more regularly than short haired Dogs. At least once a week for Dogs with long hair, although I have found it needs to be more regular than that. Long hair gets matted very easily and if your Dog is frequently rolling about and playing outside then more regular brushing is needed.
These are great for collecting all that Dog fur that would otherwise have been spread all over the house. I would still brush a short haired Dog at least once a week just so they do not become unfamiliar with the act of being brushed.
Personally now I have got in to a more strict routine, I like to brush the Dogs most days now. Just a quick brush so they stay familiar with the act and apart from anything else it has dramatically cut down on the fur around the house.
Obviously, though, whatever you do, as soon as your Dog has been brushed it will always try to find a way to get as dirty and tangled as quickly as possible!
Comes with the territory I guess!
May the Doggie Force be with you all.