With many of us being forced to groom our dogs from home lately, our Pack Leader Lisa Knight from Shampoodles Grooming in Bilston has provided some great tips on how to maintain your furry companion at home.
I would recommend placing your dog on a table or stable flat surface – preferably with a rubber matt so they don’t slip – as a dog tends to move less when they’re elevated up off the floor.
First, brush your dog thoroughly, removing any loose hair and knots and cutting off any knots that wont brush out.
Once this is done, it is time to bath them. If you have no actual dog shampoo its best to use a medicated or baby shampoo, followed by conditioner – it’ll make them easier to dry off later.
Make sure you rinse their coat thoroughly and that no shampoo or conditioner is left in the coat as this helps avoid dandruff, irritation and skin complaints.
Let your dog shake off in the bath and then town dry them, removing as much water as you can – using a hair dryer as you start drying them by hand will help to remove any last bits of loose hair too.
If you’re using clippers to cut your dogs hair, be sure to use a comb attachment and clip in the direction that your dogs coat grows. This is important, as using the clippers without an attachment is likely to take the coat shorter that you would have liked and, in some cases, can cause clipper rash which is distressing for the animal.
And don’t rush, take your time, particularly under the armpits and tummy areas where the skin is most delicate.
Whilst in lockdown, its more important to keep your dog comfortable than stylish as the weather warms up, your regular groomer will take care of the rest once they open for business again.
You may also be thinking of clipping your dog’s nails during lockdown – something that many dog owners are a little nervous about. The aim of the nail once trimmed should be so that it does not touch the ground when your dog is stood. Regular nail clippers are fine for this.
Most people worry about cutting the Quick, the area of the nail that contains nerves and blood vessels. Almost everyone has nicked this at some time and caused it to bleed, so the best way to approach it is to identify where it is with your eye – the pink thing inside the nail. If your dog has dark nails, turning the foot over first and you’ll see the quick as a fleshy part of the nail. Then simply, take your time. If you do catch the nail Quick, stay calm and apply either corn starch or even talcum powder can do the job. Alternatively, you can order Styptic Powder online in advance, the powder that many professionals use.
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