All dogs need to be bathed regularly, regardless of the length of their coat. Bathing encourages the shedding of hair, allowing for new growth and will keep your dog’s coat and skin clean and prevent it from becoming smelly. You can bath your dog yourself, take it to a grooming salon, or use a mobile dog groomer who will come to your home.
When bathing your dog, it is important to use a shampoo that is specifically designed for dogs. Human shampoo is not suitable for dogs as they have
a different skin pH level from us. Using an inappropriate shampoo can result in major skin irritation and discomfort for your dog.
If possible, your dog should be bathed on a warm day. If you are washing your dog on a cooler day, you should towel dry the dog thoroughly and allow it to dry completely before going outside. You can purchase a high-powered dog hairdryer which will assist in the drying process. A professional groomer will use a dryer to ensure that your dog is completely dry before it leaves their salon, or the groomer departs from your house.
As your dog is drying, gently brush its coat to remove loose hair and move excess water to the end of the hair, making the drying process easier.
Grooming covers many aspects of caring for your dog, including brushing, coat clipping, ear cleaning, teeth cleaning and nail clipping.
How often you brush your dog’s coat will be determined by the type of coat it has. Short, harsh-textured coats generally need less brushing than long, silky or curly ones. However, all dogs need to be brushed as it helps to remove loose hair and dirt.
For a dog with a higher-maintenance coat, brushing prevents tangles and mats, making your dog more comfortable and reducing the need for frequent clipping or trimming.
Basic clipping and trimming can be done at home, while more complex grooming should be left to a professional. Again, it depends on your dog’s coat type and the amount of time you can dedicate to grooming your dog.