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May 10, 2015

The Process of Dog Grooming

Grooming can often be grueling and shocking if the dog has not become accustomed to the treatments. It is wise to start Fido on a regular grooming regimen when he is young and maintain that throughout his life. Although finding a dependable, gentle and loving groomer is the best way to secure a happy experience, it is not always easy. All groomers are different, but most of the processes are similar. Some will offer extra services and others will just do the basics. It is best to ask what is included for the price you will pay.
THE BATH When you drop Fido at the groomer, he will likely be placed in a cage until it is his turn for a bath. He will almost always be washed in a tub and showered clean. The product your groomer uses is important, since there are so many on the market. It is good to research products your groomer uses and to be concerned about soap getting in the eyes, ears and nose. BLOW DRYING After the bath, the dog is either placed in a drying cage or is hand dried with a powerful blow drier. These driers are designed to lift the fur for easier shaving and to remove matting. They are generally the main cause of anxiety in dogs during the grooming process because they are very noisy and feel strange blowing out the fur. Holding the dog securely and safely is the best way to get him used to the noise and excitement of the drier. This will take several visits and becomes less stressful and more normal with time. BRUSHING Once the dog is dry, he will either be shaved or brushed. Brushing will remove any matting and distribute oils through the fur. This also takes some getting used to and should be done between visits to the groomer SHAVING Shaving your dog is harmless unless the dog is afraid of the clipper and tends to jump or wiggle excessively. The clippers can cut the fine skin of the dog and is another reason your dog should have regular visits to avoid building anxiety and fear of the process. Accidents are inevitable and staying calm will keep your dog calm as well. CLIPPING NAILS Most dogs don't enjoy having the toenails clipped, but it is necessary for the health of your dog. If he goes too long without having his nails trimmed, it can cause serious problem with his pads and ability to walk. Overgrown nails can curl around and grow back into the pad causing crippling and excruciating pain which could lead to a surgical procedure to remove them. Dogs who tend to dig and run often are more likely to wear their nails down naturally and may not need to be trimmed often. On average, an indoor dog needs the nails done every 6 to 8 weeks. CLEANING EARS Ear disorders keep veterinarians very busy. It is a common malady in all breeds. Proper ear care is essential in good health and takes little time and effort. Ask your groomer if this is part of the regular regimen.