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- A well-groomed dog will be more sociable
There will be times your dog will want to get dirty but your dog likes to be clean and nice-smelling just as much as you do! You’ll spend more time together bonding and playing and having a great time.
- A well-groomed dog will present a positive public image
It’s a publicly acceptable way to brag about how dependable and responsible you are, and it might even lead to you being able to bring your dog with you into places dogs aren’t usually allowed.
- Grooming prevents the spread of dirt and disease
A dirty dog will make your clothes, furniture, and floors unappealingly muddy or dirty. There’s also a higher chance that your dog will be harboring nasty surprises in the form of insects or bacteria that are vectors for human diseases.
- Grooming will help you spot symptoms of internal problems earlier
By regularly grooming your dog you’ll learn what its normal vital signs are. When its coat loses its sheen, it can be a sign of significant problems like allergy, poor diet, parasites, even illnesses like cancer. Catch these problems early to keep your dog healthy!
- It is an investment in the health of your dog
Unfortunately, if you’re just starting out, getting the grooming equipment and products together can cost a bit of money. But consider it a future investment against the health of your dog. Don’t forget that you won’t need to replace some items for a while.
- It may take time, especially in the beginning
Grooming is just as necessary as housetraining so it helps to have an idea of how long it will take. Shorter coats and smaller dogs usually need less time. Long hair and high maintenance coats need more time. Set aside 2 hours for the first session.
- There are two types of coat
There are two basic types of coat, the single and the double. Most dogs have a double, which is a stiff, top coat and a soft, warm undercoat. Single-coated dogs are missing the undercoat layer, meaning they often shed less than dogs with double coats.
- Having the right tools is essential
Once you’ve familiarized yourself with your dog’s coat and what the correct methods of grooming are, you’ll have a better idea of what you’ll need. Don’t forget that grooming isn’t just brushing, but sometimes it also includes trimming, nail clipping, bathing, and stripping.
- You will need to train your dog to be groomed
It is best to get started early, when your dog is just a puppy. This will make life easier for both you and your dog. Use simple commands and cues like sit, down and stay to prevent either of you from getting hurt or unnecessarily frustrated. It’s not easy to groom a dog that’s constantly squirming!
- Keeping a log of your grooming sessions can be very useful
This can help you learn and keep track of your dog’s individual needs and state of health. It doesn’t need to be anything special. Simply make notes about things like date, types of grooming, possible indicators of poor health, any odd behavior, etc.