With Father’s Day approaching I started thinking about how lucky dad’s are when it comes to grooming. They get haircuts every few weeks, they do a quick finger brush of their hair as they are running out the door, and most of them use one product for shampoo, conditioner, soap, body wash, shave cream…lucky them! For the rest of us grooming takes a little more work. This is especially true for dogs. Dogs typically get groomed every 4-6 weeks, depending on their coat and their play time (some get dirtier more often than others!!). There are things you can do at home to help maintain their groom until their next grooming appointment. Here are a few tips:
Use proper tools for your pet’s coat (consider length and type of fur). Use a good quality brush/comb.
Only use shampoo for pets (not people products, these can be irritating to pets).
Brush your pet 3-5 times per week. If you bathe them at home make sure you brush them thoroughly before bathing. This will keep matting to a minimum, and keep more money in your wallet at your pets next groom!
Use this time to bond with your pet. If they don’t like you brushing them they definitely don’t like the groomer to do it! Get them familiar brushing at home so they have a better grooming experience.
You can also use this time to check your pet for any health issues. Look in their ears (we see a lot of ear infections!), inspect their paws, check around their body for anything unusual.
Don’t have tools to do this at home? We have them in our store! Have more questions? We have answers! Our staff is very knowledgable and can help with your pet maintenance questions.