Grooming Tips for the New Dog Owner

by Chelsea Dogs

Your dog did not come with a user’s manual, though some owner’s will purchase something similar shortly after purchasing a dog. As you may be aware, your dog will require grooming on a regular basis. This is more than just making sure you do not have to smell your pet. You will also need to groom your dog so that diseases and skin problems can be avoided as well. You may be wondering about exactly how you are supposed to groom your new dog. Here are some easy tips you can follow to make sure your dog is groomed properly.

Bathing is Not an Option

Your dog will need to be bathed regularly. Indoor dogs do not need to be bathed as much as those that spend most of their day outside. Additionally, dogs that are more active will need to be bathed more often. A good rule of thumb is to bathe your new best friend once a  month or slightly more often if your dog enjoys the mud or swimming in lakes and rivers. Even the cleanest dogs will need to get clean to refresh their skin and coat.

Grooming at Home Versus the Experts

There are many great grooming supplies you can purchase to care for your pet at home. The professionals will use all of the same supplies, plus a few additional items. One of the things to keep in mind is that you will need to use a groomer form time to time to have your pet’s anal glands expressed. Not only is this not a pleasant way to spend an afternoon, but if you do the expressing on your own, you run the risk of harming your dog. Here at Chelsea Dogs, we have sourced a fantastic range of dog shampoos and conditioners which are made with completely natural ingredients that will not dry out your dogs coat or skin like many other mass market dog shampoos you can find in your local pet shop. Our luxury organic dog shampoos will add all the vitamins and minerals your dogs needs to keep their coat looking healthy and shiny and of course smelling great! Browse our range of dog grooming products by clicking here.

Watching for Eyes and Ears

Keep in mind that just like you, your dog does not want to have shampoo in the eyes. It is difficult to keep the shampoo out of the eyes because you cannot tell your dog to keep the eyes closed when washing the head. A good idea is to be fairly reserved in how much shampoo you use on the head and make sure you are lifting the head up when rinsing off. This way, you only run the risk of water getting in the eyes.

The ears are another area where you will have to pay attention. When water gets into the ears, it can cause an ear infection to occur. This is why you should make sure to use as little water on the head as possible. Many of the experts recommend using nothing more than a sponge on the ears and making sure to towel the ears dry after washing up.

By taking care of your pet, you will be able to enjoy their company even longer. You will have the added benefit of not having to deal with a smelly hand after petting your dog. Whether you take your dog to a professional, or you opt to do the grooming yourself, you will appreciate the results and your dog will suffer through fewer visits to the doctor’s office.

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