Category Archives: dog grooming

6 Tips for Choosing a Good Dog Groomer

groomer 1By Laurie Darroch

When it’s time to groom your dog and doing it yourself is more than you can handle, knowing a good dog groomer is a definite bonus. There is more to choosing the appropriate groomer for your dog than simply picking one out of the phone book. Not every groomer is a good fit for every dog. Consider these points when searching for the right groomer for your dog.

References and Reputation

Word of mouth, reviews, experience and reputation all matter when it comes to the care of your dog. Although most grooming tasks do not require extensive training, the more experience a groomer has, the better. Some groomers do attend professional schooling and/or get training on the job. You want a groomer who is reputable, the same way you want a beautician or any personal care professional to have the necessary skills and training when you need services yourself.

Every groomer is not instantly acceptable simply because they advertise their services. You have to find the person who fits your dog and your individual needs. You want someone who knows what they are doing in general with any dog and for your particular dog as well. Hanging a sign on the wall saying they are a dog groomer does not automatically mean they do a great job. Take the time to check them out to find a groomer who is qualified.
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5 Tips for Using Rewards While Grooming Your Dog

grooming anniinaBy Laurie Darroch

No matter how much you may want to keep your dog clean and well groomed in order to keep them healthy and presentable, sometimes they simply do not want to be groomed. Your dog may be of the ilk that does not care for the whole fuss that goes with grooming and bathing. If they have not experienced it or are not used to it, you may have to coax them into behaving during their grooming and bathing sessions. Here are 5 types of rewards you can use as encouragement.

Treat Rewards

Initially, a hesitant dog may take a bit of coaxing to sit still long enough for a good brushing, skin and ear check, nail trimming or bath. Since grooming is important for maintaining a healthy coat and skin, and to find any possible problems, bribery may help to train them. If they are the kind that will never like grooming, a CANIDAE grain free PURE chewy treat  is a good way to reward them for sitting still or just to get your dog to approach and not avoid the activity.

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Should I Shave My Dog’s Fur in Hot Weather?

By Laurie Darroch

As the weather changes from cold to hot, you may feel that your dog would stay cooler if you cut his fur. However, before you do that, you need to think about what type of dog you have and what the layers of fur actually do for a dog, particularly if they are a double coated breed.

Look into the type of coat your particular dog has. Not all coats are the same, and what may seem cooler to you may not actually be helping your dog. In many cases, it’s better to opt for daily grooming and maintenance instead of shaving off your dog’s protective fur. You may be doing more damage than good by removing natural covering.

Types of Dog Hair

Some dogs have what is called a double coat. It is actually two layers of hair that are meant to protect the dog from the elements, including heat. The undercoat is thicker and softer than the overcoat. The double layers actually trap cooler air in against the dog’s body. It is built-in insulation. Huskies and German Shepherds are two types of dogs with double coats. It may look hot to you and be work to take care of their coat, but you may be doing them a disservice by shaving them if it is not absolutely necessary because of extreme coat damage.

Other dog breeds have single coats, such as the Doberman Pinscher or the French Bulldog. Some dogs are non-shedders or low shedders, such as the Poodle, Kerry Blue Terrier or Lakeland Terrier, but some non-shedders or low shedders can be double coated as well. The point is to know and understand your particular dog’s breed and coat type before you make any decisions regarding shaving or clipping for hot weather.

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5 Signs That Your Dog Needs Grooming

By Laurie Darroch

Dogs do some of their own grooming and caring for their coat. You may see them licking dirt off their hair or tugging at foreign matter to remove it with their teeth, but they need your help to keep their coat and nails in optimum condition. Grooming your dog is an important part of being a responsible pet owner. Here are five ways you can assist your canine companion with his grooming.

Matted Fur

Matted or tangled hair attracts and traps dirt, pests such as ticks, and debris from playing outside. The matting hampers the natural ability for the coat to do its job of keeping the dog warm in cool months and cooler in hot months. When your dog’s coat is matted, not only does it make him look unkempt and uncared for, it can contribute to poor health by trapping things that can damage the skin and bring disease to your dog.

Some breeds do not require a lot of brushing to keep their coat tangle free, but even those dogs can benefit from regular brushing to remove debris and dirt and to help to keep their coat healthy.

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Why Do Dogs Need Their Nails Trimmed?

nails Ray DBy Laurie Darroch

All dogs have different rates of nail growth, and how they exercise may help determine if they actually need a trim or not. Many dogs exercise on softer surfaces like grass fields, dirt paths or even indoors. Those surfaces don’t provide a great deal of friction for nails to file down as they play. Dogs that get a lot of exercise on hard surfaces such as concrete sidewalks or rough asphalt roads may get enough filing that their nails wear down naturally, but they may still need them trimmed on occasion.

You may notice that their nails are getting too long when they jump on you or up on a favorite resting spot, or when their excessively long nails are scratching the floor. Long nails can cut skin and rip furniture. They can cause pain and injury to your dog as well.

Different breeds of dogs have different nail growth patterns. Some have higher knuckles and some are more flat to the ground. That can determine how often or when they need their nails trimmed. You will learn with your own dog what their speed and type of nail growth is and how to deal with it.

Walking and Running

When a dog’s nails are too long, it can hamper their ability to walk and run correctly. To put it in human terms, imagine your own toenails growing so long that they curl under your toes or constantly rub against the ground, or make your shoes painful to wear by jamming back against the base of your nails from pressure against the tips. It would definitely make the actual process of ambulation more difficult for you. Sure, you would adapt, but you prevent the problems to begin with by keeping your nails trimmed. You can do the same thing for your dog.

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Three Common Grooming Mistakes Dog Owners Make

grooming mapleBy Langley Cornwell

We live on the coast of South Carolina. If you are familiar with this area, you may have become acquainted with pluff mud (aka plough mud), a slippery, oozy, brownish, grayish, viscous sucking mud. This slimy mud, which is abundant around our tidal flats and salt marshes, has an accompanying aroma that is like nothing I’ve ever smelled before. I’m not sure I can accurately describe the smell in words but I can tell you this, it’s nearly impossible to wash out of dog fur. The mud itself takes a firm hand and lots of elbow grease to remove, but that smell has a lingering quality that you almost have to get used to. I often say our dogs smell like a combination of popcorn and pluff mud.

Our dogs get into pluff mud a lot. One of our favorite places to let them run is deep in a small island not far from our house. Of course the island is rife with the stuff and our dogs love to romp through it. Not to digress too far off topic, but you have to be careful around pluff mud because you can sink into it and get stuck. So can dogs. Just saying.

Every time we take the pups for off-leash playtime, we know we’re going to have a long, intense grooming session afterwards. Fortunately, they are used to the routine and understand that “if you want to play, you’ve got to pay” so they stand by patiently as we soap them up and wash them down.

If you are a new dog owner or your dog has recently discovered the joys of pluff mud (or skunk chasing or stink rolling, etc.), here are three grooming mistakes to avoid.

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