Just like we require showers and haircuts, our dogs also need good grooming habits in order to thrive, look good, and be as healthy as possible. Here are 11 reasons why regular grooming sessions are so important.
1. Your Dog is a Puppy
You can start grooming puppies when they’re as young as three weeks old which most breeders and shelters do; once you take your pup home, don’t want to wait very long to get her acquainted with ear cleaning, nail clipping, and being brushed; doing that while she’s still a baby is the best way to ensure she’ll be amenable to it (and even enjoy it) when she grows up. Just go slow in the beginning and make sure to include lots and lots of treats.
2. Keep the Coat Healthy
Grooming your canine pal does a ton towards keeping his coat shiny and healthy. Not only does it aerate the coat, ensuring healthy growth, it also helps keep grease levels down (grease can block pores and cause cysts), and prevents matting, which can cause soreness and skin irritation.
3. It’s Time for a Hair Cut
Depending on your dog’s breed and coat type, he may need more than just a bath and brushing. While you might be able to do it at home, a professional groomer will have better tools and equipment and will be have the skill to groom different breeds to enhance their look and ensure your pup looks his very best. If your dog does require routine coat trimming, keep him on a regular schedule, as that will result in a healthier coat.
4. It’s Time for a Bath
Unless your dog has gotten into something or is especially smelly, he actually only needs a bath every couple of months. Over bathing can dry out the skin and strip the natural oils from his coat. And while you might be able to give your dog a bath at home, a professional groomer will have the all of the right equipment, supply the shampoo, make sure it’s all rinsed out, and have a big doggie blow dryer. Plus, they do all of the clean up afterwards and there’s no chance of a soaking wet dog escaping and going on the loose in your home.
5. Trim the Nails
If you can hear your dog’s nails clicking when he walks, it’s time for them to get a trim. Short nails allow a dog to be more agile, where as overgrown nails can grow into the toe pads and cause pain and infection or cause your dog to have to adjust his stance, which can eventually result in arthritis. You may be able to trim your dog’s nails at home, but not everyone is comfortable doing that since you have to be very careful to avoid cutting into the quick, which contains blood vessels. It you’re intimidated, or if your dog just isn’t having it, ask your groomer or your vet to do it for you. Bonus: Short nails can help save wear and tear on the floors in your home.
6. Clean the Ears
Keeping your dog’s ears cleans is important because it prevents ear infections and any gross doggie ear smells. Ask your groomer if trimming the hair the inside of your dog’s ears will be helpful in keeping gunk from building up.
7. Catch Health Problems Early
There can be a lot of issues hidden in a dog’s coat, including ticks, fleas, hot spots, dry patches, hair loss, cuts or grazes, and more. Though you may find these when you’re brushing your dog, a groomer will also be able to get a very up close and personal look at places you might have missed and, hopefully, will help you catch any potential problems early so they can be treated before they become serious.
8. Reduce the Amount of Hair in Your Home
If your dog sheds a lot, routine grooming thins the coat out, keeps it healthy, and means there will be a lot less hair floating around your home and sticking to your clothes.
9. Keep Your Pup Cool
Dogs cool off by panting and through the pads on their paws, so it’s important to keep the hair between their pads trimmed as it makes cooling off that much more efficient.
10. Spa Day!
As long as you get your dog used to it when he’s young, a trip to the groomer can be much like a day at the spa is for us. It’s a chance for him to relax, maybe socialize with some other dogs, and go home with a clean, healthy coat and a spring in his step.
11. Post-Grooming Bonding
While brushing and bathing your dog by yourself can be an amazing way to bond, even if you take your dog to a groomer, you can use the time afterwards to pet and cuddle your (probably quite sleepy) pup. Plus, snuggles are so much more fun when your dog is clean and smells good!