Dog Grooming – The Basics

Regular grooming is an essential part of owning a dog. Coats need washing and brushing, claws need clipping, ears need cleaning, long hair needs cutting, and there is a very good reason why so many dog owners take their beloved four legged family members to dog grooming professionals like us at Urban Paws to get the job done!

A wet chocolate havanese puppy dog after bath is dressed in a peach towel isolated on white background

The five basics when it comes to dog grooming are:

  1. Bathing
  2. Brushing
  3. Nail Clipping
  4. Haircuts
  5. Ear Care

Dog grooming is not as easy as you may think – and if correct care isn’t taken, injury can occur to both dog and groomer. Not all dogs like the grooming process; not all will sit still; and many are simply uncooperative. The professional dog groomer is adept at dealing with even the most difficult client!

If you choose to undertake grooming your dog yourself, here’s what you need to know:

  • Make sure you have the right tools.
  • Keep calm and your dog will be more inclined to keep calm as well.
  • Don’t try to clip long hair for the summer yourself – different breeds have different kinds of hair and all require a different approach.
  • Use high quality and vet-approved products (canine shampoos, etc)

Brushing should be done regularly, either daily or monthly depending on your dog’s needs. Bathing should occur between weekly and monthly. Some breeds require a haircut fortnightly, others every six weeks or others just in summer. Very short haired breeds may never need a haircut. Nail clipping can be difficult and trimming too close can cause injury to the dog. Ask your vet or professional groomer for advice. Ears, depending on whether your dog’s are erect or floppy, may need cleaning anything between daily and monthly. This will help eliminate bacteria and yeast – as well as dirt that enters when your dog rolls on the ground.

Choose a dog grooming service with care. At Urban Paws, we welcome you to drop in and see what we do for yourself. Your pet’s physical and emotional wellbeing is our priority, and we have the experience and expertise to make Rufus look and feel fantastic!The Basics

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Vic 3013, Australia

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