Now that summer is transitioning into fall, it’s time to switch up your dog’s grooming regimen. Say goodbye to the short cuts of summer and say hello to the longer coats for winter. By doing this, many dog owners come across matted or tangled hair. Below are some tips on how to keep your four-legged friend warm in the winter without any trouble.
Brushing: Breeds that have shorter hair like Labradors, Bulldogs and Chihuahuas, need to be brushed at least once a week. Other breeds with longer hair like Yorkies, Bichons and Collies need to be brushed daily. The obvious reason for brushing is to avoid mats, tangles or knots which can become too tight or too close to your dog’s skin. This tangling of the hair can cause pain thus requiring the knots to be cut out in order to provide relief. Another reason to brush your dog on a regular basis is to loosen any dirt and get rid of dead skin.
There are several types of brushes available depending on your pet’s needs. We suggest using a rubber brush to loosen dirt and dead skin followed by a bristle brush to reduce shedding and to get rid of any unnecessary hair. For those who have dog’s with denser hair, it is best to use the bristle brush first followed by a slicker brush to remove any tangles.
Bathing: Frequent bathing is another way to prevent unwanted coat and skin problems for your pet. It is recommended that you bathe your dog every four to six weeks as needed, until they are ready for their next cut and style. Bathing too frequently will dry out your dog’s skin and strip the natural oils from his or her coat.
Don’t hesitate to call us and set up anything from a brush out to a nail clipping or even a full groom.