I can’t seem to get my long haired dog groomed or clipped and I was at the groomer the other day to make an appointment where I saw a rather disgruntled dog who looked very well cared for , with a nice beard and fuzzy whiskers left on his face, and it made me think about the importance of a professional groomer.
Professional grooming will help cool your dog in the heat by removing excess fur and can save you time and effort, as successful grooming takes a great deal of care and patience – especially long-haired dogs or fluffy, a puppy or dog with behavioral issues.
Yes, you can do it yourself, but there are many advantages to having it done by a professional.
They can do anything
A professional groomer will brush, bathe and dry your dog and trim or clip him with clean, sanitized bushes and clippers. These small knots are removed before bathing, which makes it easier to soap the dog with shampoo. Once dry, the coat can be trimmed, clipped or shaved if needed or requested. They will check their eyes, the soles of their feet, clean their ears and check for infections, and cut nails if necessary.
They have the right material
If you’ve ever tried to groom a dog yourself, you know how important the right tools are. I can’t use scissors myself for fear of cutting too close to the skin, and the clippers seem to scare my dog, the whole thing is uncomfortable for my back, but a groomer will be able to wield the right scissors and clippers experience, all at the right height on their adjustable table.
They will use non-toxic and mild shampoos, especially for people with allergies or even fleas. Different coats require different brushes, and the more hair they remove, the less it will drift around your house like tumbleweed! Many breeds need special cuts, and the groomer will have the knowledge for the breed’s specific needs.
They know how to handle your pooch
Older dogs or those that are anxious or aggressive when you try to groom them should be handled gently, and some might need to be muzzled for grooming, which a groomer can do without getting emotionally involved. They are very experienced in handling difficult dogs and wisely often ask the owner to leave to reduce stress for both the dog and the owner.
They take care of the gross stuff
Cleaning the anal glands, bathing a muddy or stinky dog that has happily rolled around in fox poop for example, or removing fleas and ticks are not the most enjoyable tasks, but they come with the responsibility of own a dog. A professional groomer knows how to take care of these necessary – but unpleasant – tasks for you.
Professional grooming offers health benefits
Although your dog looks and smells great, the health benefits should not be overlooked. Thorough brushing detangles and removes excess fur and distributes the dog’s natural oils, removes dead skin buildup and regular baths remove dirt and help prevent skin irritation. The groomer can also check for bumps and bumps you might have missed, and trimming the nails reduces the risk of cracks, tears, and painful posture if they grow too long.
How often should I groom my dog?
It depends on the breed, coat length and how dirty! Whether it’s every six weeks or just twice a year, you can always do your part at home. Teeth cleaning, nail trimming, brushing, detangling, occasional shampoos if needed, ear checks, and private area freshening will help make your canine companion more healthy, comfortable, and fun to be around.
For puppies and dogs that have never been professionally groomed, you can imitate the groomer gently – touching feet and nails often and offering treats, and maybe even trying to pass an electric toothbrush around the coat for dogs that will need to be trimmed, just to get them used to the sound of clippers. Grooming is a bonding experience for you and your dog and will make the process more enjoyable in the long run.