Top 4 Dog Grooming Tips and products

We all want our dogs to look their best, but having them professionally groomed all the time is not financially feasible for everyone. Brent Lotz, veterinary assistant and dog groomer, gives the following top 4 dog grooming tips to help make your dog look like he just stepped out of the beauty parlor.

#1 – Baby Powder

Have tangles? Baby powder is your new best friend. Sprinkle it on your dog’s tangles and you will be able to comb them out a lot easier. Plus, your dog will smell good. dg1 61MUlWA3vIL._SL1098_

#2 – Flea Combs Aren’t Just For Fleas

For dogs with longer hair on their faces, like Shih Tzus, Schanuzers, and most doodles, a flea comb works great to detangle without causing pain or discomfort. dg2 41FGpCOs7wL

#3 – Trim The Paws

Trimming the hair around and in between your dog’s pads has many positives: it’s easier to wipe them clean after being outside; they don’t get things such as burrs or thistles caught as easily. Your dog will also have better traction on slippery floors without the hair getting in the way of their pads.
Image source: @TonyAlter via Flickr
Image source: @TonyAlter via Flickr

#4 – Use Appropriate Brushes

Make sure you use the right brush for your dog’s coat type:
  • For short-hair breeds, like Labs, use a Furminator short toothed comb and a curry comb (useful for bathing).
  • For medium-length breeds with undercoat, like the Husky, use a double or single rake to reach the dead undercoat. Dematting combs and slicker brushes can also be useful.
  • For Doodle-type dogs, use a pin brush and a slicker or straight comb.
  • For long-haired breeds like Shelties, Maltese, etc., use a double rake, straight comb and/or slicker depending on if they have an undercoat or not.
  • For wire-haired breeds like the Brussels Griffon, use a slicker brush, wide-toothed flea comb (for the face). Dematting and straight combs can be handy too.
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