Your dog loves you unconditionally. Some dogs do, however, love us a little less when it comes to bath time! Whether you do it at home or at a parlour, grooming plays an important role in keeping your pet neat, clean and pest free.
At the parlour
Imagine going to a grooming parlour for the first time through your dog’s eyes. All the sights and smells, not to mention strange people doing all sorts of weird things to you! Your dog will get used to his visit to the parlour if he is handled with care – and it’s up to you to choose the right one.
Here’s some advice:
- First visit the parlour without your pet. Ask if you can look around, and see if you are comfortable with the way they work.
- Look at how the staff handle the pets – if you are not satisfied with this, find another place.
- Is everything clean, with no bad smells lingering in the air?
- Make sure that there is no way that your pet will be able to escape from his grooming session.
- Have a chat with the owner of the parlour. Find out a bit more about the parlour’s history and the level of expertise you can expect. Different breeds of dog have different grooming needs, and sometimes show dogs are groomed differently than pets. Your groomer should be able to give you professional advice on what will suit your own dog the best.
Did you know? While it’s a well-known fact that cats groom themselves, dogs do so as well, just to a lesser extent
B-A-T-H. Does your dog turn into a superb athlete at the mere mention of this word? Maybe it’s genuinely not his idea of fun, but it could also be that, unknowingly, you are doing things that he doesn’t like. Here are some tips:
- Prevention is better than cure! Get your dog used to taking a bath from an early age.
- Get everything you need within reach – your wet dog might just follow if you have to leave to get something! These include items such as shampoo, towels, cotton wool, a plastic jug and a rubber mat for the bottom of the bath.
- Give your dog a nice brush before his bath. This will remove dead hair in short coats, and knots from longer coats.
- Place the rubber mat in the bath. This will keep your dog from slipping.
- Don’t like it when the hairdresser gets water in your ears? Neither does your dog! Place a small piece of cotton wool inside your dog’s ears to prevent water from getting in. Don’t push it in too deep, and remember to remove it when you are finished!
- Now it’s time to get to the real thing. Thoroughly wet your dog’s coat with lukewarm water. Work up a lather with your dog’s shampoo all over his body and carefully wash his face too. You can use a soft cloth here to keep soapy water from getting into his eyes.
- Now rinse! Make sure to rinse your dog properly to get all of the shampoo out of his coat – shampoo that stays behind can cause discomfort.
- Once you are sure that he is well rinsed, you can use towels to dry him all over.
3 More tips
1. Get your dog used to being handled and brushed from puppyhood. This will keep you from ending up with a dog who is scared of his grooming routine.
2. Never use human shampoo on a dog. Their coats and skin are not the same as ours, and human shampoo can cause itching!
3. Checking and cleaning your dog’s eyes and ears, brushing his teeth and trimming his nails are all part of his grooming session.