Dog Grooming Advice.
Why use a professional grooming service ?
Using a professional grooming service certainly has its perks not only should your dog come out looking great they have a basic health check too and your groomer can spot any para-sites or skin issues your dog may suffer from. Regular grooming keeps your dog's skin and coat in great condition. Your groomer, when performing a health check will check your dog's ears. They will check for any excessive ear wax, signs of infection, inflammation, discharge or grass seeds. They will then clean the ear and remove excess hair. Your groomer will check for foreign objects in your dog's paw pads for example grass seeds which you may not have spotted. Your groomer will also trim in between your dog's paw pads. This removes excess hair and keeps your dogs paws in tip top condition. If excess hair has been allowed to grow it can actually affect the way your dogs walk and put extra stress on their bones and joints. Your groomer will check and clean your dog's eyes and check for any abnormalities. They can help with staining and removing debris. Your groomer will check your dog's teeth and gums. They will check for any decaying teeth, bad breath, build up of plaque or tartar. Your dog groomer has a duty to inform you to seek veterinary intervention if necessary. As long as there are no signs of significant dental or gum problems your groomer may be able to clean your dog's teeth if this is part of your service requirements. All this as well as brushing, bathing, dematting, drying and styling your dog and using shampoos and conditioners best suited to your dog's skin type. So you see there are many benefits to having your dog professionally groomed a lot more goes into it then brushing and bathing!
Choosing the Right Brush
Choosing the Right Brush for your dogs needs can be a mind field there are so many too choose from. So how do you choose the right one? At Amikaya we also offer brushing lessons to help you know exactly how to use it just ask about them at your next appointment.
Curly coated breeds
Breeds like Bichons, Poodles and mixed breed Curly coated dog's need frequent brushing. They need a brush that not only helps removes knots and tangles but also straightens that curl out too. Always use a light mist of spray before brushing to protect the coat one part conditioner and five parts water in spray bottle works well or use a grooming spray. The best brush for these types in my opinion is a flexi slicker. Not only does the brush remove matts and tangles it is also flexible so is gentle and really stretches that coat curl out.
Smooth coated (Short coated)
Breeds like Smooth Jack Russell Terriers, Beagles, Staffordshire Bull Terriers and mixed breeds even though they have a short coat they still need regular brushing. This helps keep their coat and skin in great condition and help it shine. A rubber curry comb works well or a hound glove, this gets rid of loose coat. Start by using circular movements over the dog. Next use a comb to finish off and grab the last bits of dead coat. A grooming spray can be used like mentioned above.
Silky Coated Breeds
Breeds like Shih Tzu , Maltese, Yorkshire Terrier and some mixed breeds have soft silky hair . This coat type is like human hair , this coat type needs frequent grooming as will matt and tangle easily. This coat type can damage easily so generally a slicker can damage it so I find a pin brush works great. Spray a mist of grooming spray on the dog before brushing to help protect the coat or use 1 part conditioner to 5 parts water in a spray bottle. Brush though the coat systematically making sure you brush from root to tip.
Breeds like Schnauzers, Border Terriers and mixed breeds of this nature have a coat that's wiry to the touch it has a softer under coat. This coat type needs regular brushing i find a terrier palm pad works best. Brush dog from head to tail using swift hand movements.
Double coated breeds
Breeds like Akitas, Malamutes, Huskies have a double coat. This coat provides excellent weather protection and should never be clipped as this ruins the dogs natural thermal regulation. This coat will blow every six months or more frequently due to central heating. Lots of loose dead coat will be seen at this point and it must be removed otherwise it will matt and cause discomfort for your dog. With This coat type I find a Slicker works best. Part the coat pat the brush at the root then use a flick motion with your brush to comb down the hair shaft from root to tip. Move systematically through the dog's coat to make sure all areas are reached. You will find areas like the dogs trouser area and chest will be packed with coat if not done regularly. Next Use a coat rake to check for any other loose coat. A grooming spray can be used too .
Brushing your dog whatever their coat type is important. Not only is it good for the dogs skin and coat , Its saves you money on dematting fee's and you can check for any signs of parasites or lumps or bumps. Also if your not brushing your dog you are missing out on a big part of the relationship you have with your dog. Regular handling makes a more amenable temperament and dogs enjoy grooming sessions if done regularly. Especially if you follow with a tummy rub, good old ear scratch or treat. Grooming should be a positive experience for you and your dog, Happy brushing...