Not only do dog groomers make you pooch sparkly clean and smelling beautiful, they also make your dog hygienically clean. This plays an important part in ensuring that a dog's health is maintained, and is an important part of dog care.
Regular (but not too frequent) baths wash away dirt and help prevent skin irritations.
De-tangling keeps coats from becoming matted and causing painful pulling on the skin.
Using correct brushes for coat type removes damaged and dead hair, allowing new growth for a healthy coat.
Careful brushing distributes the dog’s natural oils and gets rid of dead skin.
Handling during grooming allows early detection of lumps, bumps, and skin irritations.
Nail trimming reduce the risk of nail tears and cracks and painful posture.
Grooming, however, is not a “one-size-fits-all” service, and some dogs may need more grooming upkeep than others. So here’s a quick reference guide to help you determine how often your dog may need to be brushed, bathed, or fully groomed.
Examples: Boston Terriers, Dobermans, Pinshers, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Pugs
Short-haired dogs usually only need occasional baths every 4-6 weeks and minimal brushing, and will rarely need much grooming with clippers or trimmers. Contrary to popular belief, short-haired dogs do shed and some of them shed even more than longer-haired dogs.
Examples: Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Shiba Inu, Australian Shepards, Huskies, Havanese, Pomerians
Double-coated dog breeds tend to shed their undercoat seasonally, and shed a lot when they do. Because of their thicker coats, they can be prone to matting if not properly groomed. Pups with short and dense coats usually don’t need to be bathed or groomed more than once every 2-3 months. Huskies, however, rarely need their coat trimmed, and need bathing only a few times a year. However, most double-coated pups with longer, less dense coats, we recommend bathing once a month with a trim around the face, ears, sanitary regions, and paw pads. For full body trims, we recommend a light trim of their coat at least every 3 months.
Examples: Poodles, American Water Spaniels, Curly Coated Retrievers Bicho Frise
While pups with curly and wavy coats are desirable because they shed less than other breeds, their coats are more likely to become matted. Dirt and debris can get caught in the coat where it will remain in the curly coat until brushed or washed out. Thus, it’s very important to have a regular grooming, bathing, and brushing schedule. For grooming, we recommend bathing and grooming once a month
Examples: Airedales, Wire Hair Fox Terriers, Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, Wirehaired Dachshund
Many terrier breeds have wire coats that are rather rough and bristly. While their coat does not shed, the dead hair have a tendency of matting close to the skin. We recommend brushing at least 1-3 times a week and bathing at least every 1-2 months.
Dog grooming qualifications are not essential, However, a course in grooming, styling or animal welfare would be beneficial to help you stand out from the crowd.
Taking the time to train professionally means your clients know they can trust you with their furry family members.
You can find an array of different dog grooming courses on line ranging from one day taster courses to professional dog grooming career courses.
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