Grooming may seem expensive when you think of all the other things you need to do for your pup. However, the reasons why you need to groom your dog far outweigh the reasons not to. There are many people who choose dog breeds based on how much work they have to put in to keep them well groomed, and this is definitely a factor that should help in your decision. Choosing a breed that requires a lot of extra grooming may not be right for you if, for example, you are employed and value your free time. Here are 5 reasons why grooming your dog is so important:
Brushing your dog gets rid of old fur and helps you control shedding better. It removes dead skin cells and encourages new hair growth. It also stimulates the natural oils in your dog’s skin to moisturize the skin and coat. This part of grooming is an absolute must for the health of your dog’s coat and skin.
Although this doesn’t need to be done as often as brushing, there is an important reason to shampoo your pup as well. In areas such as cities, shampooing removes dust and pollutants that have accumulated in your dog’s coat. In more suburban areas, it helps to get rid of pollen and grass or burrs if your dog likes to exercise a lot. This also helps with healthy shedding of dead skin cells and oil production. It is important that you use the right shampoo, we cannot use human shampoo on our pooches. You should go to your local pet store or veterinarian and get something that is appropriate for your furry friend.
While I know this can be a daunting task, but it’s important to make sure your pup’s nails don’t get too long. Ingrown nails or damaged nail beds are uncomfortable and make walking difficult. Just think about how you feel when your feet are sore or have a blister or ingrown nail? The same is true here. If you are afraid of trimming nails, you can take them to the vet or a professional groomer to help!
Grooming involves touching your puppy, engaging with them and making sure they look and feel good. Touch is so important for bonding and it’s very easy to get puppies used to brushing, bathing and nail trimming from the start if you are gentle and persistent with it. Sending your puppy to a professional groomer is just as good for bonding, because even when he’s not with you, he’s bonding with a friendly face, and that’s good for his mental and physical health.