Everyone desires to be a good “parent” or owner to their furry companion. Grooming is an aspect of caring for your dog and maintaining their happiness, health, and cleanliness. Some people prefer to have their pets professionally groomed, while others prefer to do it themselves.
Regardless of your preference, it is essential to know how to properly groom your dog. Understanding the things you should never do when it comes to dog grooming is also crucial.
Top 5 Dog Grooming Mistakes You Should Avoid
For the sake of your dog’s safety, health, and well-being, we have compiled a list of the top five grooming blunders that you must avoid at all times.
#1 – Shaving Your Dog Throughout the Summer
The desire to shave your dog’s coat during the summer makes intellectual sense, at least from a human perspective. You believe that removing excess hair can help your pet stay cool throughout the hot summer months, and you naturally want to ensure their comfort. What therefore may go wrong?
Unfortunately, shaving your pet (at any time of year) isn’t required for cooling and can really be detrimental. It is one of the most common dog grooming blunders made by owners. The thick coat allows your dog to properly control their body temperature in both warm and cold climates. Shaving can also make an animal more susceptible to sunburn and sunstroke. As the skin of a dog is thinner and more sensitive than that of a human, it can be easily burned or absorb UV radiation.
Additionally, shaving your dog might cause permanent damage to their coats. Damage to the hair follicles can cause poor hair regeneration, patchiness, and duller, less glossy coats when the hair grows back. Regular grooming with a brush and comb is the greatest method for maintaining the health of your dog’s coat and eliminating unwanted dead hair. A shorter trim is acceptable so long as sufficient hair remains to shield them from the sun.
#2 – Cleaning Your Dog’s Ear Canals
This is another common grooming mistake that many dog owners do, but bathing your dog’s ears is unnecessary. Even when bathing and rinsing your dog, you should avoid introducing water or other liquids into or around the ear canal.
Water or other liquids in the ear canal foster the growth of bacteria, which frequently results in ear infections. It might give your pet further inflammation, edema, and pain. When bathing your dog, the ears, eyes, and nose should be kept dry and should never be purposefully rinsed with water.
#3 – Not Thoroughly Rinsing Your Dog
On the flip side, inadequate washing of your dog after a bath can also be a major issue. This does not imply that you should cleanse the aforementioned eyes, ears, or nose; in fact, it is recommended to rinse the entire head with a moist towel. The remainder of your dog’s body, however, must be thoroughly rinsed with water after a bath.
Otherwise, shampoo residue will remain and might lead to skin irritation, matted or tangled hair, and other coat issues. Rinsing insufficiently is another common example of dog grooming errors that many owners may occasionally commit.
When it comes to rinsing your dog, a shower head or sink sprayer with adequate pressure is typically the best option. Pouring water into your dog’s coat with a cup or bucket is not suggested and may not penetrate deeply enough. Continue rinsing until there are no more bubbles emerging from their fur, and then rinse for a bit longer.
Always use lukewarm water; you do not want to scald your dog’s sensitive skin. Specialized shampoos, frequently formulated with tea tree oil and other natural components, are ideal for dogs with highly sensitive skin. Never use human shampoo since it is very harsh. Some dog conditioners contain aloe and other skin-soothing substances in addition to aloe, which helps replenish lost oils and proteins during washing and rinsing.
#4 – Brushing Their Coat While It Is Still Wet
After a bath, swim, or even a game of fetch in the yard after a rainstorm, you may need to brush and/or comb your dog’s hair to restore the coat’s structure. However, you should always dry them beforehand. Then, allow any remaining wetness to dry naturally before brushing or combing their fur.
Brushing a damp dog’s coat is another of the most common grooming blunders. It can irritate the skin of your dog since it causes hair to clump. This will make knots and matting worse and result in skin irritation when combing or brushing.
If they have large knots and mats, most experts recommend brushing and combing them before a bath, and then again when they are completely dry. Short-haired dogs are the exception, as there is little chance of matting and they can be brushed and combed during or after a bath, even if they are still wet.
#5 – Bathing Excessively
Bathing your dog too frequently is another of the most frequent grooming blunders you should avoid. Over-bathing your dog will harm their coat. It strips the hairs of the natural oils and proteins that coat them. In addition to drying and irritating the skin, it can exacerbate any existing disorders.
A monthly bath is sufficient unless your dog has a specific skin issue or other medical need to be bathed more frequently. Obviously, if your dog gets into mud, dirt, or other messes and need a rapid bath, the situation is different. However, baths scheduled more frequently than once per month are not recommended.
Use towels, drying mitts, a dog-specific dryer, or let the dog’s coat to dry naturally after bath time. Even on their lowest settings, human hair dryers should not be used on dogs, since they can cause overheating and even burn the skin.
What is the best way to care for a senior dog?
It’s a wonderful experience to develop and learn alongside your dog, and this continues until their senior years. As their personality and disposition evolve and alter, so do some of their demands.
You’re likely aware that you must adjust your pet’s nutrition as they age, but you may also need to modify their grooming routine. As their skin and movement can vary with age, you can assist your dog stay in fantastic shape and watch for any potential health problems.
What should I do?
In addition to professional grooming, there are things you may do at home between salon visits:
Age might cause the coat and skin of your dog to thin, so you may need to replace the brushes you use. Generally, softer bristles are preferable, and it is essential to choose the proper brush for their coat. If you need help selecting something that will be comfortable for your pet, please visit one of our stores and chat with a Groom Room salon team member.
You may already give your dog regular washes, but as they age, this becomes increasingly necessary. They may find it more difficult to reach particular places when caring for themselves; therefore, if they are not accustomed to bathing, introduce it gradually. After shampooing your pet’s coat, pat it dry with a towel. Then, if required, use a hairdryer on the lowest heat setting to ensure the air is not too hot for them, while brushing to prevent mats and tangles.
Our specialists at the Groom Room are properly trained to handle older pets. We take the time to offer them the extra care and attention they require, allowing them to have the finest possible grooming experience.
You can visit us for a free consultation on pet grooming, where we will advise you on what is best for your pet. Together, we’ll discuss how your dog’s demands are evolving, and I’ll provide you with numerous suggestions for adapting and enhancing your grooming regimen.
We understand how important your pet is to you, so we will examine their hair, skin, eyes, and ears prior to grooming. This allows us to identify any concerns, and we will let you know if anything needs to be corrected prior to grooming.
Grooming can be enjoyable!
Lots of dogs like getting groomed. Even if yours does not, you may assist them adjust by gradually incorporating new activities into your schedule. If you make grooming a positive and enjoyable experience for your pet, it may be a wonderful opportunity to spend time with them.