TOP FIVE GROOMING TIPS FROM A PROFESSIONAL DOG GROOMER!

TOP FIVE GROOMING TIPS FROM A PROFESSIONAL DOG GROOMER!

TOP FIVE GROOMING TIPS FROM A PROFESSIONAL DOG GROOMER!

Do you want grooming to become a painless and peaceful experience for both you and your pup? We spoke to professional Dog Groomer Eloise from Eloise's Dog Grooming, she gave us her top 5 tips for caring for your pooch's coat.

1. Brush brush brush! The best way to keep your dogs coat healthy and matt free is to brush them regularly. A slicker brush is particularly good for removing tangles on most breeds. You apply light pressure when using the slicker brush, ensuring you are parting the fur and brushing from the roots to the tip. After this you can go over their coat with a comb to check all the tangles were removed.

2. A good scrub in the bath! With high quality dog friendly shampoo of course. A dogs pH balance is different to ours and so it’s important NOT to use human shampoo as it’s too acidic for their skin. If your dog has sensitive skin you can use a hypoallergenic dog shampoo. When bathing your dog it’s very important to avoid getting water in their ears and down their nose. Afterwards you can towel dry your dog or use the hairdryer on a moderate heat setting.
3. Rinse those muddy paws! After walks it’s important to rinse yours dogs legs, belly and feet off, ideally with warm water. Don’t forget to also rub gently in between their paw pads to ensure the dirt in there is washed away, otherwise it hardens into clumps and can cause discomfort. A bit like if we had something stuck in our shoe!

4. Start them young! It’s very important to get your dog used to grooming early in their life so it’s not something for them to fear and dread later. It’s recommended your pup has his/her first puppy groom with a professional groomer at around the age of 10-12 weeks, after their second set of vaccinations.

5. Provide a positive environment for your dog whilst being groomed. Free from distractions, loud noises or anything frightening. You want your dog relaxed and calm before you begin grooming. Treats or a licki matt are always really helpful in teaching your dog to associate grooming with something pleasurable.

Fab tips here from Eloise!

Eloise is based in Salisbury, Wiltshire. If you are a local dog owner, check out her website for information and bookings https://www.eloisesdoggrooming.com/