With our increasingly busy lives, sometimes a mundane activity such as dog grooming can seem like a chore. You may even assume grooming your furball isn’t a big deal—after all, their coat looks to be in okay shape, so why bother? However, dog grooming at home benefits not only your pup, but you, too!
Before we go any further, let’s explain what grooming actually entails. How often you should groom your dog varies from breed to breed, and it extends beyond a quick swipe with a brush. Grooming takes many different forms, whether it’s clipping your dog’s nails to an optimal length; cleaning their teeth for a healthy smile; wiping their ears and eyes so they can experience the world comfortably; and of course, brushing and bathing their coat to bring out its natural shine.
Learn the benefits of grooming your best friend at home and how to keep them looking and feeling their best in between visits to the grooming salon.
Just as brushing your teeth feels satisfying and helps minimize dental issues in the future, grooming your furry friend has a similar effect.
For instance, regularly cleaning your pup’s eyes with specially formulated pet eye wipes helps wipe away existing tear stains and helps remove debris that could cause duct blockage. Meanwhile, combing your dog to remove small tangles on a regular basis means fewer large mats that could develop over time—saving you and your dog the frustration later.
Grooming is also crucial because it is an opportunity to familiarize yourself with your dog’s body. For instance, combing your furry friend after playing in the yard doubles as a chance to inspect them for fleas and ticks. If you regularly clean your dog’s teeth, the more likely you will realize when something looks (or smells) out of the ordinary. When you are trimming their nails, you may notice a sensitive spot in their paws.
With consistent grooming, you are better educated on any potential problems you may want to bring up to your veterinarian.
Aside from helping your dog look and feel fabulous, grooming also helps keep your home clean! The more you brush and bathe your dog, the more hair you capture in the brush or wash out during shampooing—and the less hair that will shed on your couch and rug.
Not to mention, you would most likely prefer cuddling with a freshly bathed, clean-smelling dog versus a dog who looks like they rolled through the mud a week ago.
Dog grooming at home is your chance to spend one-on-one time with your best friend (don’t worry, the groomer will have plenty of opportunities to bond with your pup!) A dog grooming glove is a great option for quality grooming time because it lifts excess hair while also massaging your dog for a therapeutic—and most importantly, positive—grooming experience.
Additionally, grooming builds your pet’s trust as you ease them through a situation that may be uncomfortable, such as cleaning your dog’s ears.
When you look at each grooming task as a chance to give your furry friend some love and attention, suddenly brushing, clipping, or bathing don’t seem like such daunting responsibilities anymore!
Regular grooming improves your pup’s overall wellbeing while making life easier for you and your best friend in the long run. Now that you know why it’s important to groom your dog, learn about some essential dog grooming supplies you need to start helping your furry friend feel their very best!
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