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4 Grooming Tips to Help Beat the Heat this Summer

With the warmer weather here, now is the perfect time to get out and about with your dog! As you go on your daily walks, runs, and excursions with your pup, remember that these warmer summer months will require additional maintenance to keep your pet happy and healthy. Depending on the breed of your companion, maintaining their fur can be a painstaking task. With summer around the corner, let’s review what it takes to keep our little companions’ coats under control.

Get Familiar with Your Dogs Breed

There are hundreds of different breeds of dogs, that all have their own set of grooming needs. Some require little to no maintenance like a Beagle, Boxer, or other short-haired dogs. Most medium to long-haired breeds require a bit more attention and will require maintenance every couple of days. Longer-haired dogs, such as Golden Doodles, Collies, and Terriers will require the most maintenance, especially during these warmer months.

It’s wise to research your pet’s specific breed to learn what it takes to keep their fur in good condition. Use what you learn to get an idea of how well they train for a grooming routine, behave with professional groomers, best tools for at-home care, etc.

Another insight from breed research is learning how they interact with other animals and people of different ages. If your pet’s breed tends to show aggression to other animals, they’ll require training before visiting the groomer or doggy daycare as there will be other dogs around. Aggressive behavior examples are excessive barking, growling, and attempting to bite or attack another being.

Taking the time to learn a bit about the specificity of your dog’s breed will help you prepare for the first grooming appointment. If you happen to have a mixed breed, try to do research about each type of breed that makes up your dog and use your best judgment when making your grooming decisions.

PC: Scissor work by Lakewood Ranch Groomer Jean Boggs

Establish a Grooming Routine

Training your pet to feel comfortable when it’s time for grooming can be challenging but is key to keeping their coat healthy. Most professional groomers require your pet to behave properly during the appointment in order to protect themselves and the animal.

A best practice for getting any pet into a grooming routine is by rewarding their good behavior with treats after the session. If the pet shows any signs of aggression or discomfort, pause for a couple of hours so they don’t have negative feelings about the experience.

Once you have them comfortable enough for regular grooming, they will look forward to seeing you with a brush in your hand! Brushing is a great way to bond with your pet and eliminate dead fur before it reaches the furniture. Depending on the length of their coat, brushing may be required as often as daily to prevent matting. Mats are dense formings of fur which can be painful and leave your pet vulnerable to other health issues. A rule of thumb is if your pet is long-haired, more brushing is required and if they’re short-haired, the coat doesn’t need as much attention.

Another area to keep a close eye on is the paws. This can also be challenging as most household animals aren’t comfortable with their paws being touched but with time they will grow more used to it with treats and gentle care. Keeping your dog’s nails trimmed will keep them feeling comfortable when moving and save you some undesired scratches.

However, inexperienced nail trimming can result in bleeding and a trip to the vet. When trimming your dog’s nails, be sure to not trim past the curve of the nail. Trimming your dog’s nails is often the hardest task to do on your own so make sure to be patient both with your dog and yourself the first few times.

The easiest task of at-home grooming is providing your dog with flea and tick preventative medicine. Ask your vet for their recommendation on which brand should be used for your pet, but you can purchase well-known brands such as Advantage at your local pet store. The vet should also give instructions on how often these treatments should be applied to provide consistent prevention.

PC: Scissor work by Lakewood Ranch Groomer Jean Boggs

Getting the Right Tools

If you’ve found yourself unsure what trimmers or clippers are right for your pet, you’re not alone. It can be overwhelming trying to find the right tools to properly groom your pet at home and not cause them any harm.

For those who are serious about taking their at-home grooming to the next level, a grooming table is a must-have. These specially designed tables have a variety of features to make the process easier and most commonly have a grooming loop, which holds your pet in place and makes the interaction safer for both of you.

Clippers are another valuable addition to your at-home grooming supply. Attempting to remove mats with scissors can be traumatizing to the animal and create some nasty wounds; This is where clippers come in handy. A quality clipper features multiple speeds, guiding combs, and blades to accommodate more difficult areas of your pet’s coat.

After you’ve got the fur under control, it’s time for a bath! Washing your pet in the family bathtub is not recommended as it can damage the tub and is not designed for an excited or scared animal. A more common alternative is washing outdoors, usually with a hose, but this can be counterproductive as their wet fur will pick up mud and grass. The optimal way to bathe your pet at home is with a grooming tub. These tubs are often made of metal and have a hose, grooming loop, etc., which makes the bathing process much easier.

Acquiring all the necessary equipment for at-home grooming has great benefits but the price tags can leave your wallet in a tough spot if not prepared. For pet owners who want to keep their dog’s coat in top shape in between grooming appointments, investigating alternative payment methods may be worth your time. If you can, try to find all the gear you need from one retailer as most companies today offer payment plans and layaway options. If a retailer repayment plan does not work for you, you can use the funds from a personal loan to help ease the initial cost of your purchases. Whatever repayment route you decide to take, you will find peace of mind with a set-in-stone plan to pay off your new equipment, instead of draining your wallet all at once.

PC: Scissor work by Lakewood Ranch Groomer Jean Boggs

Schedule Professional Grooming Appointments

Grooming at home can be a headache, especially if you struggle to gain your companions’ cooperation or lack the necessary equipment. Bayside Pet Resort specializes in dog grooming and knows what it takes to make your pup feel at home.

Let’s face it, days fly by into weeks and your pet needs the attention it deserves without feeling like a chore. While you’re at work, comfort yourself by checking in on your pet through our live cameras that cover multiple play areas throughout our facilities. You might catch them making a new best friend!

Our top-of-the-line service guarantees your satisfaction by keeping your pet our number one priority. We document how we took care of your pet each appointment to prevent any confusion if they have to be booked with a different groomer.

 

To save yourself time & hassle, schedule your next grooming appointment with our Professional Groomers!

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