Three Stylish Tips For DIY Dog Grooming Success
Take a look at Do It Yourself Tips with one of New Jersey’s Top Dog groomers . Celebrity Dog Groomer Ashley Odom gives DIY grooming tips to keep your dog healthy and looking its best.
Your dogs coat is the best window into their overall health and well being. It’s appearance, texture and thickness all are tell-tale signs of how well they’re eating and sleeping, if they have health problems, allergies, parasites and more. That’s why it pays to take good care of your dogs coat, starting with routine grooming.
While a trip to the groomer is a great place to start, there are some fast and easy things you can do at home between those visits to the professional to help keep your dog looking and smelling their best.
Tip 1: At Home Maintenance
Maintenance in between grooming appointments is the most crucial step to maintaining a healthy and tangle-free coat at home. High maintenance breeds such as the Poodle, Maltese, and Shih Tzu, their coats typically tangle easier than most. Breeds with longer coats require a minimal 15 to 20 minutes of thorough brushing four to five times a week. Metal fine-tooth combs and slicker brushes are two of the most common tools used for maintaining longer coats. A rubber brush is great for the maintenance of short coats. These grooming tools can be found at your local pet store, Amazon, or retail grooming boutiques.
Tip 2: Dental Hygiene
A clean mouth is a healthy mouth. So many pet parents don’t quite understand the importance of dental hygiene for their dogs. Therefore, yes, you can brush your dog’s teeth at home. Oral disease is one of the highest contributors to so many health issues with pups. It’s recommended to brush your dog’s teeth at least 2 to 3 times a week in-between grooming sessions to ensure a healthy dental history. A chicken flavored toothpaste and a double-head toothbrush will do the trick. Pet smart, Petco, or Amazon are the most popular places to find these inexpensive items.
Tip 3: Baths at Home
In between the potty walks outside, the muddy puddles, and any pet parent’s worst nightmare, their pup rolling in another animal’s poop; a bath at home is sometimes necessary. I love to use an oatmeal based shampoo and conditioner. It’ll keep their skin from drying out and your pups coat will look healthy and shiny. Make sure when bathing at home all of the product is rinsed out of the coat, to avoid potential skin issues. Long coats it’s ideal to blow the coat out with a handheld dryer, shorter coats can have a quick dry with a towel. Always remember to comb and brush out your pup after drying if they have longer fur.