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Grooming Dogs

Grooming is a great way to bond and build your relationship, as well as giving you the perfect opportunity to give your best friend a good once over!

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Professional grooming is also a great way to look after your pet’s coat, especially for dogs with more difficult coat types, such as those with very long hair, or wool coats. If you’re looking for professional groomers we recommend The Groom Room at Pets At Home.

Why does my dog need grooming?

Grooming has a range of benefits for your dog, which include: 

  • Stimulates the skin. Grooming not only neatens the coat, it can also make it glossier as brushing can stimulate natural oil production.  
  • The chance for a good check over. While a groom isn’t a clinical examination, it does give whoever is grooming an opportunity to spot any red areas, fur loss or new lumps and bumps which may otherwise have been hidden from view. 
  • Bonding. If you are grooming at home it can be a great bonding experience for you and your dog, especially if you get them used to grooming from a young age.

Can I do it at home?

You can definitely groom your dog at home if you feel confident to do so. You can also do a mix, with a professional groom every so often and home coat care in between. 

If you want to groom at home, it’s important to think about what type of equipment you will need. Wire coats need to be stripped, some dogs need clipping and others just need a good brush. The type or types of brush will also depend on coat type. Having a chat with your groomer about what you will need for coat care for your dog can be a great way to get started on the right foot, and they can help you develop a grooming plan based on your individual dog, as well as advising on what you will need to get started and tips and tricks. 

Getting started as early as possible is best if you want to start grooming and bathing at home. Get your puppy used to being groomed by starting with light brushing, and rewarding good behaviour with praise and treats. This will help them have a positive association with grooming. Slowly build up the time, pressure and areas you groom, and if your dog seems unsure, take it back a step. Like all training, slow and steady is key.

How do I get my dog used to the groomers?

The groomers can be a fantastic experience, but can also be overwhelming for a young puppy on their first visit. Making sure this first trip is a positive experience will set your puppy up to enjoy being groomed, and have them pulling you in to the groomers rather than out of it! 

Check with your groomers to see if they do any form of ‘new puppy’ groom. These are experiences especially designed for young dogs on their first trip, and are designed to gently introduce your dog to the process of grooming in a positive way. Your puppy won’t be able to go into the groomers until they have had their primary vaccinations though! 

Most puppy grooms are available for puppies between 3 and 6 months old, but for older dogs a good groomer should happily set up a program for you and your dog to help them get used to the idea if they haven’t been groomed before.