Every dog owner has the best interest of their pets in mind and it’s important to understand why you should regularly brush their coat and have them groomed on a regular basis.
If a dog doesn’t get groomed on a regular basis, it can wreak havoc on their hair. Sometimes a picture is worth a 1000 words and below is the coat that came off of a Yorkshire Terrier Poodle mix. The tail, legs and entire coat came off in one piece.
It made me sad to know how much the dog had to suffer. When I showed the owner she was shocked and embarrassed. She was sad that her dog had to suffer and I took time to discuss with her ways to help reduce this in the future. She was very open and appreciative of the tips I provided her. Combing out your dog’s hair at home on a regular basis and bringing them in for regular grooms can hep avoid mats that can cause hot spots, flee/tick infestation, dry itchy skin, and dirt buildup in your dog.
A common myth amongst dog owners is that bathing your dog is enough to avoid mats. This is helpful but you must remember to brush and comb their coat out before and after the bath. When you dry your dog remember to pat dry the coat in the direction the hair grows because if you rub vigorously this will cause mats to form.
The best analogy I can make is to ask yourself if you would go without brushing or washing your hair for 6 weeks or more? Dogs are a part of our family and it’s important that we learn from each other all the ways that we can take better care of them.
If you have any question I’d be more than happy to share with you the proper techniques to maintain a healthy coat in between grooms. Please feel free to share your thoughts and comments with us. We would love to hear from you.
Paw Tyme Dog Grooming & Spa
182 Taylor Drive
Barrie, Ontario, Canada
Web site: www.pawtyme.ca
By Karen de Jong