dog grooming tips

How to Groom a Dog: 4 Things to Remember

by Sam Salvati - 07/30/20

Grooming a dog may seem like a routine task, but there are a few special considerations to keep in mind. Here are 4 dog grooming tips.

Maintain a Consistent Grooming Program

small brown dog grooming

If dogs' are not groomed regularly, they become susceptible to dead skin cells and pollens gathering in their fur.

A consistent dog grooming program can help prevent irritant buildup and hair matting. Even if it's cold and you think your pup needs the extra fur for warmth, you should groom regularly. Include dog baths with the grooming.

Remember Allergies

allergic dog in a field

Grooming can also help eradicate the side effects of seasonal allergies in dogs. Frequent bathing can eliminate the buildup of allergens such as pollen. Baths can also help maintain healthy skin for your pooch.

Use a Moisturizing Shampoo

yellow lab taking a bath

Moisturizing shampoo prevents skin dryness and subsequent irritation. Without a saturating shampoo, much of the importance of grooming is lost.

The effectiveness of some shampoos and grooming techniques depend on your dog's breed. To find our which shampoo is best for your pup's specific needs, ask your veterinarian.

Bear in Mind the Paws

dog paw grooming

Paws often crack and dry due to wear and tear and the climate. In order to prevent any pain for your pooch, use a moisturizing lotion for your pup's paws.

If you notice this is a recurring problem for your dog, consider purchasing dog booties to permanently protect your pup's paws.

Pasadena native Sam Salvati is the adoring dog dad to Pablo, Ester and Farris. He enjoys keeping abreast of and writing about the latest developments in pet care.