Caring for your Dog at Home
All dogs, no matter what breed, should be brushed
regularly. This helps stimulate the coat, producing healthier fur and
skin. And as an added bonus, it will help control shedding, and get
them used to brushing. Consult your groomer or vet for the right grooming
tools to use at home.
(recommended for long-ish fur)
be sure to brush your dogs coat out thoroughly before bathing
your dog gets wet (from rain, swimming, snow, bath) never rub their coat
dry, simply squeeze water out of fur in sections with towel
If you need to wash your dog at home always
wash fur in a downward motion going with flow of the coat (especially
important with long haired breeds - maltese, lasa, terriers, etc)
After bathing use conditioner. Any good
moisturizing detangling people conditioner is fine, leave on 5 minutes and
rinse (downward) thoroughly
Put your pet on a high surface (if feasible) when grooming at home – a table covered with a towel,
picnic table, washing machine, etc… It’s easier on you and your back, you'll have your dog’s attention and respect, and it will take
less time. Plus, you are at a better level to see what you are working on. Try to keep your dog standing during grooming as well.
You can’t reach all the surfaces successfully if the dog is sitting or lying down.
When brushing always do small sections at a
time, long brush strokes don't work efficiently on any coats. After
brushing, test the area with comb to be sure you got all the mats out.
Finally, never bathe your dog without thoroughly brushing
(de-matting in most cases) their fur first! If you do not comb it out,
you could cause more knots and irritate their skin.