The Top 10 Reasons to Groom Your Dog

1. Skin Health Matters!

     The skin is the dog's largest organ, and it serves an important funtion:  it protects your dog from dirt, bacteria, viruses, and parasites.  The skin must stay healthy, supple, well-moisturized and strong to do it job.  Mats and tangles trap moisture and dirt on the skin, resulting in sores called hot spots.

2.  Bugs are bad!

     Just as mates and tangles can encourage hot spots, they can also be a perfect hiding place for pests. Dirty skin and matted fur make the perfect environment for fleas, ticks, maggots, and mites.

3.  Pedicures keep feet healthy!

     Regular nail clipping is crucial not only to keep paws looking neat, but for orthopedic health.  Nails that are too long splay the toes, causing foot injury and an improper gait.  Untrimmed nails can also tear off, injuring the dog's foot.

4.  Nobody wants an ear infection!

     Dogs with hair in their ears, drop ears, or cropped and exposed ears are all prone to ear infections when bacteria and moisture collect in the ear canal.  Keep ears clean, dry, and trimmed of excess hair that can trap dirt and moisture.

5.  Nobody wants an eye infection either!

     Long hair hanging in a dog's face can irritate the eyes and even scratch the corea.  If you don't keep the hair trimmed around the eyes, eye goop, moisture, and bacteria can get trapped.

6.  Dogs need rear-end maintenance!

     The are under your dog's tail is prime hair tangling territory and common place for mats.  Mats can trap urine and feces causing odor, stains, and is a perfect home for bugs.

7.  Groomers catch early warning signs!

     A good groomer will alert you to signs of skin infection, ear and eye infections, lumps that could signal a tumor, changes in skin or haircoat, or signs that something hurts or seems sensitive.

8.  Your vet will thank you!

     Dogs that regularly go to the groomer are usually more tolerant of going to the vet.  The are accustomed to the hands-on contact that a vet needs to do.  Having your dog groomed gets them used to being handled by people other than their owners and introduces them to new sounds, smells, and other dogs.

9.  Touch euqals dog and human bonding!

     Most dogs enjoy being touched and like interacting with humans.  Brushing and massaging is enjoyable to many dogs and it strengthens the bond between dog and human.

10.  Beauty!

       Good looks may not be the number one reason to groom your dog, but it's certainly one of the most rewarding!  People love to see a beautiful, clean, happy dog with a neatly treimmed coat, short nails, bright eyes, perky ears, and a sweet smell.





Brushing and Combing Your Dog

Before you brush your dog, teach him to lie quietly on his side, either on the floor, a grooming table, or even on a bed.  This is the easiest way to get to all those hard-to-reach places, such as the underarms, chest, and lions.  When your dog rests on his side while you brush, it will become peaceful and relaxing.  It is also a good way to show your dog that you are the leader.




The Right Tools

You will need a metal comb with medium and fine teeth (known as a greyhound comb) and a slicker brush.  You may want to use a conditioning spray, anti-static spray, water with a small amount of conditioner mixed in, or plain water sprayed in a fine mist.  Spritz the dog lightly with one of these before you start.





Brush First

Brushing is most efficiently done in small sections.  With the hand not holding the brush, push a section of hair forward against the grain.  Then, brush small amounts of hair back with the grain, taking a little more with each stroke.  This is known as line-brushing becauseyou always have a line between the hair that has been brushed and the hair that hasn't.





Comb after Brushing

After you've done a section, repeat the whole process with the comb.  Combing is the most important part of brushing.  If the comb glides easily through the hair, there are no mats.





Those Mats!

When you find a mat with the comb, you can break it up with your fingers.  You can also go over it with the slicker brush and then pick at it carefully with the comb.  If you hold the coat with your free hyand between the mat and the dog, you will minimize the discomfort of dematting for your dog.  Dematting sprays can also hlep.  NEVER cut a mat out with scissors! You might cut your dog!  if a mat is too tight or too close to the skin, the safest way to remove it is to shave it out.





Head to Toe to Tail

Make sure to brush and comb the entire dog!  Pay close attention to high-friction areas such as behind the ears, underarms, and loins.  Don't forget the dog's face, feet ears, and tail!  While brushing and combing, check your dog's skin for fleas, ticks, skin conditions, bumps, or wounds.






After you've brushed and combed both sides, stand the dog up, run a comb through the hair to put it in place, and reward your dog for a job well done!





20 Reasons Why Your Dogs Haircut Costs More Than Yours

1.  Your hairdresser doesn't give you a bath.

2.  Your hairdresser doesn't give you a manicure and pedicure.

3.  You don't try to bite or scratch your hair dresser

4.  You don't wiggle, spin or try to jump out of the hairdresser's chair.

5.  Your hairdresser only cuts the hair on top of your head, not your whole body.

6.  You don't try to hump the hairdresser.

7.  Your hairdresser doesn't wipe boogies from your eyes.

8.  Your hairdresser doesn't squeeze your anal glands.

9.  Your hairdresser doesn't brush your teeth.

10.  Your don't poop or pee while you are getting your hair cut.

11.  Your hairdresser does not fleas or ticks.

12.  You don't go 6 weeks (or more) without brushing or washing your hair.

13.  Your hairdresser doesn't pluck and clean your ears.

14.  You don't try to bite the clippers, scissors, brush, nail clippers, or dryer.

15.  It doesn't take 3 people to trim your nails.

16.  Your hairdresser doesn't have to de-matt your hair.

17.  Your hairdresser would never wash your butt.

18.  Your hairdresser doesn't give you a 'sanitary trim'.

19.  Drying your hair doesn't blow hair all around that gets on everything.

20.  You don't howl or bark while having all this done.