Many dog owners unfortunately are unaware of the importance of proper grooming. My point is that your pet dog needs to be groomed, and you as its owner need to know what kind of grooming your dog needs, how often the various kinds of grooming need to be performed, and safe and effective grooming techniques.
If you haven't already, you need to do some research about your dog's breed(s). Grooming requirements vary depending on the physical traits of your dog – fur and skin condition, for example, will dictate how and how often your dog's coat should be groomed. This article will present information around the "four pillars" of dog grooming in Durham:
1. Bathing and Brushing
2. Coat Clipping
3. Ear Care
4. Nail Trimming
Bathing and Brushing
While most breeds should be bathed monthly, bathing your pet weekly would probably not be harmful. Check with your vet if you have questions or concerns about this. Be careful not to use "human" soaps and shampoos.
Your friendly neighborhood pet store has dog shampoo, and again your veterinarian may recommend a particular brand for your dog. For more information on bathing your dog, see "Caring for Your Dog in the Bath".
For most owners, brushing their dog's coat is a much more pleasant task than giving their dog a bath – but it's still a chore. Most dogs enjoy having their coat brushed unless you've let it go too long resulting in matting and other conditions that have become painful to correct. Just imagine spreading bubble gum around in your hair, letting it dry, and then trying to brush it out! That wouldn't be too pleasant for you either.