When you bring home a new puppy or just want to give your old dog a thorough cleaning and brushing, you might be tempted to try doing it yourself with dog grooming services. Although this can vary depending on your dog’s particular requirements, you should aim to appointment dog grooming services at least once a week, says Tracey Ditto, owner and creator of DIY Puppy Grooming Classes in Waco, Texas. This will ensure that your dog remains healthy and happy, and that you save money. Here are some helpful tips on how to make dog grooming services more effective for both you and your dog:
Regular nail trimming and check ups are essential parts of dog grooming services. “Nail trims are important because problems with clipping the nails can lead to bleeding and an painful anal gland expression,” Ditto notes. If you plan to have your dogs groomed by a professional, such as at a dog day spa in your area, it’s a good idea to get the same procedure done twice, once during the check-up and again right before the groom. This will help prevent the anal gland expression and other problems from occurring.
“In general, most dogs need baths once a month, but if they’re older or sick, you might need to take them out more often,” says Ditto. It’s best to set up an appointment with your local groomer or dog groomer to discuss which kind of bath your dog needs and when you should schedule the appointment. Some breeds require more frequent baths, while others are more sensitive. For example, African dogs sometimes have an upset stomach after they have been bathed. Use gentle techniques to massage your dog, and only scrub the body and face of your pet, to prevent damage to delicate skin.
One thing you may need to plan for is a “shampoo,” which is a fancy name for a trim. A professional groomer can give you advice on which products and methods to use for a properly washed hair. A normal haircut, which many people schedule just before they go to the groomer, may take longer than an outdoor haircut because of environmental factors. The length of time spent bathing your pet depends on a number of factors including how long your dog is overdue for a bath, how clean he or she may be and whether or not there are any underlying health issues that you need to be aware of. Ask your local groomer for advice on the best way to bathe your dog and whether he or she may need any other pet grooming services beyond a shampoo.
Depending on where you live, having a pet door installed may allow you to take your pooch out of the house when you need to do something like get dressed or brush your teeth without worrying about where your dog is while you’re not at home. However, some pet grooming services don’t offer door access. If this is the case with your groomers, ask what options you have for bringing your pet in without having to walk him or her in the door yourself. Some pet groomers have doggie doorways built into their equipment.
Dog grooming services can range from a quick trim to a full coat of dog fur. It may even include nail trimming, ear cleaning and a deep massage. Pricing will vary according to the amount of work involved in doing each service, the location where your pet resides and the type of service that you choose. Most LA carte services charge a reasonable price for a comfortable, cozy experience where you can relax and enjoy the company of your best friend. All it takes is a little research and patience to find the perfect LA salon for you and your pup.