Shedding is a common issue owners come across with their furry friends. Even shorter-haired dog breeds leave loose hairs behind around the house. It is impossible to prevent shedding entirely, but there are ways to tame it. Typically a dog’s coat will shed the most during the spring season to adapt to the climate change, although shedding happens year round. Brushing is the priority if you want to relieve your dog’s coat of unruly hairs that may infest your house. Try to brush your pup once a week, if not every day. Running a dog brush or dog comb through your pooch’s coat will help maintain it to be softer, cleaner, and shinier. In return, brushing will also help whisk away detached hairs. You always want to be using the right tools, so researching dog brushes and combs will be helpful for this process. When brushing, try and also run the brush in the reverse direction. Doing this will assist in any dead hairs you may have missed during the first run through. Finish with one last brush through the fur and a quick run of the dog comb. If your dog has shorter hair the process won’t be as rigorous, but it should still be tended to with a good dog brush and comb. There are also grooming gloves that provide small rubber teeth on the bottom to free loose hairs off squirmy dogs. If you own an extra furry friend it may be beneficial to invest in a shedding blade, which is simply a band of metal with a jagged edge attached to a handle for thick dog coats. Dog shedding blades should be used outside or in a garage because the amount of fur released could get messy. Dogs sporting long hair may even be due for a haircut – keeping canine coats trimmed helps with less mess. Bathing your dog occasionally will aid in preserving a healthy coat and keep pesky straggle hairs under control. No mess has to get too hairy!
Most dogs panic when they hear the word bath and this makes the task of bathing quite uncomfortable. Taking your dog to the groomer to be bathed can be costly, but many people are willing to pay the high grooming fees to avoid getting drenched every time they try to bathe their dogs. Giving your dog a bath doesn’t have to be such a nerve-wracking experience. If you just make your dog feel safe and secure, you will find that you will have a much easier time.
Before you begin, gather all your supplies and take them into your bathroom. You will need shampoo, conditioner (optional), dog brush, towels, cotton balls, and treats. Place a rubber bath mat in the bottom of your bath tub to help your pet feel secure. Brush your dog’s coat our before bathing to remove tangles, mats, and loose hair. You can use a removable hair strainer to prevent your drain from clogging. If you own a detachable showerhead, you may want to use that instead as most dogs are afraid of water running from faucets. This is also easier and helps save water. Put moist cotton balls in your dog’s ears to prevent water from running in. You can get eye drops that keep soap out of your dog’s eyes.
Try leaving the water running ahead of time to get your dog used to the sound before you actually put him in the tub and fill with about 6 inches of water. Wet your pet thoroughly and lather with shampoo from head to tail. Use a shampoo made especially for dogs. Never use human shampoo; it is too harsh for dog’s sensitive skin. Be sure to stay away from their eyes. If you massage and rub your dog while lathering him up, it will relax him and make bath time more enjoyable.
Rinse your dog thoroughly. Make sure to remove all traces of shampoo and get all of the hard to rinse places like his belly, behind his ears, and under his tail. Leftover shampoo residue causes itching and scratching. Rinse with one hand and rub your pet with the other, draining the bath tub while you rinse. If you are using conditioner, apply and leave on your dog for about two minutes, then rinse thoroughly.
While still in the tub, dry your dog with towels in smooth strokes to remove all of the water trapped under fur. Do not rub- this will only tangle the hair. You can use a hair dryer on a low setting to dry hair more quickly. Watch your dog when he is done; most dogs want to run and rub to get themselves dry after a bath and he could get dirty all over again. When your dog is completely dry, brush his coat out again.
Treats and praise a big key to success when dealing with dogs. Make sure to praise your dog throughout the whole process and give your dog treats when you are through. This will present baths as a positive experience. Never yell at your dog or be rough with him while bathing. This will only scare him and make him more resistant to the process.