Looking your best is an important part of feeling good this holiday season – even for dogs! Keep your pooch posh and pretty with these dog grooming tips.
- Baths can do wonders for a dog’s appearance. Pets should be washed a few days before holiday guests visit for their coats to be in tip-top shape.
- Brushing a dog before a bath will remove tangles and mats. Water actually tightens mats, but conditioner or grooming spray may be used to help loosen knots on a dry dog.
- Lukewarm water – not hot – is best.
- Shampoo applied directly to the coat may be difficult to spread. It should be poured into the palm of your hand and then applied to the dog.
- Working on one area at a time before moving to the next can make for a more efficient, complete bath. When trying to get everywhere at once, it can be easy to miss a spot.
- Conditioner can be used to hold moisture into the fur, helping to prevent dry winter skin.
But bathing isn’t the only important part of grooming; consider additional trips to keep dogs smelling and looking great. Grooming appointments should be scheduled well in advance – and remember, the holidays are the busiest times for groomers, but a holiday appointment may be quicker if a dog receives regular grooming throughout the year.
Also keep in mind that brushing a dog’s coat daily smoothes out fur and reduces shedding, which can be particularly nice during the holiday season, with less dog hair collecting on furniture and stylish holiday clothes.