Dog Grooming For Summer
We have five dogs in all and each one has it’s own grooming needs. The three bigger dogs just need a good brushing, especially during the major moulting season, which happens as the weather starts to warm up in the spring.
On the other hand, our two little Yorkshire terriers need regular brushing during the winter and regular clipping in the summer. Which can be time-consuming, to say the least.
A Little Advice…
Anyone getting a dog as a pet, bear in mind the grooming needs of the dog and also whether or not you are prepared to groom the dog yourself. You don’t want to end up with a dog that needs regular grooming if you don’t have the time to do it or the money to send it to a dog grooming parlour.
A Little More Advice…
Get your dog used to being groomed from a young age (if you can).
One of our little dogs loves being groomed and the other one attacks the trimmer when she can. When we got her as a puppy, it didn’t occur to us to get her used to the trimmer from a young age and now we have to prep her in advance by placing treats on the trimmer and letting her take them (whilst it is off), progressing to her taking the treat whilst they are running….But she will still attack them if the mood takes her.
And A Little More…
I used a clicker and grated cheese to train Alphie to behave whilst being groomed and he is happy being pampered and groomed. Now I just use the cheese as a bribe. Find what works for you and your dog and be consistent.
Keep sessions short to start with (patience is the key!), but do spend a little time daily getting your dog used to being groomed. You can concentrate on doing a paw one day and the tail the next. In time, as the dog gets older or used to being groomed, you’ll be able to do everything (or most of it) in one session…Rascal (the Yorkie that doesn’t like the trimmers) loves being combed, she just hates the trimming blades.
Is a pleasure. He seems to enjoy it (although it is probably the grated cheese I use as a treat that he enjoys more!) and for the most part, does as he is told (until he gets bored that is!).
It was time for the first trim of the summer. Alphie has thick, woolly fur, which I let grow in the winter. But it’s far too thick to leave long in the summer. He would melt…If he were a bar of chocolate, that is!
He isn’t keen on being bathed, which is why he is looking decidedly unhappy in this picture. He knows what is coming once his collar has been removed and I’ve combed him through.
Before I Start…
I get together all the grooming stuff:
- Trimmer and blades.
- Nail clippers.
- Hair dryer.
- Metal comb.
- Scissors – I have shaped scissors designed with a curved blade, to help prevent accidental nicks. One small pair for around the face and paws and a larger pair. I also use thinning scissors (more so in the winter when his fur is longer).
- A de-matting comb – for breaking stubborn knots.
- A grooming spray for easier combing
- Cotton pads.
- Grated cheese – to be used as a bribe.
I wash and dry him. Using the cotton pads to dry just inside his ears.
Then I comb through his fur and cut off most of the length using scissors; I start with the trimmers and trim his body fur. I tend to use the shortest blade as they trim the fur to about half a centimetre.
I then use the scissors to trim his head, face and around his paws… Giving him a tiny bit of grated cheese when I feel he deserves it.
One thing I have never managed to do is to get him to lie on his back while I shave his belly, but he doesn’t mind having his front paws lifted so I can reach under.
As you can see he loses half his body weight in fur when he’s shaved!
The Whole Grooming Process…
Takes well over two hours to get right. Last week I did him over two sessions, as it seemed to be taking forever. So I stopped after I’d trimmed his body and finished his head and paws the following day.
As Soon As…
I put him on the floor, he goes absolutely bonkers. Rolling around and rubbing himself up against the furniture. Which isn’t too bad when his fur is short but is a nightmare when it’s long as he just tangles it all up again and looks like a right tramp.
He certainly feels better for having short fur in the summer. As the weather warms up I do notice that he’s not so energetic, until he’s had his fur cut.
Does your pooch like being pampered or is dog grooming a chore?
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