Now that warmer weather has arrived, it’s time to start thinking about spring grooming! Think of it as spring cleaning for your dog’s fur! A dog’s coat is designed to help him stay warm in the cold winter months. When spring begins, dogs will lose some of that hair, getting them ready for the dawn of a new season. This process is known as moulting, and depending on your dog, it can be a little overwhelming! Think fur everywhere! However, with some spring grooming, you and your dog can survive the season.
Spring Grooming Tips for Dogs
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Cleanliness comes first
The first thing you need to do at the start of the spring season is to bathe your dog. Giving them a good bath will help them to get rid of debris and dry skin that may have accumulated over the winter months. Make sure you’re using a gentle shampoo designed for dogs. Most human shampoos are just too harsh. Yep, even that super expensive salon shampoo! I recommend a good oatmeal shampoo, as it’s gentle enough for almost all dog skin types.
When you are bathing your dog, there are some things you need to look for. Check their ears to ensure they are clean and that they don’t have ear mites. Also, look at their paws for signs of cracks and if spotted, use dog paw ointment. If your dog has skin that is pretty dry, follow up the oatmeal shampoo with a mild dog conditioner.
Brush brush and brush again
After bathing your dog, you want to follow up with a good brushing. The type of brush you use will depend on the kind of fur your dog has. Boar bristle brushes are ideal for all types of fur, slicker brushes are perfect for long haired dogs that have mats and tangles, wire pin brushes are used for dogs with long or thick coats and rubber curry brushes are designed for dogs with short hair. I’m also a huge fan of Furminator-type brushes. You do have to be extra gentle with these, though. Check out this great video on how to brush your dog:
Trim their nails
This is a good time to check those nails and see if they need a trim. A lot of people are really nervous about cutting their dogs’ nails. It can be a bit nerve-wracking if you have a squirmy dog. If you’re really worried about doing it yourself, ask your vet to give them a clip at their regular visits (or even during sick visits). You could also go to a groomer, but the whole point of these spring grooming tips is to give you the tools you need to do it at home. Since I couldn’t even begin to properly explain how to cut your dog’s nails, I recommend checking out this video:
Spring Clean their Bedding
While you’re following all these spring grooming tips to get your dog’s coat in top shape, give all their other supplies a good spring cleaning too! Soak their collars and leashes in hot water with a mild soap. Pop their bed into the washer (or, if you have to, cart it down to the laundry mat so you can use the larger machines) if it’s machine washable. If it’s not, give it a good vacuuming.
These spring grooming tips for dogs aren’t going to stop your pooch from shedding, but they’ll help control the blow out a bit! Hey, if nothing else, at least all that fur that flies around the house will smell pretty!