Home Grooming Tips
Brushing and combing your pet at home is important between visits to the groomer in order to prevent the coat from becoming knotty.
Here are some tips;
Ideally, start them young, this will give them the opportunity to get used to being handled right from the beginning of their life.
It should become something that they grow to enjoy.
They may try to get away at first, pulling and turning in different directions. They may try to nibble at the brush and comb.
Be patient and try to overlook this behaviour and persevere, keeping the grooming session short and fun.
Give them a little treat when they allow you to brush them without objecting. Make it an enjoyable experience for them.
If possible get someone to help you so that they can hold your pet while you brush him\her.
If you are alone it will help to keep a collar and lead on them and tie it to something unmovable and secure. Be sure that its not something that they can drag along and that it wont topple over on them
Alternatively you can use your foot to secure the lead in place, you will now have two free hands to continue the grooming process.
Using the brush or comb, part the coat so that you can see the hair roots and then brush the hair layer by layer a section at a time, rather than brushing over the top of the coat,as you may well be unaware that there are knots forming underneath. By keeping the coat free of knots, these brushing sessions should only take a few minutes two or three times a week.
If you allow knots and matts to form in the coat, your pet will object when you try to tug at large knots, understandably, as it will cause them stress and discomfort.
In severe cases where there are large matted areas there will be no option other than to clip the coat off.
There are many benefits to regularly brushing your pet at home.
- Avoids knots and matts forming.
- It removes loose hair and dander from the coat.
- Will prevent the coat becoming greasy and dull.
- Avoids irritated and itch skin.
- Gives you a chance to check for foreign matter such as grass seeds and parasites.
- Encourages good circulation for a healthy skin and coat.
- Creates and encourages a loving bond between you and your pet.