Dog grooming: How to care for your dog’s winter coat
Dog grooming can be a bit of an art form but, luckily, it’s one that’s easy to master with a bit of practice.
Looking after your dog’s coat is important at any time of year, but it’s vital during the autumn and winter months.
As the weather gets wetter and the ground gets muddier, your dog is more likely to collect dirt and debris, meaning his fur will knot – particularly if it’s long.
Grooming throughout the autumn and winter will pay dividends when your pet’s new coat comes through.
Here’s some general pointers to keep you on the right track.
The longer the coat, the more often it will need brushing. Aim for once a day during winter.
If you brush often, then the job will become easier. If your dog is not the type who likes to have his or her coat brushed, you should persevere – they will soon get used to it.
Grooming is a good time to check for any health problems, so keep an eye out for lumps and bumps or any skin irritation.
You can also watch out for ticks – and take action if your dog has any.
Make room to groom
It can be a messy job, particularly if you pet is malting, so designate an area of your home to do the grooming in. A doggy salon, if you like.
Utility rooms or garages are a good idea – places that are easy to clean and don’t have too many soft surfaces.
Build grooming into your routine – do it after your morning walk, for example.
Pick the right brush for your dog. For short coats, choose a rubber brush and a bristle brush. For longer coats, use a slicker brush and start very gently to remove knots before moving on to using a bristle brush.
Don’t forget to brush the tail and paws. If your dog has a short, sleek coat then you can make him or shine with a chamois cloth.
How often you bath will depend on what they’ve been up to. Try not to bath too often – every one to three weeks should suffice. Make sure you use a dog shampoo as they have very different skin to humans.