Grooming is an important part of keeping your dog healthy and happy and is required regularly.  Dog groomer, Emma Parker discusses the various grooming tips for your pup with a focus this week on nail clipping.

Its very common for dogs to hate having their nails clipped. Training them to be comfortable to have their nails clipped from a young age is very important. A good tip which can help is to play with your pup’s feet all the time so they get used to people touching their paws.

Nail clipping should be done weekly to monthly, depending on how active your dog is. Regular walking on concrete or hard surfaces will help keep nails shorter than dogs who play on grass or dog who are kept indoors .

A dogs nail is made up of a hard outer shell and a soft cuticle in the middle which is the blood source for the nail, this is known as the quick. Check your dog’s nails weekly to see if they need clipping. If they are left unclipped the quick will grow with the nail, making their nails longer and much more uncomfortable for the dog.

There are two types of nail clippers: scissor type and guillotine type.  Both types are suitable for nail clipping and it comes down to personal preference on what ones to use.

Dog Nail Clipping Tips:

  • dog grooming tips - nail clippingIt is very important to not cut the quick.  Dogs with lighter coloured nails are easier, as you can see the quick. NEVER cut the pink part.
  • With darker nails it is harder to see the quick so it is safest to take a small portion of the nail off at a time. Apply a small amount of pressure slowly and your dog will let you know if it is too short.
  • Always take your time, and stay calm. If you’re not sure then just take a little less off. If you accidentally clip off too much, apply pressure until the bleeding stops. Baby powder can also help stop the bleeding.

Nail clipping can be very difficult and if you are struggling to clip your dog’s nails it is always best to get them done professionally!
PP_About_Logo1About Emma:

Emma Parker is the Head pet stylist and Salon Manager at Pluto pups Grooming Salon in Kotara providing quality dog grooming services with the most love and care.

Website: http://plutopups.com.au/grooming-salon/
Email: grooming@plutopups.com.au
1300799 509
Shop 1020 Westfield Shopping Centre Park Ave, Kotara NSW

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dog grooming tips - brushingGrooming is an important part of keeping your dog healthy and happy and is required regularly.  Dog groomer, Emma Parker discusses the various grooming tips for your pup with a focus this week on brushing.

Grooming should start as a puppy. The earlier and more regular you groom you puppy the easier it will be for both you and the dog. Always make sure grooming is a fun and happy experience, and give plenty of treats and praise after! Sometimes if a dog hasn’t been groomed from a young age they may become very stressed out by the experience making it more upsetting for the dog and difficult for the owner.

No matter the breed of your dog, all dogs require basic grooming care including brushing, nail clipping and ear cleaning. This should be done alongside regular baths that can be done anywhere from once a week to once a month and usually comes down to personal preference, however it is not advisable to wash more your pup more than once a week as it can dry their skin out and cause irritation.

BRUSHING YOUR DOG

Know your dog’s coat type – Brushing requirements vary for different dogs depending on your dog’s coat type.

  • Dogs with longer coats such as Maltese, Poodle and Shih Tzu etc or dogs with wired coats like Schnauzer and Caine Terrier etc will matt which is very uncomfortable and can cause skin problems, so its very important to brush these types of dogs once to twice a day depending on how active your dog is.
  • Double coated dogs like Pomeranian, Samoyed, Malamute etc should be brushed out every second to third day to remove any excess fur. This is especially important in warmer months as the dead coat will remain underneath making it harder for them to regulate their temperature. If your pup’s coat is nicely brushed out they will keep cool.
  • Shorter haired dogs such as Pug, Labrador, Kelpie etc can get away with a good brush out every 2 – 4 weeks, however the amount of shedding is greatly reduced if done more often.

What type of brush should you use?

  • For long haired or wire coated dogs use a slicker brush or pin brush and a comb after.
  • Some double coated dogs like Husky and Malamutes will require a rake, which will remove all the undercoat. Some Spitz’ will only need a slicker brush and comb if done on a regular basis.
  • For short haired dog who are big shedders, a Furminator or a rubber brush is perfect.

How to brush your dog?

  • Brush from the surface and out
  • Don’t forget under the legs and behind the ears! These places are most likely to get matts.
  • Using a detangler spray will help your pup’s coat brush out.
  • Some stubborn matts may need a dematter used on them.

PP_About_Logo1About Emma:

Emma Parker is the Head pet stylist and Salon Manager at Pluto pups Grooming Salon in Kotara providing quality dog grooming services with the most love and care.

Website: http://plutopups.com.au/grooming-salon/
Email: grooming@plutopups.com.au
1300799 509
Shop 1020 Westfield Shopping Centre Park Ave, Kotara NSW

 

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We hope that everyone is enjoying their weekend! We have some fun projects planned this weekend! We’ll be posting about them in the coming days!

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Our Le Daily Bark for today is Harper, 2 year old king Charles cavalier cross poodle. She’s a happy little soul that loves everyone she meets. she loves to fetch, and likes to stare straight into your eyes. She loves playing with her big brother, Henry, and they make the perfect little family.

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Rufio had his trip to the groomer today! We went to Maru Maru dog grooming in Stanmore in Inner West Sydney. It’s a gorgeous little place on quiet corner street, you can’t miss it with the cute red entrance door! Rufio has a ball with all the other doggies! And we love them because they use natural, hypoallergenic, organic shampoos and conditioners. They also do doggie day care! Check them out http://www.marumarupets.com.au/

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