The Ultimate Dog Grooming Guide

Grooming your dog is a vital part of their routine. From bathing to brushing, grooming will not only ensure your pooch looks, feels and smells fantastic, but will even help their wellbeing. After all, a well-groomed dog is a happy dog!This is why here at Groomers, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about how to wash, dry and brush your dog. However, when it comes to dog grooming, there is no one size fits all tactic – how best to care for your dog depends completely on your specific dog, their breed and their coat.

Silky coated dogs include breeds such as the Afghan Hound, Lhasa Apso, Shih Tzu, Tibetan Terrier and Yorkshire Terrier. When properly groomed, a silky coat can truly shine. So, how would you groom a dog with a silky coat.Particularly if your dog’s coat is on the longer side, it is easy for a silky coat to become tangled. Therefore it is important to keep on top of your brushing routine to ensure your pooches coat looks shiny, soft, smooth and healthy at all times.

For longer silky coats, opt for a soft slicker brush such as the Andis Soft Slicker Brush. This will gently remove any tangles, dirt and debris from the coat while picking up moulted hair from double-coated breeds. For shorter silky coats, a bristle brush such as the Groomers Bristle Brush is ideal. This brush will also help remove moulted hair while spreading your dog’s natural moisturising oils, leaving a beautifully shiny finish

Regular bathing is also important to keep a silky coat look healthy, shiny and tangle free. Ideally, your dog should be bathed weekly, although every two weeks can suffice. Look for a de-greasing shampoo, conditioning shampoo or shine enhancing shampoo, such as the Groomers Performance Shine-On Shampoo With Coconut, for the best results.A very important command that any dog should know is ‘stay’. Not only can this command stop him from doing something dangerous like running into the street, it can calm him down in a strange place. Firstly, tell him to ‘sit’. Hold him in the sitting position, repeating the word ‘stay’. Praise him with a treat, all the time ensuring that he stays seated.

Use your time walking the dog as a time of bonding and positive reinforcement. Try bringing your treats along and playing games with them during the walk. Ask him to sit in the middle of your walk and reward him with a snack. Reinforce the love you have for your dog and they will respond in kind.

To strengthen your training efforts, you can use a designated verbal command to help your animal understand what your expectations are and when they have been fulfilled. Even a simple monosyllabic spoken ‘yes’ can help the dog to connect the desired behavior with the imminent reward.Never cave in to bad behavior. Your dog will always love you, but it needs to know that you’re the boss. Don’t encourage bad behavior and let your dog know that any such behavior will be met with punishment. At the same time, make sure you reward good behavior as well.