Keep your doggy clean, keep your doggy healthy. A good grooming appointment can be like an MOT health check for your fluffy friend, it can also get rid of all those unwanted smells for the next week or so.
There are many benefits to grooming your dog. As well as aerating the coat and ensuring healthy growth, brushing promotes good blood circulation. Grooming helps to keep grease levels down – a build-up of grease in a dog’s coat can block pores and cause sebaceous cysts.
Most dogs live indoors and so moult quicker and more often than their wild counterparts, causing the loose hairs to become matted. If not brushed out regularly, they form into heavy wads which can drag the skin down, causing soreness and skin complaints.
Grooming is also the perfect opportunity for you to check your dog over to ensure he’s healthy. Giving him a once-over also enables you to check for any balls of matted fur between his paw pads, which can sometimes become hard with dirt and grease, causing discomfort.
On an emotional level, grooming reduces stress in both parties, helping dog and owner to relax and build up a close bond. When you groom your dog regularly – start when he’s a pup to get him used to the procedure – you’ll get to know him better, both physically and mentally.