A major part of dog grooming and the most time consuming is that of the animals’ coat. The type of coat will determine how often and what to do in order to adequately take care of your animal. Your dog may fall into one of the following categories: smooth, wire, curly, long and double or hairless coat. This article will give brief grooming tips for the respective coats. If you happen to need dog grooming insurance please click here.
With the exception of the hairless breeds, there are a set of standard tools that are recommended for a coat grooming kit; they include a medium to a soft brush, wide and fine-tooth combs, scissors, preferred shampoos or sprays.
Wire coats require more attention in removing tangles and generally thinning the hair. Both a wide and fine-tooth comb will assist in handling this coat. Make sure to not tug too hard on potentially matted hair, as the intention is not to tear the hair from the skin but rather untangle. Make sure to comb when wet to remove additional kinks that may have formed.
Hairless coat animals may only have some hair on the head and tail but they still require bathing and special attention paid to the skin. A soft sponge will be the best tool for these animals when bathing and make sure to towel dry.
Curly coats tend to be thick and wavy; have a slicker brush on hand to groom after bathing. Make sure to brush along the growth pattern as this will make it easier and pain-free for the animal. Brushing to fluff the coat is a preference for some owners, especially for show animals.
Long and double coats pose as being the most time consuming of all the categories; this is so as both coats may carry varying lengths thus making it easier to get tangled and matted. These coats can be mixed with a coarse and a silky coat. The first step is to remove any obvious tangles before a full comb through. Use your fingers to run through the coat just to make sure you catch big matted areas. Be sure to use fingers to separate as much of the hairs before applying a comb or brush. Brush along the growth pattern to remove any excess hair and then proceed to bathe, and repeat the comb and brush process.
Smooth coats do not require frequent grooming sessions. Emphasis should be placed more on maintaining the quality of the coat instead of hasty bathing and brushing. A palm brush can be a useful tool for smooth coats to easily remove dead hair and other unwanted particles as well as to produce a shining coat. Smooth coats do not require too much shampoo for a bathing session, so make sure to read the instructions for usage.