Hennas Happy Hounds, Dog Grooming Salon, Thornton, Cleavleys

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73 Victoria Road East

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The Benefits Of Regular Brushing

Benefits of brushing your dog's coatTo some it’s a chore, to others it’s therapeutic, but to your dog it’s an essential part of their life. It may seem to be a basic routine, but you would be surprised how many otherwise caring dog owners just don’t give this task very much attention. The pace of life for many dog owners often doesn’t leave much time or opportunity to spend brushing their dog but frequent brushing will assist the health of their skin and the quality of their coat.

Long haired breeds or double coated breeds (eg. Old English Sheep Dog, GSD, Labrador, etc.) will require more attention than short or smooth coated breeds, but all will benefit from regular brushing. A long haired dog, particularly one which has a thick coat or heavy undercoat, needs to be brushed daily. A short coated or smooth coat dog needs less regular brushing, possibly once or twice a week, to maintain the coat, but your dog will love the experience anyway!

The majority of dog breeds shed naturally, some more than others (you would be surprised how much hair some smooth coats shed daily). As a general rule-of-thumb the longer and/or thicker the coat, the more shedding you can expect. Regular brushing can make both your life and your dog’s life much easier and comfortable, if you keep the dog hair on the grooming brush, there’s less work in cleaning it up around your home and your clothes. Greater benefits include maintaining good skin condition beneath the coat by improving circulation and removing dead skin cells. In warmer weather, your dog will appreciate you removing some of that excess insulation that shed hair trapped in the coat may create.

Regular brushing is a good way to improve the bond between you and your dog. This time spent up close and personal with your dog gives you the opportunity to check for minor health issues which may have gone unnoticed, skin tags, lumps, parasites, minor sores or cuts, mucus secretions, etc. Often these early observations can give your vet an early opportunity of diagnoses and swift treatment.

If your dog is resistant to being brushed, you may be using the wrong type of grooming brush or comb for their coat type, ask your groomer for advice on the best design of brush/comb to use on your dog. You may also consider if there’s a way that you could adopt that makes the whole process more comfortable and more enjoyable for the dog. It’s possible that your dog is resisting because they find the grooming irritating or painful and this can often be because the dog’s coat has been allowed to become matted from infrequent brushing. If that’s the case, then bring them in to Henna’s Happy Hounds where we have the professional skills and equipment to bring your dog’s coat back to a good standard, to allow you to continue with a less traumatic brushing routine that both you and your dog can enjoy.



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