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Routine brushing and combing removes dead hair and dirt and prevents matting and as it stimulates the blood supply to the skin, and gives a healthier and shinier coat. It also helps to create a trusting bond between you and your dog and can help the dog to be well mannered and easy to handle. Particular attention should be paid to handling the feet and face as it is these areas that they can dislike the most.
When to Start
Start regular grooming when you first bring your dog home and make it a part of his routine. Purchase a good-quality brush and comb and get your dog used to being handled. Once the dog is four months old or has had all of its vaccinations, it can come for its first groom. This can be for a wash or just a short visit with you staying to get used to the noises and smells, building up to a full groom. These good early experiences can stay with your dog for life.
There are many skin and parasite problems that can be identified during grooming, including fleas, ticks and mites and infections which might go un-noticed, especially in long haired or matted dogs. Some of these can be treated by myself but some may need veterinary attention.
Ears require cleaning, especially in dogs with oily skin or allergies. Some bacteria like the warm moist environments of the ear canal which can lead to infections if they are not cleaned properly. During grooming, excess hair is removed from in-front of the ear and inside the ear canal which can also reduce the risk of infection.
Waggy Tails Dog and Puppy Grooming at Golden, Cashel, County Tipperary. Professional Dog Groomer - Clipping, Scissoring, Hand Stripping, Brushing, Trimming