Regular shampooing doesn’t just help keep your dog looking and smelling great. Bathing is important for maintaining a healthy coat too. But remember, your dog’s fur contains a natural balance of protective oils, so don’t overdo it. And always use a good quality shampoo. You can choose tea-tree shampoo to help soothe minor skin complaints, or vitamin-enriched conditioning shampoo for a sleek coat. Or even an organic oatmeal scrub for itchy skin. If you’re not sure which is best for your dog, check with your vet.
Most people associate behavioural training with young dogs. But how many of us can truly say our pooch demonstrates good behaviour all the time? It might just be pulling on their lead, jumping up on people, or an inability to sit and stay. But if you’ve tried and failed to correct their behaviour, just an hour or two with a professional dog trainer could make a real difference.
Of course, you know your own dog best, but a professional will have a wealth of experience to call upon, plus a range of dog-friendly training techniques. They really can teach an old dog new tricks.
Chews and dental sticks are a great way to maintain your dog’s oral health. But some breeds need a little extra help to keep their gnashers sparkling white. Many dog groomers now offer tooth brushing as part of the service, with tartar removal an optional extra. If tartar build-up has led to the onset of gum disease or tooth decay, then it’s probably a job for your vet. Don’t forget, a healthy and well-balanced diet is usually the best way to ensure strong healthy teeth.
Every breed of dog has different requirements when it comes to care of their coat. But one thing they all benefit from is regular brushing. Brushing helps prevent a build-up of grease in your dog’s fur, which can cause blocked pores and other skin conditions. Plus it’s an ideal opportunity to check your dog for any unusual lumps or bumps on their skin. There are all kinds of grooming tools available, from rakes and combs to brushes and fur strippers. If you’re not sure which is best for your dog, seek advice from a professional dog groomer.