Grooming 101

Posted by Annette 04/16/2018 0 Comment(s)

Most people place a high value on grooming themselves.  There’s the haircut every 6-8 weeks.  Waxing and shaping of eyebrows, manis, pedis, hair coloring, facials, plucking, shaving and so much more; but what do we do for our dogs?  Visiting the groomer is an important part of providing the best care for your dog.  We sat down with Kayla Romano, owner of Dirty Dogs Grooming in Monument, CO, to get the 4-1-1 on grooming.  Here’s what we found out:


Why it’s important:


Overall hygiene and wellness:  Keeping the coat, ears, eyes and skin clean and free from bacteria provides for better overall health and comfort for the dog.



Nails:  Trimming the dog's nails regularly assists in their walk.  A good rule to remember is that you don’t want to hear the nails clicking on the floor.  

  • Nails will tend to split if not trimmed regularly and that can be painful!
  • Allowing nails to grow too long can lead to extreme discomfort and can eventually lead to arthritis.  


Matting:  Many dogs’ coats are prone to matting or tangles close to the skin.

  • Mats are painful as they pull at the skin.
  • They can decrease blood circulation in the area of the mat.
  • When airflow cannot get through the coat or is restricted by the matting, the skin will hold moisture and bacteria in the area leading to even more issues.


Smelly Dog:  This one speaks for itself.  Cuddling or petting a smelly dog is no fun for anyone.


Home Grooming or Professional Grooming?


When you look at this question, lots of people would like to try home grooming simply due to costs.  As much as we love frugality, we would urge you to consider leaving this to the pros.  Why?  Great question!  We thought you’d never ask!


Risks of home grooming:



Improper tools:  Your average scissors will not be a great tool for grooming your dog.  These are the same scissors with which you open the bacon container, cut twine, wrap presents, open FedX packages and maybe even cut gum out of your child’s hair.  They are not designed for the delicate process of trimming your dog’s fur.


Injury:  These same scissors or trimming tool, whatever you use, pose a greater risk of cutting your dog.  This is not only because they are not designed for this purpose (you could go to your local pet store and find tools for the groom); but because you likely don’t have the experience with the tool, nor do you have an official grooming table lying around:  one that raises and lowers, has a noose to hold the dog in place.  Not to mention the fact that, like children, many dogs are better behaved and less wiggly for the groomer than for mom and dad.  That means less risk of falling for the dog and back injuries for you if you choose your local professional groomer for the task.


Stress:  Look, we know what we’re talking about here.  Ever tried to bathe a Newfoundland at home?  Not funny.  From the remarkably uncooperative dog to the mess and fur-clogged tub, not to mention the strained back in trying to maneuver the dog into position and then washing around the dog when the maneuvering didn’t work, well, let’s just say we wished that when they sold dog shampoo that it included a bottle of wine.  (Side note:  This may be a brilliant marketing scheme!)


Silly Haircut:  Last but not least: the silly haircut.  We’ve all come away with at least one in our lives and now it’s your dog’s turn to be ridiculed at the dog park.  Don’t let that happen!  Leave the grooming to the pros.


So, now that you are looking at professional grooming for your fur-baby, how do you choose a groomer?  What do you look for?  Tell us what you love about your groomer and we’ll come back next time with some more tips to finding the perfect groomer in your area!

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