Grooming your dog isn’t a luxury activity that you splurge on once a year. Grooming delivers more than just temporary cosmetic improvements—it’s absolutely necessary for the sake of your dog’s health! Regular grooming removes and prevents painful hair mats and it maintains your pup’s great coat condition.
Many dog owners forego regular grooming because they have the misconception that only long-haired breeds need it—it’s simply not true! Brushing your dog’s coat will stimulate the skin and blood flow, distribute the natural oils of the dog’s coat to condition the hairs, and reduce shedding. So yes, there are heaps of benefits.
Want to know why you should be the one to give your dog some grooming love? Keep reading!
1. Save some money
Dogs don’t have as short lifespans as they used to. Our canine companions live much longer these days, so the amount of grooming they need will naturally increase as well! We’ve already covered the multitude of health benefits, so you know that consistent grooming is key. But more frequent grooming appointments means the impact on your wallet will be greater, too. Grooming can be expensive, but there is a way to make sure your canine companion maintains superior health without breaking the bank…groom them yourself!
The initial start-up cost might be a bit pricey depending on the types of tools you need and the amount of dogs you own. But you’ll make back the worth quickly throughout the lifetime of your dog(s).
2. Bonding experience
Besides the money-factor, grooming also can take up a lot of your time. Try not to think about grooming as a chore, see it as a bonding experience! Grooming doesn’t have to be stressful. It can be relaxing for both your dog and yourself! Especially since your dog is familiar with you and your home, it can be a comforting experience.
Your dog probably has been there for you through all the tough times. They offer unconditional love and strive to make you happy whenever they can. So why not do the same for them? If you enjoy the feeling of donning freshly washed clothes and getting a sharp haircut, that feeling can also be experienced by a dog after a long-awaited groom.
3. Keep maintenance costs down
Grooming isn’t just a one-and-done ordeal. If you’ve committed your long-haired dog to getting a full grooming appointment every 6 weeks, that’s still plenty of time for mats to form. After learning how extensive full-blown grooming jobs can be, some people still may not bring their dogs in for an appointment as often as deemed necessary. They can, however, learn how to do regular “mini-grooms” that will extend the time between regular appointments and keep their dog happy and healthy. Basic grooming still needs a little study, though. You’ll need to study up on your dog’s breed conditions, invest in the right tools, and practice! A bit of maintenance here and there can go a long way.
4. You’ll have a new skillset!
Some people like knitting while others enjoy going to the gym. You, however, have a transferable skill that in our eyes trumps those hobbies! Once you learn how to properly groom your dog according to breed standards, you’ll be able to easily apply the same techniques to other dogs of the same breed, or dogs with similar coat types.
If you just started taking a dog grooming course online for your own needs, but then discovered how much you enjoy it…well, you’re not alone! Hobbies, with a little hard work and dedication, can become rewarding careers. Try grooming another breed and see if it’s right for you. You may have enjoyed it just with your own pet because they are accustomed to you, so you may want to try your hand with other dogs before taking the plunge!
5. Check your dog for abnormalities
If your dog has been in pain or has an infection, it’s better to take them to the vet sooner rather than later. If you had the option of catching an ailment or condition in your beloved companion early, why wouldn’t you? When you do regular mini-grooms, you’ll have a greater chance of catching changes in your pet’s physical appearance and health incredibly early. You’ll also be able to do preventative grooming so they don’t progress to the point of being in ill-health.
For example, clipping your dog’s nails can help with proper balance, posture, and distributing weight correctly throughout the paw. Long nails force them to shift their weight and contributes to joint pain! You’ll also positively impact their dental hygiene, find fleas and ticks early, spot potential bacterial ear infections, and remove painful hair mats.
So, why wouldn’t you want to learn a bit about dog grooming?