Dog grooming and coat care for improved health and hygiene

    dog grooming and care

Summertime brings sun, fun and, yes, grooming challenges for our dogs. From heat to burrs to shedding and the occasional romp in the mud, summertime can create many coat-care trials. Luckily, a few simple tips and the right tools can turn bath time into a breeze and keep your dog safe, cool and looking good! 



A shedding breed? Brush daily. Summer is synonymous with shedding for many breeds, but daily brushing can help keep your home fur free. It also helps keep your dog’s coat light and airy on hot summer days, which can help prevent overheating.


Never reach for scissors. Burrs, tangles and mats are common after outdoor play and can be gently worked out with brushes, combs or clippers to avoid the risk of cutting your dog's skin with scissors.


No more tears? No more baby shampoo. While ideal for babies, baby shampoo is harsh for our canine pals. Opt for a shampoo made specifically for dogs to avoid harsh chemicals that can irritate their skin. A hypoallergenic shampoo without added perfumes is the best choice for regular bathing.


Bathe only as needed. Healthy dogs only need a bath occasionally, typically not more than once every few weeks. If your pup frequently loves to run through mud puddles or romp in streams or ponds, consult your veterinarian for advice. They may recommend a special moisturizing shampoo, conditioning rinse or even a leave-in shampoo.


Summer ‘dos? While a shave may seem like a solution to keep your dog cool, avoid shaving them down to the skin, as this can lead to sunburn and even heatstroke. Leave at least one inch of hair to insulate your dog from the heat and protect their skin from harmful UV rays.


Bathing best practices. Transform bath time into a relaxing experience for you and your dog with these handy accessories:

  1. Non-slip mat: Provides stability for your dog.
  2. Slow treat dispenser: Keeps your dog occupied with plenty of treats while you shampoo.
  3. Pet shower head attachment: Offers a gentle, low-pressure spray for a calm bathing experience.
  4. Shampoo squirt bottle: Combines shampoo and water for instant suds.
  5. Apron: Protects you from water splashes and the inevitable shakes during bath-time antics.
  6. Cushy bath kneeler: Saves your knees from discomfort while bathing your dog.


With these tips and tools at your disposal, you can ensure that your dog stays clean, comfortable and cool throughout the summer months. Lather up, rinse away and enjoy bath-time bonding with your dog!


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