BATH AND BRUSH SERVICES
Bathing and brushing may seem like a no-brainer. Just about everyone who grew up with a dog probably remembers having them in the bathroom tub at some point. Some people tend to only bathe their dogs once they start to smell, but regular bathing is important for a number of reasons. It reduces shedding, keeps your dog's coat in tiptop shape, minimizes allergies, lessens the chances of infection and reduces the spread of dirt and germs in your home. While bathing your dog may seem like a simple task, your mobile dog groomer keeps a number of important dog bathing techniques in mind to ensure that your dog's bathing experience is as safe, effective, and relaxing as possible. They may seem small, but they make a huge difference.
IMPORTANT DOG BATHING TECHNIQUES
1. The Correct Water Temperature
Most moms and dads remember that when their children were infants, it was super important to make sure that their bathwater was at the right temperature. After all, a baby can't verbally communicate whether the water is too uncomfortably hot or cold for them. But they'll let you know in other ways, that's for sure! Well, dogs are no different. They might not be able to say it with words, but they will react negatively to water that is at an inappropriate temperature. To avoid this, your mobile dog groomer will test the temperature of the water on their forearm before wetting your dog. ("Why the forearm, you ask?) Because the skin in this area is actually more sensitive to temperature than your hands!)
2. The Correct Water Spray Setting
Your mobile dog groomer will use a handheld shower head or faucet nozzle when bathing your pet. This can result in some unavoidable noise, and we all know how impeccable the hearing of a dog is. These sounds, especially if your dog is not used to them, can be unsettling. One technique to avoid this is to aim the nozzle on the back of your hand and let the water trickle onto the dog instead of directly onto their fur. This way, it feels like more of a very damp massage with the familiar touch of a human hand than a turbo jet from a jacuzzi.
3. The Correct Shampoo
Just as human allergies seem to be more prevalent these days, dog allergies seem to also be on the rise. For a mobile dog groomer, this means that choosing the correct products is imperative. If you have a specially formulated or medicated shampoo for a specific allergy or need that your dog has, please let us know! We would be happy to use it and we will return it to you when the service is finished.
4. The Correct Drying Technique
When my dog sees the towels come out, he gets excited because he knows the bath part is over and that's his least favorite part. At this point, never underestimate just how much water you can remove from a dog's coat just by using a towel. In fact, a thorough towel dry is crucial because it actually cuts down on the blow drying by a lot. Just like water temperature, blow dryer temperature needs to be closely monitored. If you hold it to close to your pet or keep it in the same spot for too long, you risk burning your dog's skin. Your mobile dog groomer has the skill and experience to ensure that this portion of the service is as safe and pleasant for your dog as possible.
5. Correct Brushing Technique
With many breed types come many coat types. Each coat type needs a different brushing technique, and poor technique can quickly put someone on your dog's list of their least favorite people. Tangled and matted fur requires specialized tools and a lot of TLC to avoid causing your dog any pain or discomfort. It is recommended that you brush your dog at least three to four times per week to minimize the likelihood of forming tangles and mats. This makes things a lot easier for your dog in the long run!
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