Proper grooming is essential for dogs. However, fluffy dogs can be challenging to groom because of all their hair.
You can have a professional groomer do it but you can also do it by yourself. Here are some tips to get you started.
Don’t bathe him too often.
Doing so runs the risk of stripping the natural oils from his coat. If possible, limit the bath to once every week. And everytime you do, use a moisturizing dog shampoo. Work the shampoo into a gentle lather and massage it all over your dog’s body, being careful not to get soap in their eyes. Rinse well. Any soap left in their fur can irritate your dog’s skin once they’re dry. Rinse, rinse, and repeat the rinse
Remove dead hair on fluffy Dogs
Brush his coat regularly to remove dead hair, get rid of tangles, and distribute his natural oils throughout his coat. This also partially removes dirt and other particles trapped in the coat especially around the areas that your dog is unable to reach. The best brush that will work for almost all coats is a slicker brush. It is the handiest brush and works well for a variety of coat types. The short, wire bent or plastic bristles grab and remove loose undercoat, and frequent use helps prevent tangles and matting.
Short-coated fluffy dogs, such as Labrador Retrievers and Greyhounds, don’t need frequent brushing because their hair doesn’t mat and tangle easily. Still, you may want to brush them every couple of weeks to remove loose hair. Use a rubber brush or hound glove, which will help bring dirt and loose hair to the surface.
Use the right tools for your dog.
There are plenty of brushes, combs and other coat-cleaning stuff available in the market but not all of them are appropriate for your beloved pet. Depending on your dog’s breed and how thick your dog’s coat is, you can choose between a variety of brushes such as pin brushes, slicker brushes, bristle brushes, combs, mat breakers and more. Learn what they are specifically used for so you’ll have an easier time grooming.
Find a professional
If you find a professional groomer who is willing to show you how to groom your dog, do not hesitate to ask for help. It’s difficult to top hands-on learning with professional guidance. You must provide a certificate showing that your dog is up to date with its rabies vaccinations. Fluffy Dogs over four months and older must be licensed. If you license your dog in one city and then move to another, you may need to apply for a new license.
Trim foot hair
Trim his foot hair to keep debris from getting caught in it. Foot hairs drag a lot of materials from the ground and spread them quickly when the dog scratches.
Dry your dog’s hair
Learn to fluff dry your dog’s hair using a blow dryer. This will straighten and add volume to his hair. Just be aware that it might cause some distress to your pet when you do it for the first time. The sound and the sensation will take some getting used to so better make your pet familiar with the blow dryer before you use it on him.
Clean dog outfits
Keep your dog’s coat cleaner and fluffier longer by letting him wear dog outfits especially when going out. You can let your pet put on some shoes or clothes but only if they feel comfortable wearing them. These extra layes should keep their clean coat from getting soiled quickly.
Grooming not only keeps your fluffy dog clean and healthy, it’s a great bonding experience for both of you too.