This is the time of year you might spend a lot more time vacuuming up dog hair than usual. That’s because your pooch is getting rid of that thick coat that kept them nice and warm all winter. Dog moulting is also a way to get rid of old or damaged hair. We look at ways to keep things under control.
Brushing your pooch regularly helps reduce the amount of hair in your home.
Like us, dogs have varying hair types. There’s bound to be a brush or comb that’s absolutely perfect for dog’s coat ‒ your groomer can help identify the perfect one.
All dogs shed and there’s no way to stop this. But there are times when your pooch might be losing way more hair than usual, causing you concern.
Stress, poor nutrition, underlying medical issues and even sunburn can lead to excessive shedding. Your vet will be able to tell you if there’s something amiss.
Some signs that it’s time to see the vet:
- Skin redness, bumps, rashes or scabs
- Open sores
- Bald spots or a thinning coat
- Dull, dry hair that pulls out easily
- Continued licking or rubbing
Matted coats are something many dogs struggle with. This is often because of friction, like under the collar or where your pooch’s legs rub together. Sitting in one position often can also cause matting – some dogs favour their left or right hip.
Some dog breeds like poodles and cocker spaniels are more prone to matting. Basically, if you have a dog that sheds a lot, they’re also likely to get tangles easily.
Regularly brushing your dog’s hair is the best way to prevent matting. Spraying a little water onto your pup’s coat can help prepare the hair for brushing. Some people like to dust a little cornstarch onto dry fur for a degreasing effect.
Regular washing also helps keep doggie pelts tangle-free.
Getting their coat brushed can be a soothing, relaxing time for your pup if you go gently.
The right technique is important. Using a brush with wire pins, gently:
- Brush a small section at a time.
- Push the coat up with your hand to the line of the skin.
- Put the brush into the hair and pull away from your pup’s body.
- Continue this process. You’re bound to find hidden tangles below the top coat.
- Ask your groomer about how often your breed of dog should be brushed.
Brushes, combs, clippers, detangling shampoos: There’s a range of tools to help make grooming easy for you and your pup. Your groomer is able to help you find the right products, and show you how to use them.
Be gentle with your pup and remember: They may get sore and restless after a while. If there’s too much matting going on, it’s best to see a professional, who might want to clip some of the hair or have better detangling tools.
Your dog will thank you for your attention, because getting rid of matted hair isn’t just an appearance thing – sores, bugs and other nasties can hide under mats.
We have 20% off all grooming tools for December to help you get your dog's coat free from moulting undercoat. If you are not sure how to use them just ask us for a demo!
If you have any other questions about your dog grooming routine, we’re here to help. Feel free to pop into the store or call us on: 09 448 2227.