Winter was ruff, but spring is here and we’re pretty doggone excited about the Spring Season. As the weather gets warmer, we start to spend more time outdoors. This makes it easier to take our dogs outside for a walk, play with them in the yard, or even just put them out while we're doing gardening work. But as you go through the spring season, you will soon realize that your dog may need some grooming. Dogs don't necessarily need professional grooming all the time, but they do need regular grooming to stay looking their best. If you're going to be doing it yourself, here are 5 tips to help make the process easier.
- Brush your dog's coat - Shedding increases during the springtime! Brush your dog's coat with a slicker brush before giving them a bath and use a gentle brush after their bath to remove any hair that was loosened during the bathing process. You should brush your dog regularly, at least once a week. Brushing removes all the dead hair which is trapped in the undercoat and prevents it from shedding everywhere. It also distributes the natural oils throughout their coats, giving them a beautiful shine.
- Check for Signs of Problem Skin- While you're brushing your dog, it's a good idea to keep an eye out for signs of problem skin. Springtime is when allergies begin to flare up in both humans and pets. According to the American Kennel Club, symptoms of allergies in dogs include dry skin, hot spots, fleas, mange, and ear infections. If your dog has spring allergies, click here for tips to manage your dog's spring allergies.
- Bathe your dog at least once a month - Bathing your dog helps remove debris or flaked skin built up over the winter. The spring is important to clean your dog, due to the allergen and pollen levels in the environment. If your dog has itchy skin, use a Natural Oatmeal Shampoo Bar during bath time and an Oatmeal Anti-Itch Dog Spray after bath time to help relieve and soothe its itchy skin.
- Trim, Trim, Trim - As the weather gets warmer, your dog may be more comfortable and happy with a shorter coat. A good haircut keeps the coat soft and gets rid of tangles and damaged hair. Make sure to use the right dog hair clippers.
- Brush your dog's teeth - Your dog's teeth are important. The health of your dog's mouth is incredibly important when it comes to his overall health. So find a time in the day that works for you and your pup and brush his teeth regularly (ideally two or three times per week).
Those are just a few essential dog grooming tips for the Spring. Don't forget to check their ears and eyes, and trim their nails. Remember that proper care for your dog is essential to his or her overall health and appearance. Spring is a very busy time of the year, so we hope you'll use these tips to help keep your dog well-groomed.