Dogs and their fur coats are very delicate and choosing the wrong grooming tools can be a nightmare. Grooming is there to keep your pet clean and comfortable not to hurt it, but the wrong tools can cause pain and long term fur damage, even if you don’t notice it right away.
If a professional dog groomer is not for you, then you might be tempted in to purchasing some cheap equipment from the local store, and although this might be perfectly acceptable, nothing beats quality when it comes to grooming. Cheap items may break or not run as smoothly as their expensive counterparts, hurting your pet and adding the risk of choking if parts of a comb or trimmer snap off. Asking a dog groomer what they use or visiting an online specialist store is a great route to take.
Just like humans who get irritated when having their hair cut and shampooed, so do dogs, so it is important to choose a tested and safe shampoo that won’t irritate your dog’s fur or skin. It may be a good idea to test just a small amount to see how they react and be sure never to get it in their eyes. If it stings us it will sting them and make it even more difficult to get them to be patient a second time around.
It is also of utmost importance to choose the right type of brush, which is dependable on your dog’s fur type. (E.g. long haired, wooly etc). Some brushes come without rubber tips or are made out of harsher wire as opposed to flexible plastic. This can seriously hurt and cut your pet if used in the wrong way.
If you go as far as to use a portable dryer, be sure to choose one that fits the size of your dog and has adequate heat settings. Forcing a larger dog in to a small dryer can singe your dog’s fur and burn them.
Overall whether it be trimmers, brushes, scissors or dryers doing adequate research and choosing the right tools can save a lot of hassle and discomfort.