Dog grooming: How much hygiene does it need?
Long-haired dachshunds, bobtails, Dalmatians or Jack Russell terriers – the coats of our dogs are as diverse as their personalities. The effort involved in grooming is just as different. While long-haired breeds need to be combed more often and, depending on the undercoat, also shorn, the coat change in short-haired breeds is almost automatic due to the constant loss of hair. But the fact is that every coat, whether short or long, rough or curly, has a certain amount of fur care required.
What should you pay attention to when grooming your dog?
How often you have to brush your four-legged friend depends on the breed. Choosing the right dog brush also depends on the condition of your animal's coat.
For short-haired breeds (Labrador, Bulldog, etc.), brushing once or twice a week is sufficient. A soft nubby brush, a curry glove or a natural hair brush with soft bristles can be used to comb out loose dog hair without damaging the skin. In addition, dirt or skin flakes come off and your four-legged friend also gets an extensive caress that makes his fur shine.
For long-haired dog breeds, daily grooming is recommended to avoid tangles or even matting. Regular brushing is particularly necessary on the head, muzzle and in the armpit and genital areas. It's best to use a dog comb or curry comb; wire brushes or firm natural brushes are also ideal for dogs with thick, long fur and a lot of undercoat. Unlike short-haired breeds, you also need fur scissors or clippers to shorten the fur.
If you don't dare to trim the eye area, feet or genital area yourself, there are now very good dog groomers, also known as groomers. They are familiar with the needs of every dog’s coat.
First of all, an important note: Shampoos for humans are not suitable for animals! Due to their skin and fur structure, dogs need a special dog shampoo. You shouldn't bathe your four-legged friend without a reason. The guiding principle here is: as often as necessary, as rarely as possible.
However, some dog owners cannot avoid frequent bathing. If your dog likes to roll in smelly things or has long, matted fur, he simply needs a bath more often. However, always use a dog shampoo that has been developed for your dog's needs.
In order to give your dog the most pleasant bathing experience possible, you should consider a few things in advance:
- A non-slip mat in the bathtub gives your dog stability and safety
- Wear clothing that can get wet and possibly dirty
- Have a towel and dog shampoo ready beforehand
- Check the temperature before letting water run over your dog's body
- Attention: A wet dog shakes itself – always!
My dog's coat strength and shine are decreasing
Dogs change their fur twice a year, so problems with their fur and skin can often occur in spring and autumn. According to our animal experts, itchy or red skin, dull or flaky fur can be an indicator of this phase. But an incorrect or inadequate diet can also be responsible.
The coat is a reflection of your dog's nutrition and health. Not only malnutrition, but also illnesses or allergies can often manifest themselves through dull or falling out fur. If you notice any noticeable changes, you should always consult a veterinarian to determine the exact cause and take quick action.