The Importance of Dog Grooming
If you are thinking of buying a puppy, or if you already have a dog, you will know that dog grooming is not an option, it is an absolute necessity. We do whatever we can to try and keep our children and loved ones happy and healthy, and keeping our dogs in good condition is no different.
We also know that dog grooming goes beyond just an occassional brush, although that is a very important part of the dog grooming process.
One of the decisions you have to make is whether you are going to take your dog to a professional dog groomer, or if you are going to do the grooming yourself.
The advantages of professional dog groomers:
They have the expertise, training and knowledge that we just don’t have.
They have more sophisticated equipment and better quality tools than we have, like dog grooming tables, clippers and shears, rotatory nail files etc.
They can style our dogs better than we can and can advise on the best cut for the specific breed and fur of your dog.
They can recognize skin and fur problems and treat and advise on ear ailments.
They can do the whole grooming process much faster and more effectively than we can.
The advantages of grooming your dog at home:
You get the opportunity to create a special bond with your dog.
It saves you money and it is more flexible, no waiting to get an appointment etc.
Your dog will feel more relaxed because it is not in unfamiliar surroundings or with unfamiliar people.
No expensive equipment or specialized tools are needed.
If you opt for grooming your dog at home I would highly recommed investing in a good dog grooming e-book to learn some essential basics before you start.
Often deciding which option to choose will come down to a personal preference and will depend on each case individually. One thing can not be ignored though, your dog MUST be groomed, whether by you or by a professional dog groomer.