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The Importance of a Regular At-Home Dog Grooming Schedule

Dogs, like us, are creatures of habit. If they regularly groom your dog at home, then you need to make sure that you establish a regular schedule. Grooming some dogs can be very difficult, especially with behavioral issues. The easiest way to groom difficult dogs is to establish a schedule because it creates normalcy, something dogs crave. A regular grooming schedule also benefits dogs that don’t have behavioral issues. If you are going to take your dog to a professional groomer, then this also needs to be done as part of a broader schedule.

This article will tell you about the importance of a grooming schedule for your dog:

Familiarity

One of the main advantages of creating a grooming routine is that it creates a routine for your dog. A familiar routine can significantly improve your dog’s life. At the same time every week, your dog will expect you to groom them. This makes it much easier to do things like clipping their nails and brushing their teeth. Ordinarily, they would resist these things. If they come to expect them, however, they will allow you to do them regardless of whether or not they dislike them. You should invest in professional equipment, like a dog nail grinder, a dog toothbrush, and toothpaste. A familiar routine and grooming schedule will make grooming your dog much easier.

Health

If you don’t groom your dog, then they will end up suffering from health problems. There’s no way around it. If you don’t brush your dog for example, then their fur can become matted, which can lead to potentially life-threatening skin infections. In addition to infections, not brushing your dog can allow fleas and ticks to infest them. Grooming is essential if you want your dog to have a good quality of life and be as healthy as possible. If you don’t have the time to groom your dog yourself, then you need to hire a professional to do it for you.

Bonding

A regular grooming schedule also helps you to improve your bond with your dog. This is especially true if they enjoy grooming, which some dogs do. Sitting down with your dog and bathing them, brushing them, and clipping their nails can be a very satisfying experience, for them and for you. You do need to make sure that you are as gentle as possible with your dog, otherwise, the experience will not be enjoyable for them (or you). Your dog will wriggle, try to escape, and growl.

Time

Dogs like to have busy lives, unlike cats, who like to sleep all day. Life can be very boring for a dog if they have nothing to do. Grooming them gives them something to do during the day when they aren’t out walking or exploring. In addition to grooming your dog, you should try to fill their days with as many meaningful activities as possible. If you don’t have the time to spend all day with them, then you should hire a dog walker to take them out every day.

A regular grooming schedule can significantly improve your dog’s life. It can make them more healthy and happy, in addition to improving your bond with them. As has already been mentioned, if you don’t have the time to walk (or groom) your dog, then you should hire a professional to do it for you. Some will come to your house and do it, others will expect you to drop your dog off with them.

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