Keeping a dog clean and tangle-free can be one of the most enjoyable experiences of his life. We all like to be clean and smell nice and look good. Dogs are no exception. They just feel better. And you can tell that they know when they look good. Don’t tell us that a freshly groomed Poodle, Afghan Hound, Maltese, Schnoodle, Golden Retriever, or any dog doesn’t strut his stuff when he’s fresh from the grooming salon or has just been bathed and blow dried at home.
But grooming can also be one of the most uncomfortable and unpleasant experiences of a dog’s life. Think painful quicked nails, shampoo stinging the eyes, or hair being pulled as a tangle is combed out. Nobody enjoys those things, dogs included. And just one bad experience can tarnish his appreciation for grooming for the rest of his life.
We want grooming to be a bonding experience for you and your dog, not one filled with fear, anxiety, and stress. That’s because good grooming habits are important for more than just looks. For starters, grooming keeps your dog healthy and free of parasites. Even better, it gives you hands-on information about your dog’s condition. When you comb your dog, brush his teeth, wipe the goop out of his eyes, and clean his ears, you’re getting a close look at his entire body.
Grooming can give you an early heads-up if something’s wrong. It’s a chance to check for lumps, bumps, scabs, or other skin problems; to check teeth for tartar buildup; and to ensure that eyes and ears show no signs of irritation or infection. Many of these problems are easily treatable when caught early.
What we think is best about grooming, though, is that it’s a great way to spend quality time with your dog. You know from having your hair styled, getting a manicure, or having a massage how pleasurable grooming can be when it’s done right. By showing a young dog how good grooming can feel, you can reduce or eliminate any fear, anxiety, or stress associated with the processes. Our goal is for you and your dog to look forward to grooming time.