Even if your dog doesn't look particularly scruffy, grooming provides many health benefits for them, which may not be immediately apparent. Brushing your dog ventilates their coat, helping it grow healthy and strong and taking away old and damaged hair. Grooming also ensures that your dog's skin can breathe and keeps down the grease level in their coat. Too much grease can block pores and cause irritation and all sorts of skin problems. Running a brush through their fur acts as an excellent massage that promotes healthy blood circulation. Grooming is a great bonding time; the more regularly you do it, the more they'll get used to it, and it should become a soothing, relaxing experience for you both.
When a dog molts, the loose hair can get tangled, which causes matting, which if not brushed away regularly can become worse and worse, pulling on their skin and creating painful sore patches. It has been known to get so bad that huge sores are created which can then get infected, and this is all hidden underneath their fur, so if you aren't closely checking your dog regularly, it may be missed. Dogs can't tell us where it hurts, so it is essential to keep on top of grooming as it allows you to provide them with a primary health check; you ought to check for matting and sores between their toes where mud and grass seeds can clump and gather, which can cause a lot of discomforts. You can check for any sores, fleas, or general lumps, bumps, scratches, and the condition of their eyes, ears, and feet.
Visiting a Professional Groomer A professional groomer has all of the tools and expertise you are unlikely to have at home. While short-haired breeds are less likely to require a full-on professional groom as regularly as longer-haired breeds, it's still an excellent opportunity to get them thoroughly checked over. Professional groomers have the right tools to enhance your dog's coat and can offer a word of advice.
Many breeds with longer coats require more thorough grooming, and often there are coat styles specific to particular breeds. A professional groomer will know which coat styles suit which hairstyles best and will know which products will enhance a dog's coat the most. It will depend on your dog's lifestyle and coat and how regularly you should take your dog to be groomed by a professional.
Grooming is an essential component of healthcare. The art of living well begins with a parent's loving paws to paint a pet companion's future.