Dog bathing
© / Vladan Milisavljevic


        Grooming                 Fit and active                 Your dog's health        


Grooming is a very important part in the care of your dog, which consists of bathing, trimming and brushing your dog's fur. Regular dog washes are a way to keep the health of your dog up and make sure that it looks beautiful and healthy.

Your dog's fur is more than decoration, it shows the people and dogs around you, whether your dog gets all the nutrients it needs and whether it is properly cared for and groomed.
A regularly brushed and washed fur has a much fluffier structure and helps your dog with transpiration, especially in summer. Through sufficient ventilation of the fur you also prevent skin diseases and rashes and it is easier to spot insects, such as ticks, before they can do any damage to your dog's health.

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Bathing of dogs

For sufficient grooming your dog should be bathed at least once a month or more often when needed, for example after he has rolled in mud or animal carcasses. Baths kill parasites and make a fluffier fur. Only use special dog shampoos which have been produced from natural materials and can be rinsed out easily. In winter it is important that your dog's fur is completely dry before going outside to prevent colds. When drying your dog with a hair dryer do not hold the dryer too close to your dog's skin so you won't burn it with the hot air.

When bathing your dog the used bath tub should be designed in a way that does not require you to lift it into the tub. This does not pose a problem with small dogs but can be very difficult for large and old dogs. Ideally your bath tub is equipped with a ramp that also has a non-slip surface so that your dog can enter the tub independently even in old age or with hip injuries.
The ramp also ought to be positioned on stable ground and should not move when a dog is shaking on it so your dog will not feel insecure on it. To make the wash more comfortable for you it is important to consider positioning the bath tub in a way that does not require you to bend over because this will cause back pain after a certain amount of time.

Picture Bathing
© / Vladan Milisavljevic
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Trimming of dog fur

Another important point is the trimming of your dog's fur. This means the plucking of dead and certain healthy hair from your dog's fur. You can do this with your fingers or special trimming scissors. Dog breeds with rough fur, such as terriers, schnauzers or wire-haired dachshunds, generally have to be trimmed, because these dogs have a very robust fur where the natural change of coat is no longer possible. To prevent rashes and eczemas you have to remove dead covering hair regularly. This can be done by regular combing. You should repeat trimmings every three to four weeks. If you are not sure how to do this you can always ask your veterinarian or a professional dog groomer to show you how to do this.

Picture Trimming
© / Pavel Timofeyev
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Brushing of dogs

In spring and autumn a dog's fur is naturally changing, especially during this time brushing is very important. It helps removing dead hair so the fur is fluffier and the skin can breathe more easily. How often you need to use the hair brush depends on the dog breed. Short haired breeds have to be brushed only a few times. Breeds with long hair should be brushed daily to prevent knots and felts.

When brushing it is important to lead the hair brush in the direction of the fur growth. Should you prefer to comb your dog's fur down you first comb in the direction of the fur growth and then you comb the fur again in the opposite direction. Doing this will encourage a better blood flow to your dog's skin and activates the oil glands so the dog's fur gets soft and shiny.

Picture Brushing
© / Larisa Volkova