Why Going to a Professional Dog Groomer is Worth It
Do you have a dog who needs to be regularly groomed? Are you wondering whether it’s worthwhile to take them to a groomer? Are you unsure you can manage your dog’s grooming needs on your own at home?
If any of this sounds like you, then you’re in the right place! In the article below, we’ll help you get a better understanding of why professional dog grooming can help you. You’ll find a quick list of some of the most important benefits you and your dog both can enjoy when you regularly take them to a professional groomer.
Socializing and Exposure
One of the best reasons to consider taking your dog to a groomer regularly—and one that many people overlook, especially as first-time dog owners—is the chance for socializing and exposure.
At the groomer, your dog will be exposed to other humans and dogs that they don’t normally see. Your dog will also be around sounds, smells, and sights that are new to them. Although they may be nervous at first, this type of exposure can help them deal with new situations more easily in the future.
Skin and Coat Health
Professional dog groomers are a great way to keep up with your dog’s skin and coat health. Dogs who see a groomer regularly are less likely to experience skin diseases, dandruff, and other coat issues. They may also shed less, depending on the type of dog.
Groomers are also trained to recognize signs and symptoms of skin issues before they get out of hand. If a professional groomer notices a problem with your dog’s skin, they can tell you in plenty of time to have it checked out by a veterinarian.
Dogs with medium to long coats are prone to developing mats, especially if they go a long time in between grooming sessions. Even short-haired dogs can sometimes develop mats in their hair. Any dog (except hairless breeds) who likes to swim, play outside in the woods, roll in the dirt, or enjoy other similar activities may get mats, no matter how well you take care of their coat.
Removing mats from a dog’s coat can be difficult and sometimes risky. Professional groomers, however, are experienced at mat removal and can cut out mats without harming your dog. They can also make sure to get the whole mat, so your dog’s coat can start growing in normally once again.
Professional groomers are also a great resource when you want your dog to look their best. They can provide a variety of cut and trim styles to suit your dog’s coat and your personal preferences, and they can make sure your dog’s haircut is even and neat.
Trimming your dog’s hair yourself at home may be difficult, depending on your pet’s energy level and coat type. With the help of a professional groomer, you don’t have to worry about this challenging part of dog maintenance.
Groomers also help you keep up with your pet’s hygiene care and needs. When you take your dog to the groomer, you can have their nails trimmed, ears cleaned, and teeth brushed. You can also ask for a “sanitary trim” around their genitals, and you can often have your dog’s anal glands expressed by a professional groomer, too.
Although some of these hygiene needs should be performed more often than just at grooming appointments, a professional groom is a great chance to get everything your dog needs taken care of all at once. Keep in mind that some of these additions may cost extra.
Management of Complex Coats
Finally, professional groomers are the ideal option if you have a dog with a complex coat. Any dog with a poodle-style coat—including poodles and mixed breeds such as “doodles”—should be seen by a professional groomer for this reason. Other coats may have similarly difficult or complicated needs that can’t be met by most pet owners, too.
Unless you have a lot of experience managing these types of coats, it’s a good idea to take your pet to a professional groomer periodically. The groomer can take care of all your dog’s coat health needs.
Book Your Dog’s Grooming Appointment at Heart + Paw
Based on this information, it’s easy to see why professional dog grooming is such a good idea for so many pets. If you don’t feel comfortable tackling your dog’s grooming needs, or if you aren’t sure you’ll have time to do so on a regular basis, consider booking an appointment with a Heart + Paw professional groomer at one of our locations in your area.
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