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Grooming- Taking Care Of Your Dog

There are lots of good reasons why you should brush (or groom) your pet regularly. It can help you build an important bond between you and your pet – in other words, help you become really good friends. It means you’ll spend quality time together. Plus it’s good for them!


When you brush your pet, you’re actually massaging their skin and it helps improve the way their blood flows around their body – or if you want the science it’s called “stimulating their blood circulation!”. It also removes the dead, itchy and loose hair in their coat and keeps it smooth and tangle free – just like brushing your hair does. It’s also a great way to check for fleas (scratch, scratch, scratch).

 Okay, so dogs aren’t as vain as cats and they’d rather play than be brushed. But they do need grooming.

 If you don’t have one already, buy a special brush from your vet or local pet shop and use gentle strokes in the same direction as the hair grows.

 Brush your dog EVERYWHERE - including the bits behind the legs and ears.

 You can even give your dog a bath.  But be warned, when a dog is wet it is instinct to shake itself dry, so don’t wear your best jeans – you could get soaked! It’ll probably need more than one of you so get the whole family involved.  Or go to the pooch parlour!

 Tip – don’t do it more than once a month that can dry out their skin.

 Need more info? Speak to your local, vet, pet shop or groomer.


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