At Home Grooming Guide
So you are an awesome pup parent and want to learn how to maintain your dogs coat between grooms? Welcome to our at home grooming guide, a guide by professional groomers on how to do just that!
From product recommendations to tips and tricks the team at Molly & Me have your back!
First pick your dogs coat type:
- Bichon Frise
- Border Collie
- Golden Retriever
Long/ Silky Coats:
- Lhasa Apso
- Shih Tzu
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
- Cocker Spaniel
- French Bulldog
The first step in your new brushing routine!
A light mist over the coat before brushing will protect it from breakage, keep the coat healthy and smelling fresh.
Use your slicker to line brush, start in at the skin and brush out to the tip of the hair. Your slicker brush will begin to straighten and seperate the coat however brushing on its own is not enough!
The most important step! Now its time to check your work, using your metal comb start in at the skin and comb out. Make sure to be extra thorough on longer areas such as the head, ears and tail as well as areas of friction such as behind the ears and arm pits.
Ruby Curry Brush
Run all over your pets coat to help remove excess coat between de sheds. Remember to always go with the direction of growth. With gentle but firm strokes you'll be surprised just how much hair sticks to the brush!
For a great tutorial on line brushing and combing check out the awesome DIY Puppy Prep Videos from IGroomHub.
Build your Toolkit:
Curly and Double Coats
Long/ Silky Coats
Ruby Curry Brush
* Dogs with thick coats can also benefit from the use of a slicker brush and comb to assist with shedding.
A conditioning spray is an important part of your grooming essential tool kit!
We recommend the Melanie Newman Essentials Range of Coat Conditioning Sprays. Each collection specifically targets specific concerns such as Puppy Coats, Repairing Damaged Coats and even Sensitive Skin!
Why we like it.
The Melanie Newman Conditioning Sprays are free from harsh chemicals and contain essential oils. They each smell delicious and I like that they condition the coat and protect it without being making it too heavy.
Rubber Curry Brush
The Pet + Me Deshedding Brush is fantastic for removing loose hair, sebum and dandruff. Helping to keep your dogs coat healthy and your house free for excess fur!
Yellow - Dogs with short hair, or long silky hair and soft undercoat
Red - Dogs with long hair, double coats, thick coat and undercoat.
The Artero Universal Slicker is perfect for brushing, removing undercoat and straightening hair. The curve in the brush is designed to go with the brushing motion assisting you to get closer tot he skin.
Why we like it.
The curve and pins on the universal slicker make removing knots and tangles much easier, we find these brushes outlast a lot of others at a reasonable price!
The most important tool in your at home grooming kit!
For curly our long coats we recommend the Artero Grooming Comb, it has two sides a coarse and a fine side. For Double Coats we recommend Artero's dematting comb which is perfect for getting through thick coats and helping to removing undercoat.
How often should my dog be groomed professionally?
Every dog can benefit from being on a regular grooming schedule! Frequent grooming helps to prevent uncomfortable matting, dry skin, overgrown nails that grow into the pad or cause pain. It helps to keep the skin healthy and as your groomer works so closely with your dog they can even pick up on things you might have missed such as grass seeds, and changes to your pet such as pain in certain areas, dirty ears and changes in growths that might require a vet visit!
How often your pet should visit the groomer depends on the type of coat they have, the type of trim you want, the amount of maintenance you are willing to do at home and even their behaviour/ age. For example whilst your dog is young or if your dog is struggling with grooming more frequent sessions might be recommended to assist your dog in learning the process and ensuring it is a positive experience for them.
The below can be used as a guide but remember that each dog is an individual and your groomer may recommend a different schedule to accomodate.