Picking a professional groomer:
There are a lot of things that a dog owner himself or herself can do to groom their own dog, however there are other things that must be left in a professional’s hands. If you are interested in getting a professional groomer, ask your veterinarian to recommend one to you. Some veterinarians even have their own groomers on staff. Some other ways of finding out about good groomers is by asking your friends, purebred breeders, and boarding kennels. The first thing you need to make sure of when picking a grooming place for your dog, is that the place is clean. Observe the treatment the people have with the dogs, for example, if your dog has a very specific need met, such as a special type of shampoo, make sure that the groomer meets that need. Do not allow the groomer to tranquilize the dog before he handles him. The cost of grooming your dog may vary depending on the type of breed that you have, the amount of hair, as well as the condition of your dog’s hair. Depending on the breed you have, grooming is usually necessary about two times a year; other breeds require grooming a lot more often. You can ask your veterinarian about your breed if you are not sure.
Removing mat from a dog’s coat:
Even if you make the decision to only have your dog groomed by a professional there will be times when you might have to to some emergency maintenance on your dog’s coat. Here is a good tip that will help you if you need to remove an unsightly mat from your dog’s coat. Mats are tightly tangled hairs that are usually pressed on to the dogs skin very closely. If these mats are not taken care of right away, they can cause a lot of discomfort and irritate the skin of the dog. If you notice that your dog has a mat on his coat, try using your fingers and a comb to untangle it. If you are not able to untangle it this way, cut it out carefully, however it’s important to first put a comb in between the hair of the dog and his skin and then cut off the mat of hair with the scissors. The comb is recommended to avoid accidentally cutting the skin of the dog.