How can I make my dog more comfortable for grooming?
It is always wise take your dog for a walk or exercise prior to grooming activities, particularly if he is the type to get restless, antsy or apprehensive. It will diminish the dog’s energy level and make it easier to complete the task. Aromatherapists say the smell of spearmint and peppermint help calm dogs, so it might be worth buying a few scented candles.
What is the best way to de-mat my dog?
Use a liquid fur detangler or work some baby oil into the mat. Let it sit for several minutes and then loosen and separate using your fingers or the end of a comb. Gently brush out the loosened sections. Severe, stubborn mats may have to be clipped if detangling doesn’t work.
Do I really need to brush my dog?
Absolutely. Not brushing will lead to the development of mats. Matted hair will pull and inflame his sensitive skin and will be painful to remove. Regular brushing will also keep the dog’s skin healthy by stimulating blood flow and distributing natural oils, while also rooting out parasites.