If this is your first time owning a dog, it is natural to not know what type of grooming your dog requires. Here is a quick guide to the three main types of grooming your dog is going to need, as well as when they will need it.

#1 Hair Brushing

One of the most common types of grooming that your dog is going to need is hair brushing. Brushing your dog on a regular basis will help their coat stay nice and shiny. It can also help you control shedding during the spring and summer months. Additionally, brushing your dog is a great way to bond and spend time together.

How often your dog needs to be brushed depends on how long their hair is. If you have a long-haired dog, you are going to need to budget in time to brush your dog every day. Brushing your long-haired dog on a daily basis will help keep their hair from getting tangled and matted, which can be uncomfortable for your dog.

If you have a medium-haired dog, you can probably get away with only brushing their coat once a week. If you have a short-haired dog, their hair will not mat as easily, so you only need to brush it every few weeks or so.

#2 Bathing

Your dog needs to be bathed at least once a month, although you can wash your dog as often as every week. The key is to start bathing your dog when they are a puppy so that you can establish a routine. If you bath your dog from a young age, bathtime does not have to be stressful.

You can wash your dog in the bathtub with dog soap; be sure to use warm water. You should make sure that you dry off your dog with a towel and allow them time to get dry before they go outside again.

#3 Nail Trimming

Just like bathing, your dog needs their nails trimmed around once a month. How often your dog needs their nails trimmed depends on the breed and how fast their nails grow; you should talk to your vet to find out how often your particular dog needs their nails trimmed.

This can be an uncomfortable process for your dog, so try to take your dog to the vet or a dog grooming clinic the first few times so you can see how to trim your dog's nails in a way that will not cause them pain. 

If this is your first time owning a dog, make sure you take the time to brush their coat, give them baths and trim their nails on a regular basis. Just like you, your dog needs a little grooming and loving every once in a while. If you would like a professional to groom your dog for you, visit Rush Animal Care Clinic PC.