The importance of a good grooming routine for your dog cannot be overemphasized. It helps remove dead hair and dirt, spreading the natural oils from the skin through the coat to moisturize it and make the fur shiny and healthy. The act of grooming is also a wonderful way to bond with your dog, giving him affection and attention while caring for him at the same time. Perhaps more importantly, grooming reinforces your position as the alpha dog

which is vital to ensure the happiness and mental well-being of your dog.

It is important to get your dog used to being groomed from a young age. Certain breeds with long fur and who shed a lot, should be groomed most days. This prevents mats and tangles that could otherwise be very difficult to deal with. Grooming is good for you dog and good for you too, as there will be less fur on your carpets in the house! Breeds that need frequent grooming to prevent tangles and keep their coats healthy include the Cocker Spaniel, Afghan Hound, Bernese Mountain Dog, Great Pyrenees, Newfoundland, Samoyed, long-coated St. Bernard, Maltese, English Toy Spaniel, Pomeranian, Shih Tzu, Yorkshire Terrier, Silky Terrier, Australian Terrier, Bichon Frisé, Chow Chow, Tibetan Spaniel, Tibetan Terrier, Finnish Spitz, American Eskimo, Bearded Collie, Old English Sheepdog, Collie, Briard, and Shetland Sheepdog.

Make sure you buy good quality brushes and combs, specially designed for your dog’s length and texture of coat. Keep the brushes and combs clean and in good condition and replace immediately if there is any sign of wear or damage.