Keeping on Top of your Grooming - Lucy's Professional Dog Grooming

Every dog with hair needs to be groomed to stay healthy, clean and happy. Regardless of which puppy your choose, it’s important to start the grooming process from day one.

Regular brushing & combing prevents their fur from matting and forming clumps of tangled hair that are hard to remove. Not only will your furry friend love you for it, but it will also make it easier to care for their coat as your puppy grows up.

By combining our grooming services with a regular home care routine, you can give your dog the ultimate grooming experience that they deserve.

Prevent your dog’s hair from matting

Usually it’s the matting of a dogs coat that takes us the largest amount of time to work with, as it must be de-matted before any other grooming treatments can begin. Always check with one of our groomers first as they are trained to look and feel for matting.

Shaving the hair off is not the way. Matting is formed close to the skin and while brushing is done at home, matting causes hair to tighten to the skin which makes doggy care difficult.

The 3 most common mistakes we see with dog grooming

  • Mistake #1: Bathing a thick coat that is full of matts – this only makes the matts worse and cements them closer to the body, making it harder to remove.
  • Mistake #2: Only brushing their hair – brushing must be followed through with a comb to pick up any knots.
  • Mistake #3: Insufficient grooming at home – to give your dog the ultimate care, it’s best to combine grooming at home with professional treatments.

Tips when it comes to dog grooming

Remember to learn more about the breed of your pup before welcoming it to the family – the maintenance needs, size the dog will become when fully grown and type of coat it will have are the main factors in understanding how much care your dog’s hair will need.

Any dog that is cross bred with a long or curly coat needs to be groomed at least three times a week and even more when it’s in full coat.

Before you start bathing, it’s important to begin by brushing the coat outwards (not downwards) and then lifting up the comb to effectively remove all the knots and matting.

Once you’ve got the coat clear and free from tangles, you can then bathe your dog. When you first get your puppy, you will need to leave it 10 days after their last injection before coming to see us.

Your home grooming care regime

  • Step 1: Secure your pet on the top of a table. Put a mat or towel down if the surface is slippery.
  • Step 2: Inspect the mouth, teeth and ears, handle the feet and check the nails.
  • Step 3: Using the appropriate brush and comb, groom your dog. If this is the first time your pet is being groomed, start with a little area to help them get used to it. Remove any and all knots.

Your dog must be completely free of knots and tangles before bathing otherwise they cement when dry, which results in matting. This becomes painful for your dog, as it pulls on their skin.

Of course, you’ll want to get your dog professionally groomed to complement your activities at home – and that’s where we come in.

Expert service with care, love and compassion

With over 85 years of combined experience, we have a deep love and passion for helping your dog to live its best life and to be as happy and healthy as possible.

We provide advice, support and the personal touch. At Lucy’s Professional Dog Grooming, we are happy to meet you and your puppy and give you a tour of our premises – purposely built for your dog.

To book your next session or ask for advice on dog grooming, contact us on 09 570 6287 or 027 242 6941.