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Victorian Grooming Competition
THE IMPORTANCE OF DOG GROOMINGVanessa Parsons ICMG. Country Canines Grooming Salon
One of the most important, yet overlooked, aspects of routine care for dogs is grooming. You should brush and comb your dog daily so that he/she becomes used to being touched and handled. A professional grooming should be done every four to six weeks, depending on the breed and style of trim.
There is a huge benefit to maintaining professional grooming schedule. Removal of the undercoat and loose coat is extremely important to maintaining good health.
A matted dog has no insulation from the heat or cold either, because air cannot circulate through his coat. Matted coats can be extremely painful for a dog to live with, it is like having hundreds of rubber bands pulling tight on your skin. This is why regular grooming is not a luxury but a necessity.
The health and well being of you pet depends highly on the grooming and cleaning of your pet, Like humans we too need our regular hair appointments to keep us happy and feeling good, our pets are not much different to us, Even though you might catch Fido happily rolling around in the mud trying to turn into a swamp monster, the happiest dog is a clean & well groomed dog, so it is beneficial to keep your pet brushed, combed, knot free, clean and comfortable, As a pet owner it is your role to ensure the health of your dog, its coat, and its skin . Grooming is the cheap and effective way of doing that! The small investment of time and money involved for grooming can serve numerous benefits for your dog's health. Regular grooming stimulates blood flow, which in turn improves blood supply to the hair follicles working wonders for the general health of the overall coat Grooming also stimulates the lymphatic system, thus having a positive affect on the dogís health in the same way that a massage does for humans. Great for older pets. Think of grooming as spending your current time on preventative medical treatments in place of spending your money in the future for medical "repair" bills. That's a short-term benefit with a long-term potential!More about dog grooming on our Dog Grooming Feature Page...
PROFESSIONAL DOG GROOMERS
The Australian Dog Grooming Profession has grown in leaps and bounds over the last 5 years. While there are still many dog groomers sticking with simple wash, clip and nails the majority of dog groomers in Australia are seeking out professional development opportunities to enhance their skills and their dog grooming qualifications.
Australian Dog Groomers are now reaching out to try many new grooming techniques such as breed clips for purebred and recently cross breeds of dog. Colour has become more popular with the grooming community as well as with the general public. Many pet owners are now turning up at public pet festivals and pet expos with a touch of colour on their loved dogs who are increasingly presented in dog clothes with a coloured tail or coloured ears!
The Pet Industry Association of Australia (PIAA) has for many years run their Groomex Dog Grooming Trade Show which is focussed around the most important professional Dog Grooming competition in our country while Dog Grooming Competitions are now springing up in various Australian states.
The Pet Directory has over the years been a strong advocate for the promotion of Dog Grooming Competitions in collaboration with PIAA and TAFE.
Troy Shampoo & Conditioner
Actions:A mild, high sudsing shampoo and conditioner that cleans and conditions the coat restoring natural lustre, leaving hair soft and manageable with a fresh fragrance.
Directions for use:Wet coat with warm water. Apply shampoo & conditioner, massage into the coat until it lathers, then rinse off with warm water. Dry pet with towel. Repeat when required.
Troy Natural Pet Shampoo
Actions:A mild and gentle shampoo with eucalyptus containing low irritant ingredients, allowing your petís coat to be shampooed as often as required. Leaves your petís coat clean, healthy and smelling fresh.
Directions for use:Wet coat with warm water. Apply shampoo and massage into the coat until it lathers. Rinse off with warm water and dry your pet with a towel. Repeat when required.
Troy Petgloss Conditioner
Actions:Contains a cationic compound which adheres to the coat forming a protective strengthening film on individual hairs; eliminates tangles, improves structure, aids repair and adds lustre, highlighting natural coat colours.
Indications:The fine perfume in the product has germicidal properties, which reduces the number of odour-producing bacteria helping to maintain a pleasant smelling animal.
Directions for use:After shampooing with PETGLOSS Shampoo, rinse coat. Apply PETGLOSS Conditioner and comb evenly through the animalís coat. In badly matted or tangled areas, apply an additional amount of PETGLOSS Conditioner and work vigorously with fingers before combing. Rinse again.
Q: Why should I use a dog groomer?
A: A regular trip to the groomer with your dog sets your pampered pooch up for more attention and pats because he will be well groomed, perfumed, and nice to be with. The latest craze is to have your dog’s hair coloured. This can be just the ears and tail or an all over body colour with the exciting new Dyex dog dyes from Spectrum. Why stop with the hair!? Ask your groomer to apply matching doggy nail polish from Aristopet which come in a delightful range of colours.
Groomers check for signs of skin disorder, discharge, inflammation or swelling, lameness or soreness, as well as for ticks and fleas. This can help you avoid trips to the vet by treating problems as they occur.
Groomers will also check your dog’s teeth and nails. They will trim and paint nails but teeth scaling must be done at the vet under anaesthetic.
If you try to trim your dog’s nails yourself and make a mistake in judgement, you can stop bleeding with Styptic Powder which is part of the Professional Groomer range from Aristopet. Apply gentle pressure along with the powder to stop minor bleeding. For anything more severe head straight to your local vet.
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