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Dog owners need only run a hand through their dog’s coat to know whether spring has truly arrived. Rather than just refill the lint roller, there are spring grooming routines you can establish with your dog to reduce the amount of loose fur left behind on, well, everything. Got a dog that doesn’t shed? Spring grooming routines go beyond the esthetic.

April showers ushers out snow, leaving sticks and burrs to hang out waiting for your dog to run over them. A regular grooming routine will help keep your dog’s coat clean and free from snarls, debris, and pests. You also get an up-close look at your dog’s skin to ensure you catch and treat any wounds or bites as soon as possible. If you’re tempted to give your dog a haircut we recommend that you consult a professional groomer to avoid sunburn.

Brush your dog daily in the spring to remove fur before it sticks to your socks. Choosing the right brush for your dog’s fur and skin is critical to the success of your sessions. Pin and slicker brushes both have straight, metal bristles that remove loose fur quite well for all breeds, but if your dog has a curly coat they might prefer the smooth slicker over the rubber-tipped pins. If your dog has sensitive skin you may want a soft bristle brush. Consult your veterinarian’s office, or the staff Spring Groomingat the pet supply shop to ensure you have all the tools to take thoughtful care of your dog’s unique ‘do.

When spring is in full swing, brush fur with the grain in short, gentle strokes to avoid creating a knot. You may need to remove hair from the brush frequently, which is easy to do when you’re in a short-brush stroke rhythm. Be calm, and reward your dog at the end of your grooming session for good behaviour.

You likely already bathe your dog once a month, and it’s especially important in spring because that full body massage helps to loosen that too-warm winter coat. You don’t need any special grooming products for a spring clean, just be sure you’re using shampoo, conditioner, and brushes specific to your dog’s coat and skin needs. Bathing too often can cause skin irritation and interfere with medicines applied topically, like flea prevention. When your dog runs through a mud puddle, a simple water bath and gentle wipe with a soft washcloth should do the trick.

If you want to make quick work of that winter coat, treat your dog to a blow out! A professional groomer will use a narrow blow drying tool against the grain of the fur to flush the hair out in huge quantities in one go. This is especially helpful to families that include winter-weather breeds like huskies and akitas.

You’ll still need to brush them regularly, but the blow out makes fast work of shedding coats. While you’re there, why not get the pro to do the nail trim, too? Book a spring grooming session with New Approach Canine by calling us at (519) 208-5559

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These three components are the perfect formula for a healthy and happy dog. Training is important not just for discipline but also to help strengthen the bond between you and your dog by establishing boundaries. Daycare keeps your dog well exercised but more importantly keeps him/her socialized. Grooming is not just about aesthetics. More importantly, a good groomer may recognize things like skin conditions or suspicious lumps and bumps

Together these components are the key to your dogs success.

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