“This hair is not going to brush itself”, quips the dog.
After what seemed like countless weeks of staying at home, my furry maltipoo is starting to look a little deranged (see GIF below). Grooming salons have closed in response to the circuit breaker measures, leaving pet owners across the island with the task of making their pets look prim – no easy feat with an anxious dog like mine who thinks he is going to lose his paw when I try to trim his nails.
So to save you the trouble, we trawl the interweb to find the best grooming and spa tips for your dogs.
Before we go into full spa mode, it is highly recommended to do a simple groom-and-trim to get these fur-balls into the mood. Many pet owners have successfully groomed their own pets at home. Your dog trusts you already, so who else better but you? Try it!
Try brushing your dog at least three times a week, daily if their coat is long. For long-haired dogs, use a metal pin brush and for short-haired dogs, a shedding blade will work.
Nails should be trimmed often as they may lead to cuticle injuries if left unattended. If your dog is anxious about the process, you may try offering treats to calm him or her down. And here’s the trick to cut your dog’s nails – if your dog has white nails, clip until you see the pink (the quick), and if your dog has black nails, clip a little at a time until you see a solid black dot on the tip.
Check out this steady grooming session below:
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And now, let’s dive into the luxurious world of doggy pampering. We have seen how pampered some celebrities’ pets are (like how Karl Lagerfeld’s cat has two personal maids and indulge in play, grooming and being the center of attention daily), and there’s no wonder why. Our pets are our 24/7 best friends who will always make themselves available to soothe our wounded hearts. Therefore it is only fitting to give them a spa treatment fit for canine royal.
You can start off with a warm and relaxing bath enriched with a bath bomb. A bath bomb is made with epsom salt, which soothes sore muscles as well as improve nerve functions. If your dog suffers from irritated or sensitive skin, this treatment is perfect as epsom salt aids healing and improve swelling.
If you don’t want to buy a bath bomb or wait for delivery, you can make one yourself. Here’re the steps:
You can also add in a homemade oatmeal conditioner to add more shine to your dog’s coat. To make the oatmeal conditioner:
Oat is used in many skincare products as it soothes, nourishes and moisturise skin. So you can use this oatmeal conditioner for yourself too!
To give your pet a facial cum bath experience fit for a king, you can start off by rubbing a small amount of oatmeal conditioner on his or her face. Then, slowly rub more onto the rest of the body. Leave on for 2 – 3 minutes and then rinse off.
Fill a bath tub with warm water and throw in the bath bomb. Wait for the bath bomb to dissolve before placing your dog inside. Allow your pet to soak and relax in the fizzing water until he or she is contented and well-pampered. Rinse off with warm water.
Lastly, remember to blow dry your dog to prevent matting of fur.
What’s a spa treat without some nail care? To help maintain a healthy set of paws and nails for your pet, consider using paw balms. We recommend Natural Dog Company Paw Soother by Vanillapup as it helps with an array of ailments from chapped paws to paw pad hyperkeratosis. It is also organic, vegan, and made of 100% natural herbal-based blend of butters and special plant oils, so you don’t have to worry about your dog ingesting the balm.
Apply a small amount onto the paw pad area and rub in circular motion. Gently massage the paws for a relaxing paw massage.
And finally, a dog massage! Dog massages aid the circulation of fluids to allow joints and muscles to flush out toxins, thereby relieving pain and stiffness. It also makes a happy and relaxed pup, and a happy pup makes a happy paw-rent!
If you have a wee dog, you can use a mini ironing board to authenticate the whole experience. Once your dog has settled down, you can start the massage process.
Start off with a few minutes of petting over the entire body. Lightly rub the larger muscles around the neck, shoulders, bum and thighs with the heel of your hand. Work the muscles as if you are kneading dough.
Make your dog lie on his or her back, and then start kneading and scratching the chest area for about 10 minutes. Most dogs love chest rubs! Then use a roller tool to rub across the entire body and face in a slow and gentle motion.
And that’s it for an hour-long pet pampering session for your furry kid!