Golden Retriever Grooming - How to Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy
Golden Retriever grooming is so much more beneficial than merely having your pooch look good. Don't get me wrong; your great-looking canine partner proudly walking alongside you during a stroll through your neighborhood is valuable for both of you. I imagine you are proud of being a loving owner and your dog enjoys feeling good engaging in some exercise with you.
While appearances are indeed important, other benefits of conscientious grooming include maintaining the tidiness your home, improving personal bonding with your friend, and keeping your dog healthy.
Conscientious grooming of your dog is an important contribution to the emotional well-being of your four-legged mate. Animals respond to touch like people do. Just about any dog, whether old or young, respond to a slap on the butt, a pat on the head, or a relaxing brushing.
Maintaining the Tidiness of Your Home
It seldom fails. Despite my best intentions there always seems to be a little bit of doggie hair on the furniture. Over time I've come to love my vacuum cleaner. I've learned that the only thing that helps minimize this hairy situation and maintain the tidiness of my house is regular, conscientious grooming.
While picking up after my dog is still a reality - muddy footprints, some loose grass from a freshly mowed lawn, and a little sand from a visit at the beach - there is so much less to do when he has been groomed.
Caring Touch While Grooming
Touch is especially important during grooming sessions as a time to bond with your pet and to gain their trust. It may be difficult to know how your new dog was treated before he came to your home. He may have been appreciated and well cared for, or he may have been mistreated. It could take some time before he trusts your touch. In that case, you must be patient.
Even if your dog has been with you for a while, it might still be beneficial to increase trust and bonding through grooming - if you haven't already. Consistently let your dog know he is safe, loved, and respected through loving touch during grooming. Developing a considerate and devoted relationship with your dog paves the way for a trusting, successful companionship.
Bonding can be an influential step toward effectively training your dog. A secure dog that is aware he has been accepted as part of the family will generally respond more favorably to obedience training because he wants to please. Successful obedience training is important to both you and your dog and their cooperation is important.
An older pet may require gentle touch during grooming to soothe aches and pains, as they get up in years. So if they are comfortable with being groomed, they'll more likely respond positively to touch while being examined for health reasons.
Golden Retriever Health and Grooming
So how does grooming affect your Golden's health? Dog grooming is a valuable part of contributing to the hygiene and emotional well-being of your beloved friend. Since you love your pet, you want her to be healthy, right? Grooming your dog is an important step to a first-class quality of life and health for your animal.
The advantages of dog grooming include:
* Decreasing the chance of minor skin abnormalities - such as sores, scratches, and other skin problems - from becoming a larger issue. While brushing or bathing your dog, check for swelling, lameness, or changes in sensitivity, all of which could point toward an underlying health issue. This will allow you to describe to your veterinarian the stages or progression of the abnormality that you discovered.
* Maintaining general cleanliness of your dog. I'll bet you enjoy the feeling of stepping out of the shower feeling refreshed. Most people enjoy the pleasure of having clean hair, skin and healthy teeth. Our dogs are no different, except they must depend on their owners to make it happen for them. Yes, our dogs have a natural tendency to groom their fur or clean in between their toes. However, they can't bathe themselves, brush their own teeth, or thoroughly clean their ears.
* Discovering external parasites such as fleas and ticks early is important for both your comfort and your dog's. You'll probably be able to notice fleas crawling around on your dog before you start feeling them on your body. Oh man! The sooner you take care of fleas and ticks in your home, the better off you are so you have a chance to prevent your entire home from becoming inundated.
* Your Golden's beautiful hair and skin stay healthy when you groom regularly. The natural oils in their hair and skin are distributed evenly over the body when brushed on a routine basis. Because of their long hair, Golden Retrievers may require brushing several times a week in order to maintain their gorgeous hair in top condition.
* Enjoying fresh breath is awesome, isn't it? We can appreciate our Golden Retriever's fresh breath as well if we properly care for their teeth and gums. An even more important reason to keep your dog's teeth and gums clean. Did you know that periodontal disease has been linked to heart disorders and other difficulties? It's imperative to learn how to care for your dog's teeth and take action to avoid the possibility of internal medical conditions.
* Healthy paws make for a happy pet. Your pet's grooming regimen should include regular nail trimming and inspection. Your pet can experience difficulties with her paws if not cared for properly. This could limit the amount of physical activity your pooch wants to engage in. Of course, inactivity is not good for your dog. If you are at all uncomfortable trimming your pet's nails, be sure to schedule an appointment with a pet grooming professional
The concept is relatively easy to grasp. Love your dog and she will love you back. Introducing regular, consistent grooming can even change the relationship between you and a dog that has been living with you for a while. The primary reason for grooming your Golden Retriever is because dogs need physical maintenance to look and feel their best. The end result is a closer bond between you and your valuable buddy.
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