Grooming Hints at Home

What You Should Know for Home Care

Many of our customers choose to bathe their dogs at home. This is a good way to serve as training for the pet as well as involve your children in the care process of the family pet. However, there are a few things that you will want to know and do if you choose to bathe at home:

01. Brush your dog prior to the bath.
In other words, it is important to brush and comb out all the mats and tangles first. Bathing a dog with mats only locks in the mats and makes them even more challenging to remove.

02. Use a Detergent Free Shampoo.
If you are uncertain if it is detergent free, it more than likely is not. This is important so that you do not dry out the skin and coat as well as remove the monthly flea and tick preventative you use. We sell all of the products in the Boutique that we use in the Spa. When you look at the concentration level of our products, the price is usually substantially less than what you are buying at the grocery store or pet box store.

03. Brush your dog frequently.
It does not matter whether you have a full-coated breed or a short-coated breed, brushing is important. It provides training, structure, and discipline for your dog while removing mats on a regular basis. It is also very important for short-coated dogs to delay the shedding process. Frequent brushing also stimulates the skin and moves the essential oils on the skin across the coat offering a beautiful and healthy coat.

04. Water – Plenty of clean, fresh water is important.
Just as we like fresh water throughout the day, so does your dog. It is important to change their water frequently.

05. Food – yes, food!
Feeding your dog the best food that you can is a great way to care for the skin and coat at home. Many dogs have allergies to wheat and corn and food with these fillers are not necessarily providing the protein and nutrients our dogs need and they cause skin issues.

If you have any questions regarding home grooming best practices or care for your pet, please do not hesitate to contact us or speak with your groomer at your next appointment.


Please call 813.388.6810 and speak with one of our team members to schedule an appointment or to ask additional questions.

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