Tips for Grooming Your Pet
Grooming is an essential part of keeping your dog happy and healthy. Not only does it keep your pup's coat looking shiny and beautiful (no matter their coat type), but you'll also be able to monitor its skin more closely for any signs of irritation. Plus, who doesn't enjoy getting pampered from time to time? As every "fur expert" will tell you, the best way to ensure a proper grooming regimen is to establish a regular routine. So for this month's tips we partnered with FURminator, a leader in quality grooming tools, to provide pet parents like you with an easy-to-follow routine to maintain your dog's physical appearance.

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The Copeland Family Grooms Colin

COLIN:
Who knew grooming your dog could be this fun and painless? Watch the Copeland family employ the Furminator® Dual Grooming Brush and the Curry Comb to brush Colin's coat to perfection -- you've never seen a happier dog getting groomed!

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For Grooming Your Dog

GROOMING YOUR DOG

Learn About Your Breed's Specific Needs
Naturally, not all breeds have the same grooming needs. Consult resources like books and trusted websites, speak to your veterinarian or talk to a professional groomer to acquire a better understanding of your dog's hair/fur type and what sort of grooming is needed to keep it in check. In some cases, grooming your dog may be complex enough that it requires the assistance of a professional. Don't hesitate to seek help, especially if you're a beginner!

Start Slow And Steady
Grooming should be an enjoyable experience for you and your pooch. It's the canine equivalent of going to the salon or getting your nails done — it should be fun! However, some dogs don't handle long grooming sessions as well as others, so if this is your first time, start out easy with a 5 to 10 minute session and increase duration incrementally. It's also helpful if your pooch is tired and relaxed, such as after they've exercised or enjoyed their meal. As always, give your pet plenty of praise and attention throughout the process and they will soon look forward to it.

Brush & Comb Daily
Brushing detangles and smoothes out fur without pulling the coat or irritating the skin. By brushing your dog daily with a soft bristle brush, you'll remove excess hair and debris while distributing oils evenly across the skin and coat. Follow up this preliminary brushing with gentle combing. It will extract any leftover debris and remove small surface mats and tangles with minimal tugging, keeping the fur clean and healthy.

Take Care Of Shedding Weekly
You can reduce shedding by up to 90% if you take the time to de-shed your dog weekly. To begin the process, first perform a complete physical inspection of his skin and coat. If there are any sores, bruises or suspicious skin conditions, seek immediate guidance from a veterinarian. Next, remove any tangles or mats with a brush or comb. Then grab a de-shedding tool and gently stroke through your dog's coat working from the base of the neck to the tail. Pulling the hair too harshly can be painful, so make sure to be gentle and pay close attention to how your dog is handling it.

Bathe & Trim Monthly
Regular bathing promotes a healthy skin and coat while also reducing shedding. Try giving your pooch a bath once every month, especially during the summer period when they spend more time outdoors. Dogs also need their nails trimmed on a regular basis, usually every 3 to 4 weeks. Trimming your dog's nails eliminates sore paws, legs and hips and promotes overall health. Because nail trimming can be a daunting task for many first time pet parents - don't hesitate to seek the assistance of a professional until you're comfortable doing it on your own.