Woofing wonderful! Grooming tips to make your dog Best in Show

Woofing wonderful! Grooming tips to make your dog Best in Show

Crufts has been and gone, but the after effects are still rife. The grooming industry hits a high, and owners all of the UK are getting their pups preened to perfection just in time for the warmer months. Even if your dog wasn't best in show, there is still really simple ways you can improve your grooming routine. Your dog will thank you for it!

1. Feed a high-quality nutrition

It’s important to remember that it’s not only a brush and scissors that will make a dog look great – although this definitely helps! Just like us humans, it’s also hugely dependent on what dogs eat as this is reflected in the health of their skin and coat. That’s why a premium diet with a high-quality protein source and Omega 3 & 6 is essential for maintaining a strong and glossy coat.

PurrfectlyYappy.com sell a huge range of pet foods, and we offer a subscription service. Pet food doesn't even have to cross your mind, as you can simply set up a subscription, and we'll do the rest. We deliver the pet food to your door, so you can say goodbye to lugging a heavy bag of pet food around a shop! Here is some of our favourite foods for maintaining a healthy coat:

Hills Ideal Balance Canine Large Breed Chicken & Brown Rice Dog Food

Hill’s Ideal Balance Canine Adult Large Breed is specially formulated to meet the needs of large breed adult dogs. More than just natural ingredients, perfectly balanced nutrition, made with fresh chicken as the no.1 ingredient for your dog’s overall health, immunity, skin & coat and digestion. They also offer foods for different sizes and ages - and they offer cat food too! Get yourself 30% off your first bag when setting up a subscription with us.

Burgess Paul O'Grady Hypoallergenic Salmon

This hypoallergenic Salmon and Rice recipe is made without the usual ingredients that are known to cause many intolerant reactions, making this suitable for all dogs, especially those with sensitive skin or digestion. This food is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids to help promote healthy skin and coat for your dog. It's exceptionally high quality, and you could save £7.19 on your first order when setting up a subscription with us!

Arden Grange Adult Salmon & Rice

This delicious pet food is recommended for adult dogs of all breeds with a normal activity level and particularly those requiring a diet to support optimal skin/coat condition. You really will notice the difference with this food! It's available in a 2kg bag if you wanted to give it a go before purchasing a bigger bag.

2. Embrace your dog’s grooming needs

Grooming is a really important but often overlooked area of pet ownership, and many owners sadly don’t know what type of coat their dog has or how to look after it. Before looking into introducing a grooming routine to your canine companion, you need to understand the difference in coat types to make sure you’re caring for them in the best way.

Some dogs like Poodles or Bichon Frise have hair just like ours. It will grow and grow and therefore needs much more regular attention than a fur-bearing or combination dog will need. Fur-bearing dogs, such as Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers, grow to a pre-determined length and then stop, but they also need a lot of attention because they moult – so the trick is to keep on top of the shedding hair to help them look shiny and healthy. Finally, combination coated dogs, such as Cocker Spaniels and Red Setters, need thorough maintenance with their coats being carded or stripped by a professional groomer.

Although dogs, whatever their coat they have, should be in the grooming salon every 4-6 weeks, you can help care for your pet’s skin and coat at home. Here are some of our favourite products to keep on top of your dog's haircare routine:

Mutts & Hounds Dual Slicker & Bristle Dog Brush

This Mutts & Hounds Slicker Brush is fantastic for getting rid of any tangles in dogs with longer coats or getting rid of any loose hair with dogs who are prone to moulting. The fine, wire pins reach into the undercoat to remove loose hair and detangle, and the stiff fiber bristles smooth the dog's coat leaving it neat and silky.

Paw Naturel Hand Stripping Dog De-Shedding Rake

This Dog Rake is a Godsend for owners with moulting doggies! The toothed shedding blade easily removes loose hair and dirt whilst the smooth side is perfect for use as a sweat scraper. This multi-functioning tool is brilliant for Huskies, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Labradors and other breeds that are prone to shedding.

3. Wash your pooch with high quality products

Unless you like the smell of stinky dog, washing your pet with the right products for them is really important. Using the wrong products can end in irritation for both dog and owner. Here are some recommendations for some fantastic doggie bathing products you could try to improve your bath time routine:

Paw Naturel Trial Dog Shampoo Pack - 5x 30ml

This Paw Naturel Trial Shampoo Pack is a great way to try out the different fragrances in the Paw Naturel collection. As the name suggests, Paw Naturel use only the highest quality natural products to avoid irritation not just for your dog, but you. This trial pack is the perfect way to switch up your bathing routine!

Dog Hair Day Dog Shampoo Bundle

Dog Hair Day product the most beautiful dog shampoos which are bespoke and natural smelling. They offer four different scents, which you can buy separately or as a bundle. They all contain no harsh chemicals and have 97% naturally derived ingredients!

Louise Penfold

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