Tips For Maintaining Your Dog’s Coat And Skin
It’s important to use the right products and methods when maintaining dogs coat. While DogiZone offers professional grooming services that include baths and customized grooming services, we also know that some of our dog owners love to take care of this on their own.
DogiZone will offer DIY Dog Washing Stations at our new DogiMarket opening soon. These stations provide you with the same professional bathing tubs and all the equipment and accessories you need to give your dog a bath. Unlike doing this at home, there is no hair to clean up, no bathrooms to clean, and no mess of a wet dog madly running through the home after the bath is over.
Tips From the Pros
You have access to our premium Earthbath® products at our do-it-yourself dog bathing stations. These products are organic, natural, and designed specifically to care for your dog’s skin and coat. We recommend these products, but you can always bring your own from home.
For the best results using our do-it-yourself dog bathing station and drying equipment, consider the following tips and ideas:
- Brush before wetting – your dog’s hair will mat and tangle tighter once it is wet. We recommend a deep brushing of your dog’s coat prior to arrival. If your dog has areas of tangles or matted hair, we provide de-matting spray as well as tools that are specifically designed to work through tightly packed hair.
- Walk your dog – always walk your dog to get rid of excessive energy and to allow your pet a bathroom break before you get started.
- Use a dog formulated shampoo – shampoos designed for use on a dog’s coat are always the best option. Do not use any type of human shampoo on dogs as it can lead to dry, flaky, itchy skin. The perfumes used in human shampoo can also trigger skin allergies. While baby shampoo can be used if needed, we recommend our Earthbath® products instead of baby shampoo if you don’t have a doggy shampoo.
- Look at the skin – it is often easier to see the skin when your dog is wet. During the bathing process, take the time to look for any areas of redness, flaking, or irritation. More significant problems, including “hot spots” will need additional care after the bath.
- Sensitive skin – if your dog has very sensitive skin or if you know the skin is dry and flaky, oatmeal dog shampoos and conditions can be soothing and provide additional hydration to the skin.
- Rinse, rinse, and rinse again – a significant cause of dry or sensitive skin after a bath is a soap residue left in the coat. Our DIY Dog Washing Stations provide a full 45-minutes per session, and you can always add more time. Be sure to rinse the coat completely and make sure all signs of soap or suds are gone. Parting the hair and looking for shiny soap bubbles throughout the coat helps to avoid this common mistake.
Let us know if you have any questions when using our DIY Dog Washing Stations. Our staff is always here to help make this a positive experience for both you and your dog.