Diligent dog owners everywhere know the dangers of hot weather, particularly when it comes to leaving pets in cars. However, not nearly as many understand the need for grooming during the Summer, allowing them to stay nice and cool, no matter how hot it gets outside. That’s what we look at here before we show you how easy it is to learn the skills through dog grooming courses from OCA.
By properly grooming your dog during the hottest months of the year, you can do much to keep your pooch safe, while keeping them comfortable. Heatstroke is no joke, meaning that everything you can do to help them will go a long way. So, get your notepad and pen ready as we go through 5 effective grooming tips to keep your canine happy and healthy.
Tip #1 - Carry Out a Thorough De-Shedding On Your Pooch
As a dog grooming course will show you, shedding during the Spring is the natural way the body prepares itself for the Summer months, however, with certain breeds, it won’t just fall away without help. That’s why a thorough de-shedding with the right tools should be carried out at the end of Spring to ensure their coat is nice and light for the coming increase in temperatures.
Tip #2 - Don’t Over-do the Grooming
Sometimes owners go a little too far in trimming back their dog’s coat thinking that it will keep them even cooler. Sounds logical enough, but take a few short courses online on the subject and you’ll see that this can actually do more harm than good. Certain breeds become more prone to sunburn when their coat is too short, particularly when they have pink skin, so don’t overdo things.
Tip #3 - Frequent Baths Are Not the Answer to Heat
It’s completely logical to assume that letting your dog cool down with regular baths would be a great way to keep your dog cool in hot weather, but that doesn’t mean they should be given more frequently, as this can lead to associated issues. Over-bathing can lead to skin problems that complicate matters greatly, so space out those dips in the tub or their health might suffer.
Tip #4 - Your Dog’s Paws Are Sensitive to Heat
Dog grooming courses teach us lots of new things we didn’t know, such as the fact that your dog’s paw pads can be just as sensitive to heat as our skin. This means walking over gravel, hot asphalt and sand can be really uncomfortable, but by having their pads conditioned and polished - this is a job for the professionals - they become much less vulnerable.
Tip #5 - Get Professional Grooming Done Regularly
Our last tip is a rather obvious one, but your average professional dog groomer will always be able to do a better maintenance job than someone with little or no training. This allows your pooch to look and feel amazing all Summer and it means that you can keep things under control yourself between what should be quarterly visits.
Be a Better Dog Owner With Dog Grooming Courses From OCA
Grooming your dog is an essential part of keeping your furry pal happy and healthy. The good news for anyone wanting to become a better owner or even start a career in pet care, it’s never been easier thanks to flexible, video-based, CPD-approved Dog Grooming, Pet Care & Dog Training courses that can be taken at your own pace.
Every course we offer at OCA is delivered in bite-sized modules too, allowing you to fit your learning around your current obligations. So, if you would like to know more about us and our highly-stimulating, industry-leading micro-learning options, visit us today at www.onlinecoursesaustralia.edu.au.
Alternatively, if you have any questions for us about our dog grooming courses or any of our training that covers more than 20 different sectors, give us a call today on 1300 611 404 and we’ll be more than happy to discuss your career change.