Grooming your dog regularly is one of the most important things you can do for him. Not only does it keep his skin and coat healthy, it provides early detection for illness. Professional groomers have the right skills, tools and training to make the experience a positive one for the dog, but did you know that owners can benefit from regular grooming as well?

groomingTaking time out of your busy schedule to sit quietly with your best friend can be a great stress reliever. The methodical nature of brushing and massaging your dog not only strengthens your bond, but relaxes you as well. When paired with professional grooming, the experience can be even more relaxing because the hassles of nail trimming, ear cleaning, untangling mats and bathing can be left in their capable hands.

To create a simple at home grooming experience, start by brushing your dog in gentle strokes beginning at his neck. Take your time and move down over his body, don’t forget to brush his belly and tail. Look in each ear to make sure they are healthy and clean. Finally, gently massage your dog starting at the neck and slowly working your way down his body, make sure to include each leg and paw.

This simple home grooming process is sure to strengthen your bond, keep your best friend healthy and happy, while relaxing you at the same time.