Buying a hypoallergenic dog may help reduce allergic reactions to dog hair and dander, but these dogs require special attention because of their hair. Most of these breeds have coats that resemble human hair rather than traditional fur. As a result, these dogs do shed as much as humans, and they require regular haircuts just like human do. Grooming is an essential part of taking care of a hypoallergenic dog. If you do not have the time to schedule regular appointments or the money to pay for three of four groomings a year, then you should consider a different breed of dog.
While there are tools that you can use to groom your dog, if you do not feel comfortable or if your dog does not cooperate with you when you try to groom them, then you will have to find a professional groomer that will trim your dog’s hair. Groomers can be found in the phone book or online. Choosing a groomer is not difficult, but sometimes finding an experienced groomer that does a good job can be.
The first time your dog visits a groomer, discuss how much hair to trim and the style you prefer. When you pick up your dog go over the dog to inspect the hair to see that the cut is even, and that it was cut to your preferences. Talk with the groomer if you see something you would like done differently. A experienced groomer will be happy to make adjustments at your request.
Just like going to a human hair stylist, it can sometimes take one or two visits for the stylist or groomer to get to know you and your preferences to get the style and cut just right.
In between grooming appointments, you will have to brush your dog regularly so that the fur does not clump or become matted to their skin. Matted fur causes several health issues and is painful for the dog as the mat pulls at the skin. A good grooming brush should not cost too much and your groomer can recommend the right style for your dog. It is recommended to brush in the direction the fur grows and not against it. Your dog should enjoy the way the brush feels. You can brush your dog at any time as long as they are comfortable. It will only take a few minutes to properly brush your dog. Keeping your dog’s coat well brushed can also save you money when you take your dog to the groomer.
If your dog does develop mats it means you are not brushing often enough. Matted fur is difficult to remove and always painful for the dog. Do not pull on the mats. If a tangled piece of fur will not easily untangle, you should contact your groomer for an appointment. Your groomer will know how to properly remove the matted fur. If knots persist, then you may need to brush your dog more often or have its hair cut shorter.
Grooming and brushing are two ways that pet owners can show love toward their pets. Hypoallergenic dogs are special because more people can tolerate being around them. However in return, it is your job to make sure their coat is always healthy and well brushed.