Keeping your dog’s coat and skin looking and feeling healthy is an important part of owning a pup. After all, you want your dog to feel comfortable plus the odour of a dirty dog isn’t pleasant for anyone! While some parts of grooming are best left to professionals, there are ways you can keep your dog’s coat and skin in tip-top shape at home. For specific medical conditions please seek the advice of a vet. Here are our top grooming tips for dogs! Teach them to enjoy grooming One issue many owners face is their dog’s lack of enthusiasm when it comes to grooming!. It can be a confusing experience for them, and it can cause some dogs to feel distressed. It’s essential to try and turn this around and build a positive association with grooming. Regular brushing and washing is incredibly important, especially for longer-haired dogs, so work to make it an exciting experience. If your dog is food-orientated, introduce treats for positive reinforcement alongside plenty of praise for when they’re behaving. It may be a gradual process but with a bit of perseverance and patience, your pet will soon get used to this new routine. . Watch out for any skin issues Your dog’s skin can be a strong indication of their overall health, if you notice any excessive scratching, licking or itching then there’s likely to be a root cause. This can be anything from infections, to parasites, allergies, tummy upset or even stress. Looking for more advice on allergies? Read our blog post “A guide to what causes allergies and how to treat them” Keep their eyes healthy and stain-free It’s important to look out for irritated eyes, this can be anything from tearing and cloudiness to inflammation. If you notice anything unusual, a vet’s trip is in order. If your dog suffers from mild problems such as tearing, there are ways you can keep this at bay. The Broadreach Nature Tear Stain and Facial Cleanser is a gentle water-based wiping solution created with fantastic natural ingredients including cucumber, watercress and aloe vera extract. The cleanser works to remove tear and saliva stains from your pet’s fur and can be used on a regular basis if your pet is over the age of 12 weeks. Ear care is important dogs too Ear care should also be a part of your home grooming routine, especially if your pooch produces a high volume of earwax and has a lot of inner-ear fur. Keep ears clean (especially after swimming!) with a natural ear wash solution. It’s important you don’t insert anything into your dog’s ear as this can not only cause discomfort, it can also increase the chance of infection. Instead, use a gentle ear wash that works to eradicate ear wax and keep ears clean. Dirty ears can also encourage mites, so it’s important to keep on top of this. Coats should look and feel healthy Support and maintain optimum skin and coat health with regular bathing (especially after a muddy walk!) and additional health supplements. Our 5-star rated Omega EFA oil is a bestseller due to its high quality natural ingredients that work to boost your pet’s overall wellness, including their coat! Designed and used by vets in the UK, our Omega oil will help to boost coats that are lacking in shine or condition, as well as supporting joints and overall body health. A great all-round product to aid your dog’s health and wellness. Shop our Omega EFA Oil here. Keep nails trimmed – but not too short! If your dog’s nails are snagging and brushing along the floor then it’s probably time to give them a trim. If you don’t feel confident in doing this then a trip to a qualified and reputable groomer might be the best solution. If this is something you’d like to get used to doing at home, then it’s important to get your pup used to it too! Plenty of positive reinforcement and praise will help for a smoother nail clipping process. Just don’t go too short as you could catch a blood vessel, trim the tips and keep praising your dog. If you have a puppy, it’s ideal to get them used to this at a young age as it will make life much easier as they grow into adulthood! Discover our Natural Grooming Products for Dogs formulated with high-quality ingredients, and used by vets. We hope you’ve found these tips useful. If you are looking for more advice, don’t forget all Broadreach members have access to free veterinary advice 24/7. If you have any questions about any of our products, you can also contact us by calling 01223 855857 or emailing us at email@example.com.