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Reveal your dog’s natural beauty through grooming

February 22, 2012

Humanity’s closest animal buddy is the canine kind, and dog lovers can’t help but dote on them a little bit too much through high maintenance at times. Dog grooming used to serve a more functional purpose mainly for hunting in the old days, but dog maintenance and demand evolved with the times.

Albert Dichaves, a director of the Philippine Canine Club Inc. (PCCI), has an observation. “I think the demand is pretty big not only because of the show exhibitions, but also because the number of households that own dogs is increasing. Of course, a lot of them would want their dogs groomed properly,” he said. 

According to Pawnation.com, creative grooming, which involves coloring and carving the dog’s hair, is making waves in the US canine industry and reality television, where cute and adorable dogs turn into walking sculptures, from pandas to chimeras. However, some detractors consider this as acts of animal cruelty stating that dyeing a dog’s hair degrades the dog’s dignity.

Here in the Philippines, dog owners and groomers will have the opportunity to show off their top purebred dogs at the 2012 Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) Asia and the Pacific Section Dog Show, not with gelled or dyed hair, but in their natural beauty.

The international event will be held at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex from February 24 to 26. It will showcase conformation shows and agility competitions, as well as a grooming seminar for curious groomers and spectators. International expert groomer Daniela Risdan has been invited to share tips on dog grooming. 

Dichaves, who trained in Australia, shares tips on how owners can make their dogs look and feel their best. “The groomer should know everything about the breed; how it should be groomed, and how the dog should look after being groomed, and how the coat should perform specifically in the show ring.”

For common dog owners, there’s always basic grooming. Here are some tips that can be done at home:

  1. Hair Care. Long and medium-haired dogs require high-maintenance to keep their hair mat and tick-free. Short-haired dogs need less attention in terms of mat prevention and removal. But regardless of hair length, dogs must be given a bath once a week to help dogs shed hair properly and for their general health.
  2. Nail Care. Don’t cut your dog’s nails too short; they can get hurt and develop a strong disliking to nail trimming, making it a challenging task in the future. You should cut your dog’s nails when they are already touching the floor. If you are not sure how to clip your dog’s nails, consult your local veterinarian or let your dog groomer do the work.
  3. Ear Care. As ears are one of the top breeding grounds for bacteria and yeast in a dog’s body, it is a must to clean your dog’s ears to prevent infections. Use prescribed ear solutions for washing, then massage the base of the ear. Be careful not to fully insert the bottle’s nozzle in the ear. Regulate the ear cleaning as too much may cause infections. If there are signs of infection, visit your local vet to get advice on medication.

A word about haircut: long-haired dogs must have it every two to four weeks depending on their needs and their owners’ penchant for style.

For those who love animals more than humans, a career in dog grooming can be rewarding and enriching, especially because of prestigious dog  shows. Dichaves shares some good advice.  “First of all, a dog groomer needs to love dogs and not be afraid of it. You have to have the knowledge and skills required to be able to be a good groomer, and most especially if you aspire to be a show dog groomer.”

For more information on the 2012 FCI Asia and the Pacific Section Dog Show, contact PCCI via email at jojo_pcci@yahoo.com.ph or telephone number 721 8345 and 721 7152.

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