Bath time at Battersea - good clean fun
24 JULY 2018
Grooming is a very important part of a dog’s journey at Battersea. They often come in nervous and bewildered, perhaps not looking their best when it comes to their fur coat.
We’re going behind the scenes at Battersea with Catherine, our onsite groomer, to show you how we care for our dogs to get them in tip top shape, ready to go to their new homes.
We’re also sharing some tips on how to care for your own dog’s coat.
At Battersea, we’re usually grooming for comfort rather than style. A visit to our on-site groomer is a great way for our dogs to start building trust with people again - something that they might have lost before arriving with us.
Battersea groomer, Catherine, can recall seeing dogs come in carrying their own body weight in matted fur, or riddled with fleas.
When suffering like this, a quiet and unhurried grooming session can be very therapeutic for our dogs. You can feel the relief flood through them as they start to feel more comfortable.
It's certainly a different way for the dogs to start trusting humans again.
And it's a chance to spend hands-on quality time in a calm and relaxed place without the formal handling.
For some of the dogs that come to us in a terrible state, it's often not just a case of neglect.
How to keep up with your dog’s grooming needs:
It's important to know how to care for your animal’s coat so as to maintain their health and happiness. Follow our expert advice below.
A trip to a professional salon can give your dog a bit of style but it’s still up to you to do the ground work in maintaining your dog’s coat, you should do this by regularly detangling knots with a brush and washing out any dirt after muddy walks.
If a luxury pamper session isn’t right for your dog, you can keep them looking and feeling their very best with a spot of grooming at home, and it doesn’t have to be a challenge.
Building positive associations for your dog by keeping them calm and comfortable during grooming is vital and can help make bath time less stressful.
You can do this by avoiding making it into an ordeal. If you hose your dog down in the garden with cold water, chances are they won’t appreciate it.
Try making bath time a calm and relaxed affair, with soft lighting or music, just like you would for yourself if you were enjoying a pampering dip in the tub.
All dogs have natural oils in their coat which are promoted by good diet and exercise, but you need to bear in mind the environment your dog lives in.
If there are many pollutants in the air like cigarette smoke or traffic fumes for example, which can build up on your dog’s coat, bathing would be beneficial.
Dogs can have sensitive skin so if you are bathing regularly you will need to use a product that isn't going to become an irritant.
It’s not recommend that you use human products when bathing your dog - our hair and skin is very different to a dog’s, so you may risk causing skin irritation by using products not specifically designed for them.
There’s a wide range of dog shampoos out there that cater for all different coats, so you can find one which really keeps your dog’s coat healthy and shiny.
Grooming is a small but important portion of the care which our dogs receive during their time at Battersea. Follow our expert dog care advice to keep your dog happy and healthy.
Interested in rehoming a Battersea dog? You can meet our dogs who’re ready to start the next step of their journey and are looking for a new loving home.