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Proper Grooming of Pets with Double Coats

Pet grooming is an important part of raising a healthy, happy dog, but it is not simply just bathing, shaving, and trimming the fur. There are six dog coat types with different care needs that must be met in order for the dog to look its best.

 

The six dog coat types are the following: smooth, wiry, curly, long, hairless, and double coat. The last type is usually the most difficult to deal with, especially if the dog has a particularly thick undercoat. You must not attempt to trim or shave the hair yourself because the dog will be prone to sunburn if not done properly. So, how do you groom a double-coated dog? That’s where a professional pet grooming service can come to the rescue.

 

Breeds with Double Coats

Some of the popular canine breeds with double coats include the following: collie, Belgian malinois, golden retriever, labrador retriever, akita, husky, Alaskan malamute, chow chow, toy pomeranian, shiba inu, corgi, Newfoundland, Saint Bernard, terriers, shih tzu, Samoyed, and most spaniels. If your dog is a mixed breed, you can ask your veterinarian to identify what type of coat it has.

 

Never Shave a Double-Coated Dog

It’s not a good idea to shave your dog’s coat at all unless it has to undergo surgery or if the fur is severely matted that even trimming or brushing won’t work. Although some hair will grow back, the texture and thickness are altered, while others will have bald spots for the rest of its life. What’s more, they could also develop sunburns, dandruff, and scaling. Even during the hot days in Singapore, your pet’s double coat is as helpful as when it’s exposed to cold temperatures.

 

Bathing a Double-Coated Dog

To groom pet with a double-coat, start by brushing the entire body to remove tangles before bathing. Pet grooming in Singapore should be ideally done every 12 weeks, but you need to bathe the dog at home once a week if it’s molting. If you’re taking the dog to a pet groomer, make sure that he/she knows how to care for a double-coated breed. Observe the process and ask about the products used on the dog such as the contents of the shampoo. Avoid applying a conditioner for a dog with this type of fur.

 

Drying a Double-Coated Dog

After rinsing thoroughly, the dog’s hair is towel-dried before a hair dryer is used. Drying should be done with the consideration of the coat growth. Once the coat is dry, the groomer has to brush the hair with a slicker brush first, then a wide-toothed comb. Again, the direction of the strokes should be based on the coat growth and the lines of the body. Before the dog leaves the grooming table, the staff should check the dog for deposits on the eyes and ears.

Brushing a Double-Coated Dog

Before brushing to remove the mats and tangles, spray a light mist on the coat to prevent breaking the hair shaft. Brush your dog’s hair before groom pet to remove tangles on areas where matting is common, such as the tail, stomach, chest, and the backs of its legs. Remember that double-coated dogs shed their coats twice annually, that is why you need to remove the loose undercoat with a brush.

 

Keep the Ears Clean and Dry

Don’t forget to inspect the ears for any sign of infection especially after pet grooming. Regular grooming can sometimes cause irritation on the ears, that is why you should clean it once a month with a veterinarian-approved solution and cotton balls.

6 Tips for Picking the Right Tennis Coach for Your Child

If you’re not a professional player or a tennis coach yourself, then picking the best coach for your aspiring little tennis player may become rather challenging for you.

It’s no secret that tennis is a very technical sport and a great coach plays an important role in the preparation of a good tennis player. Do not make the mistake of honing your child’s talent the wrong way by sending him to an uncompetitive coach. Here are some tips to ensure your child is getting the best tennis lessons in Singapore from the right tennis pro.

  1. Choose a coach with enthusiastic and competitive personality.

You want a tennis coach who is energetic, enthusiastic and someone who constantly challenges your child. Consistent challenge will keep your little one interested and excited to learn tennis. The best instructor will always be able to find fun ways to challenge young players, so make sure to look for one with tennis coaching experience with junior players in Singapore.

  1. Make sure the instructor matches your child’s personality.

It’s easy to find the most qualified tennis coach in Singapore, but finding the right one who can get along with your child on a personal level requires more time and effort. A coach is not just a coach, but also a mentor that will help home your child’s attitude towards the sport, which can possibly make or break him in the future.

  1. Check with your child if he wants private or group lessons.

Some kids want to learn and play with their friends, while others feel self-conscious around others especially if they are still beginners. Try out both settings for your child’s tennis lessons to see what environment he prefers.

  1. There’s no need to go for the most expensive trainer.

You do not need the most expensive tennis coaching for your child. The most important thing is that the coach is able to impart the fundamental lessons to your child. However, if your child looks at tennis as a recreational sport, then the feeling of comfort while training with the instructor must be the topmost priority.

  1. Pick a coach with extensive experience on child training.

Kids naturally love games. That’s a given. So you’ll want a trainer who has extensive experience with training children who are just getting into the sport for the first time. One of the most important tennis lessons is to enjoy your time while playing in the court. Implementation of other games and knowing when to do so helps teach your child on the application of the fundamentals of the sport in a seamless manner.

  1. Try asking recommendations from other parents.

Last tip but certainly not the least, try asking other parents if they were satisfied with the training the coach have provided to their youngsters. Most tennis instructors will be more than willing to provide you with references. Positive feedbacks from previous clients go a long way in helping you decide whether a prospect coach fits your little player’s needs.

Hopefully, these tips will help you make an educated decision for your child’s tennis coaching needs. Whether your child is playing the sport for fun or aiming to be the next Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer, there’s a right coach out there for your child.

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