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Pet Grooming Brisbane Centre Reveals the Top Three Dog Grooming Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia – WEBWIRE

QUEENSLAND, Australia November 2014 – For dog owners who know how to groom a dog and enjoy doing so, it can be an opportunity to bond with and pamper the animal. Yet every day, numerous dogs get injured  and adversely distressed by typical grooming blunders at home made by inexperienced owners.

According to pet grooming Brisbane provider Paddington Pups, one of the most common amateur grooming mistakes people make is incorrectly clipping their dog’s nails. Similar to a person’s own nails, it’s easy to clip too far back causing the animal to bleed. Paddington Pups owner and top dog, Bree Robbins says the pain dogs experience at home from inaccurate nail clipping has led to a lot of fearful and hesitant dogs during the grooming process. “A dog’s quick, which is pink on dogs with white nails, and nearly impossible to find on dogs with dark nails, needs to be completely avoided,” says Bree. “If owners are cutting their dog’s nails at home, they need to concentrate on trimming to just before the quick.”

Second to nail cutting is general dog washing. Paddington Pups often sees dogs with red, irritated eyes and infected ears from soap and shampoo after a home wash. “It makes sense that people would think that washing a dog at home is the logical thing to do because it’s economical and convenient. But if a person doesn’t know how to groom a dog efficiently, it’s really easy to get soap and shampoo in the dog’s eyes and ear canals, which can cause great discomfort and distress for the animal, and may even lead to infections,” says Bree. “To avoid these scenarios, owners should always wash the animal’s head last with fresh water and without soap. Make sure the ear canals are covered during the washing process as well. If soap does get into its eyes, wash them out with cold water, and if the irritation or redness persists, please seek advice from your vet.”

Finally, dog owners regularly leave their pet unattended or unrestrained while clipping fur and hair. This can result in serious injury not only for the dog, but also for the dog’s owner through clipper nervousness or panic. Securing dogs preferably by letting someone else hold them during the clipping process minimises the risk of injury.

Pet grooming Brisbane centre Paddington Pups is primarily a doggy day care establishment that specialises in dog clipping, washing and nail cutting. At Paddington Pups, dogs are allowed to run, romp, and play, but also have the option of enjoying professional grooming and pampering in between.

The staff at Paddington Pups are trained in dog psychology and behavioural skills, and have specifically designed and constructed play areas to match each dog’s personality, size and breed, as well as stamina and activity levels. The centre is registered with the Pet Industry Association of Australia (PIAA) and is the very first facility in Australia to have been visited and trained by The Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan.

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