Grooming Tips

Helpful Dog Grooming Tips


Make your life a little easier with tips from Pawsh Wash!

We have a variety of ideas and products that will improve your furry friend's life, as well as your visit to our facility.
Properly Prepare Your Dog for a Visit to the Groomer
Getting your dog ready for a day of grooming can make a huge difference in how your pet handles the trip. Try the following tips at home and bring your dog in for a relaxing spa day at Pawsh Wash.

5 great tips

Tip 1 - Exercise your dog the day of the grooming appointment in order to relieve potential stress.
Tip 2 - Play with your pet's face, ears, and paws at home to help reduce sensitivity issues.
Tip 3 - Brush your dog at least once a week to prevent matting and excess shedding (depending on the breed).
Tip 4 - Keep your dog on an omega-rich diet to help maintain healthy skin and coat.
Tip 5 - Right before your appointment, let your dog relieve itself in the grassy areas of our parking lot.
Since 2005, Pawsh Wash has built its great reputation on personal service and high-quality products.
Be sure to ask about our 6 Box Program! With each grooming or merchandise purchase, we'll give you credit on your 6 box card. Fill it up and we'll give you an in-store credit worth 10% of the cost!


Let Us Keep Your Dog's Skin and Coat Healthy

Brushing, bathing, and diet are often the only tricks you need to keep your dog's skin and coat healthy. Still, you need to know what you're looking for, so Pawsh Wash will consult with you and give you advice on your dog's upkeep.


Important Questions About Your Dog's Coat and Skin

  • Is your dog's skin flaking and itchy?
  • Is your dog's coat oily and smelly?
  • Are there any sores or hot spots? (Be sure to look for hot spots on the tail and hind legs.)
  • Are red, irritated patches of skin visible? (Take a closer look by using a comb to separate the coat.)
  • Is your dog's hair brittle or prone to excessive shedding?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, your dog's skin and coat could need some attention, so come see us today.


Know Your Dog's Coat
Knowing what kind of coat your dog is sporting will make it easier to determine the best way to maintain it.

Smooth - Markedly smooth and shiny, it requires little maintenance.
Breed examples - Boston terrier, Basset hound, Labrador
Medium - Hairs are about an inch long. Although still low maintenance, it will require more frequent bathing and brushing, due to observable shedding.
Do not shave these breeds, because there is an undercoat that acts as insulation that keeps them warm in winter and cool in summer.
Breed examples - Australian shepherd, golden retriever, border collie
Long - Coats require a great amount of brushing to keep the long hairs from matting.
Breed examples - Collie, Yorkie
Wire-haired - A coarse coat that does not shed. Brushing is necessary.
Breed examples - Westie, Scottish terrier, Border terrier
Wavy - Curly hair that requires daily brushing and frequent bathing. Every 6 to 8 weeks, grooming will be needed to maintain appearances.
Breed examples - Poodle, Bichon Frise, Portuguese water dog


Improve Your Dog's Coat
Tip 1 - Make sure your dog's diet is free of corn, wheat, and soy. These common allergens create an array of health problems.

Tip 2 - Enhance your dog's foods with an omega-enriched oil such as fish, flax seed, or sunflower.

Tip 3 - Every 4 to 6 weeks, bathe your dog to remove any toxins and allergens from the skin and coat.

Tip 4 - Regularly brush your dog's coat to remove tangles. This will prevent matting that will otherwise keep oxygen from reaching the skin.

Tip 5 - Throughout the year, treat your dog for ticks and fleas. Bug bites can make the skin itchy and inflamed.

Effective Solutions to Your Dog's Flea and Tick Problems

Pawsh Wash carries a variety of flea and tick medications, from topical treatments to all-natural approaches. Get effective, non-toxic, chemical-free solutions that are safe for you, your pet, your house, and your yard!

Quality Products Help Fight Fleas and Ticks


Keep a Close Eye on Your Pet

Tip 1 - Remember to treat your pet for infestations once a month, year round.


Tip 2 - Inspect your pet regularly. Signs that your dog or cat might be infected include constant scratching and visible skin irritation.


Combing through your pet's coat gives you a better look at both the coat and the skin. Using a fine-toothed comb can help you determine the severity of the infection.


Regular washing helps


Tip 3 - Bathe your pet often. Keeping your animal clean will remove flea saliva, which can irritate the skin, and make it easier to spot the invaders.


Once you know there's an infestation, a flea shampoo offers a quick remedy. But remember that treating the animal alone may not solve the problem. You may have to treat your house as the fleas may have made their way inside.


Tip 4 - Monitor the condition of your pet's skin. Dry and itchy skin is an ideal environment for fleas, while a well-balanced diet rich in omegas can help maintain healthy skin and a clean coat.



8 Easy Steps for Your Pet's Bath

Pawsh Wash has broken your pet's bath down into 8 steps that will make cleaning more enjoyable and successful. We want your dog to be not only truly clean but feeling good, too!

Leave your pet in our good hands, and we'll call you when your dog is clean and ready to be picked up!


Essential Communication With Your Pet's Bather is Step 1

Step 1 - Checking in: When you check in at Pawsh Wash, be sure to let us know about any conditions or sensitivities your dog may have. We'll talk to you about your dog's needs, feel the coat for mats, check for fleas, and examine the condition of the skin and coat.


From brushing out to bath

Step 2 - Brushing out:

In the washroom, we will brush to remove excess hair. A good brushing helps make the bath more effective.


Step 3 - Ear cleaning: Clearing a dog's ears of dirt and wax is important. After the cleaning, we will place cotton balls in them to protect the ears during the bath itself.


Step 4 - Washing: We rinse dirt and debris from your pet's coat with oatmeal-based and soap-free shampoos and conditioners.


Drying, trimming, and more

Step 5 Towel drying: Using a towel reduces blow dryer time.


Step 6 - Nail trimming: Right after the bath, nails are easier to see and are softer from soaking in the tub.


Step 7 - Blow drying: We use high-velocity blowers to quickly remove the water from your pet's coat.


Step 8 - Final brushing: We finish with a brushing to remove extra hair and brush out tangles. A finishing spray and bandana says your pet is ready to go!