Should You Wash Your Dog Yourself or Hire a Professional?

It should be important to you to keep your dog clean and healthy, and washing your dog regularly is a great way to improve your dog’s quality of life.

You might think that given your dog a washing at home offers them the same kind of results as if you took them to a professional, but this is not always the case. We are seeing more people use professional pet care companies these days rather than cleaning the dogs on their own, and we want to point out a few reasons why that is often better than doing the job yourself.

Your Dog’s Breed

Some breeds of dog need a bit more care than others do, and that means that they can benefit more from professional care. If you try to clean a dog who has a thick, long coat, you may find yourself overwhelmed by all the work. The matted fur, dreadlocks and knots can make for difficult grooming, and breeds like terriers, Yorkies, Maltese’s and poodle cross breeds can all have these problems. Some breeds tend to build up a lot of gunk near their eyes or have nails that are tough to clip. Others with lots of hair can have some ear irritation, and these kinds of issues can be tough to deal with on your own. You may want to leave the work to a professional.

The Equipment Available

You might be tempted to wash your dog on your own, but the space you have available may not permit it. You’ll want to use a large tub for larger dogs, ensuring that you can clean them without any restriction, and many people simply don’t have big enough bathing spaces for that. Professionals will use specially designed washing equipment and large tubs for massive dogs to ensure that every part of them gets cleaned thoroughly. They will also use equipment that gently cleans and dries the skin, pampering your dog and lowering the risk of irritation.

The Right Experience

One of the best reasons to choose a qualified groomer is because they will have experience in how to clean different kinds of dogs and how to clean effectively and thoroughly. They can also note any issues your dog may have that are tough to pick upon, such as signs of injury or flea infections.

Lack of Time

You may not have enough item to clean your dog the way you want to as often as you would like. If your schedule is too busy to accommodate a thorough cleaning, then leaving the washing to the professionals will be best for everyone. You want to know that your dog is being cared for and getting decent care, and that often means letting someone else handle the cleaning.

You may not be able to afford to have your dog bathed professional on a regular basis, so you may want to opt for cleaning on your own sometimes and using a professional other times. If you alternate, you can be sure your pet is getting proper care every so often and you can still save some money.