Walk and Talk Series | Winter Grooming Tips

Last Sunday we held our February Fetch & Follow walk around east London's Victoria Park, joined by expert groomer Serena from Lead the Walk. While the dogs played we discussed all things grooming related.
Below are Serena's Top Tips for keeping your dogs fur looking its best during the winters months.
  • Before washing your dog, make sure that you’ve de-matted their coat first, as mats will tighten when immersed in water, making them more difficult to remove afterwards.

  • Dried sleep and gunk is easier to remove from the corner of your dogs eye when wet. Instead of trying to remove when dry or resorting to scissors, gently run a little warm water from a shower head over your dogs muzzle or use a moist cotton wool pad to soften the gunk. Once wet, gently and slowly use your finger or a clean damp face cloth to remove the offending gunk.

  • With any new puppy, get them used to you touching their legs, feet and tail, as well as standing on a table and running your fingers between their teeth and gums. This will benefit you, your groomer and your vet as your puppy gets older as they will not find this activity unusual or frightening.

  • When using eye and ear wipes, make sure you use a separate wipe for each side even if the wipe appears clean to avoid transferring bacteria from one to the other.

  • Feed your dog the best quality dog food you can afford as this will not only improve their digestion and overall health but improve the condition their skin and coat too.

  • MALIN+GOETZ Event | Wag for Swag 18th October

    Malin and Goetz Fetch and Follow

    Need to tame those winter fly-a-ways, soothe dry scalp, and moisturize those frizzy ends and that’s just your dogs fur? Don’t let the change of season ruin your or your dogs flowing mane this winter!

    Join MALIN+GOETZ and FETCH & FOLLOW on Thursday 18th October for an evening of grooming and pampering at MALIN+GOETZ ‘s Seven Dials shop.
    Enjoy craft drinks from our friends at Longflint drinks co. and discover Malin+Goetz haircare essentials along with complimentary dog grooming advice for your dog from our expert groomer friend Serena. You will also be able to shop the latest collection from FETCH & FOLLOW
    Plus there will be a free gift with every purchase on the night
    The event is FREE to attend and will be taking place
    6.30-8.30pm Thursday 18th October
    We look forward to seeing you all there 

    Fetch & Follow Walk and Talk | Top tips from our expert groomer

    On Sunday 16th September our first Fetch & Follow walk and talk started of on a great note!

    We had an amazing time meeting new people and dogs and were delighted to have Serena as our guest expert! We truly admire her grooming expertise and couldn't wish for a better first guest speaker. 

    For those that couldn't make it to the walk and in case any of the participant have missed out on something, here are the top questions asked followed by Serena's top tips;

    How often should I wash my dog?

    "Most dirt on your dogs coat once dry can simply be brushed off. Avoid washing your dog with shampoos as much as possible as they can strip the natural oils out of your dogs coat. I recommend using a natural shampoo such as Paw Naturel as they are kind to your dogs coat and skin."

    What should I use to clean my dogs ears?

    "Avoid cleaning your dogs ears too often as your dog's ear leather can become sensitised. Earthbath ear wipes are a super easy and convenient way to clean a dog's ears. Only use your finger to gentle wipe around in outer ear leather. Never put your finger or any object down into your dog's ear as this can cause pain and potential injury. If your dogs ears have a strong odour or discharge, seek advice for your vet immediately as your dog may have an infection or mite infestation."

    My dog has cracked pads, what should I do?

    "I recommend using natural remedies as much as possible. Pure organic coconut oil is great for your dogs pads and nose in need of hydration."

    How short should my dogs nails be?

    "With the exception of the dew claws, your dog's nails should end just on or slightly above the ground. If they become too long, the nails may curl under causing pain and potential damage to your dogs pads. Dew claws should be kept short to avoid getting snagged and potentially ripped out which is extremely painful."

    Which brush is best for my dog?

    "It is important to understand your dogs coat type and use a brush developed specially for it. For short smooth haired dogs like frenchies, staffies, and mastiffs etc, I always recommend a soft rubber curry brush like the Zoom Groom from Kong. For a wool or wool mix coat, a dematting slicker brush is ideal. For a silk coat, a soft bristle brush and stainless steel comb are a good option. For heavy shedding and double coat breeds, furminators work well, but these should be used with caution to avoid damaging your dogs coat."

    We would like to Thank everyone who came along and joined us for our first Fetch &  Follow Walk and Talk, along with thanking our goodie bag sponsors Malin + Goetz and Pet Teezer.
    The second walk of the series will be taking place on Sunday 21/10/2018. We will be announcing the guest speaker along with taking bookings on the 5/10/2018