Grooming your Pom
The Pomeranian is active but diminutive, needing daily exercise but able to meet its needs with indoor games or short walks. Although it has a warm coat, it is too small and too family-oriented to live as an outdoor dog. Its double coat needs brushing twice weekly, more when shedding.
Poms need brushing about once a week, you cant brush enough! Always wet the fur, as you can damage their coat by dry brushing.
Make grooming pleasant from the get go, the best way to do this is to combine it with attention, treats and/or play.
By brushing your dog out frequently (like once a day or every other day) it will be easy to fully brush him out in a just a few minutes (which also makes it easy and more likely fun for him).
Keep a spritzer bottle handy. Do NOT brush out a coat that is "dry". Static will cause more hair breakage than any single thing . You don't want to wet your dog down, just a very light mist on the surface of the coat helps. You can use just water or water with a minimal amount of some conditioner if you prefer. I use a aerosol coat conditioner (Ice on Ice), if you can get hold of these they are great.
Do NOT use a "slicker" brush unless someone has shown you how to use it properly with a loose wrist, otherwise it pulls out too much undercoat.
Be SURE to comb all the way down to the skin, otherwise you will end up with "felting" at the skin level (when the undercoat mats) and once that happens it is VERY difficult to correct. Running your hand (or a brush) against the direction of hair growth should give you a good idea of how well you've gotten down to the skin).
Don't brush a dirty coat... however, if you have mats to deal with, a bath will make them worse, so deal with mats and then bathe a dog and brush them out after the bath if they are dirty AND matted.
Dealing with mats is almost an art form in some circles, but in general, if you should end up with one, it is probably easiest to massage some water/bath oil into it and see if that loosens it. If you are pretty sure it is too profound for that approach you can cut it lengthwise (that is from the skin coming out toward the end of the dog's hair) then working loose or combing the smaller mats that result. This will protect more of the hair.
Ultimately though, if you dedicate 10 minutes a day to checking your dog out (you wouldn't even need to brush him everyday) you'd likely never see a mat. To check, pay special attention behind and below the ears, around the armpits and between the hind legs. These are the areas most prone.
Also, keep in mind that proper grooming includes checking teeth, ears and toenails. If you are not sure of any of these, ask a breeder or a professional groomer. Please do not attempt to express anal glands if you have not ben shown what to do.
If you are having trouble with any particular area of your dogs grooming, please do contact us.