Grooming your dog is a vital part of being a good dog owner. And while dogs vary in their grooming needs, every dog can benefit from regular upkeep. Proper dog grooming helps keep rogue dog hairs under control, prevents tangles, maintains your dog’s glossy coat, minimizes offending pet odors, and helps strengthen the bond you share with your dog.

With a little preparation and a fair amount of patience, you can get your dog looking (and smelling) his best. Here’s the low-down on how to groom your dog—the right way.

Five signs that your dog needs grooming

Unsure if your pooch needs a little primping? Look for these 5 telltale signs.