Good Dog grooming will help your dog look and feel his best. Routine dog grooming sessions also allow you to examine your dog’s coat, teeth, eyes, ears, and nails for signs of problems. How often you need to groom your dog depends on his size, dog breed and type of coat.
BASIC DOG GROOMING
The most important thing to remember is that you want your dog to enjoy or at least not hate the grooming process. Start slowly, with one thing at a time, and be sure to give your dog plenty of treats during and after each task.
For the part your dog hates the most (usually the blow dryer), I would suggest you save your dog’s favorite treat and only give it to them after you’re done. You will find they have the motivation to tolerate that part of the process because they know their favorite treat is coming and that’s the only time they get to enjoy it.
Regular dog grooming is an important part of responsible dog care, even if it may seem like your dog is taking care of those needs by himself. Well if you don’t have a routine set, start small. Attempt one task each time. Brush one day. Then bathe the next. And trim the nails on yet another day. But the shorter you can keep each session, the better.
Breaking the Dog Grooming process up into several different sessions has been a lifesaver; it truly makes it more tolerable for him.
Several sessions of Brushing a week will keep the average dog neat and clean; daily attention is even better. Brush Dog all the way down to the skin, letting the massaging action stimulate blood circulation and loosen and remove flakes of dandruff.
Every dog needs at least occasional brushing. Yes, even your short-haired dog. Most short haired dog shed at least a little bit. Using the right brush can remove loose hair and spread your dog’s natural oils through his coat for a healthy shine.
The kind of equipment you need in brushing depends on your dog’s coat texture and length. Long haired dog need pin brushes, which have long, round ended stainless steel or chrome plated pins. Small, short, medium, and also some long coated dog breeds need bristle brushes. Moreover there are many slicker brushes available in market for removing mats and dead hair; rubber curry combs to polish smooth coats and remove dead hair; clippers, stripping knives, rakes, hair dryers, and also other dog grooming tools.
- Brushing is necessary for your dog grooming.
- Check for ticks as you brush
- Well you may notice the bugs themselves or small black flecks.
- Determine how often you need to brush
- Most small/short coats dog require weekly brushing, but longer coats may require daily attention.
- For smooth, short coats
- Use for him a rubber brush, then a bristle brush, and then polish with a chamois cloth.
- For short, dense coats
- Mostly use a slicker brush to remove tangles, followed by a bristle brush.
- For long coats
- Use a slicker brush which is easily available in market to remove tangles and be very gentle when removing mats. Then follow it with a bristle brush.
- Don’t forget the tail and feet of dog.
- Moreover, particularly for dog with longer coats.
Your dog should have regular, but not frequent, baths, depending on the breed and coat of your dog. Too-frequent washing remove natural oils and cause the dog coat to become dry and harsh.
When necessary, use a mild shampoo formulated for dog bathing. Stand the dog in a tub or basin, and put cotton balls in his ears and a couple of drops of mineral oil in dog eyes. Wet your dog with warm water and apply shampoo from the neck back.Moreover after lathering and scrubbing, rinse your dog thoroughly with warm water. Rub dog vigorously with a towel and then blow-dry if necessary. Comb or brush as required.
- Bathing is necessary for your dog grooming.
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- Regulate how often your dog needs a bath
- Based on the weather and your dog’s recent activities, you may want to bathe your dog every one to three weeks.
- Use a dog shampoo
- Dog’s skin is different from humans, so you want to ensure the shampoo is mild enough to avoid dog irritation.
- Start by brushing
- This will make the bathing process easier and also more effective.
- Use a bath mat.
- If your pup is in the tub, this helps prevent slipping.
- Add lukewarm water
- Be careful not to burn your dog or make it too cold, and only use about 3 to 4 inches in the tub.
- Don’t spray directly in the nose, eyes, or ears
- Rinse well
- One of the most common grooming mistakes is not properly removing all of the shampoo, leaving it on the skin to irritate your dog.
- Check the ears
- Do you notice any foul odors or a lot of debris? Consult your vet
- Use a low heat setting on the blow dryer
- Moreover a dryer can be an productive way to keep your dog from making everything in your house wet as he dries, but be careful not to burn your pup. You can also help keep it safe by not pointing it directly at your pup, but a little to the side instead.
- Try a bath toy
- However, if your dog is overexcited and mouthy during bath time, it may redirect some of that attention onto something else.
Dog Nails must be kept short for the feet to remain healthy. Long nails of dog interfere with the dog’s gait, making walking awkward or painful. They can also break easily. This usually happens at the base of the nail, where blood vessels and nerves are located, and precipitates a trip to the veterinarian. If you can hear the nails clicking on the floor, they’re too long.
Trimming is necessary for your dog grooming. Nails that grow too long can make it difficult for your dog to walk and run properly. Once their nails grow long enough to curl under, your dog could snag or even break off a nail. Dog nail trimming prevents these types of injuries so your dog can run with joy, not pain.
Nail Trimming Tips
- Trim dog nails, use a specially designed clipper.
- Even the best professional groomers nick dogs from time to time, so be prepared for the possibility that you may injure your dog. Moving animals plus sharp scissors and clipper blades are a scary combination.
- Keep clipper blades flat against the skin. Be especially careful at skin edges like the edges of the ears, armpits, and the area where the back legs meet the body.
- Most have safety guards to prevent you from cutting the nails too short.
- You want to trim only the nail ends, before the “quick” which is a blood vessel inside the nail.
- Clip only the hook-like part of the nail that turns down.
- Many dogs dislike having their nails trimmed.
- You can also make it a painless process by getting your dog used to having his feet handled in puppy hood.
- Start dog trimming gently, a nail or two at a time, and your dog will learn that you’re not going to hurt him.
If you accidentally cut the quick, stop the dog bleeding with some styptic powder. If you find it impossible to clip your dog nail, take him to a veterinarian or groomer.
Some dog breeds (like bulldog) have skin folds on their face that need to be kept clean and dry. Washing your dog face is necessary for your dog grooming. Otherwise, you could be increasing your dog’s risk for dermatitis or infection caused by bacteria. Cleaning your dog’s face is as simple as using a baby wipe or warm washcloth. If you notice redness or bumps in between the skin folds, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible.
You must clean your dog ears once a month, more if he’s prone to ear problems. Clean the outer part of the dog ear only, using a damp cloth or a cotton swab soaked in mineral oil. Never force anything into the ear. Some dog mostly need the hair plucked just inside the ear to keep air circulating; ask your veterinarian if this is necessary for your dog grooming.
Clean slight discharges with a moist cotton ball. Do not put anything irritating in your dog’s eyes.Dog’s eyes are a extremely delicate and sensitive part. Well if your dog eyes look: dirty, present eye discharge or ulcers, appear itchy, you need to make sure that you address the situation. Taking care and cleaning out a dog eye boogers can be a difficult process, and therefore needs to be done with extreme care.
Many dog breeds have hair that grows in the corner of their eyes. This needs to be trimmed regularly to prevent it from growing long enough to irritate dog eyes. You must trim it using round-tipped shears, clippers with a blade, or small electric trimmers.
Clean your dog teeth frequently with special toothbrushes and toothpaste designed for dogs. If your dog balks at having his teeth brushed, get him used to it by rubbing his teeth and gums with your finger. Well then put a little of the toothpaste on your finger and let him sniff and lick it; do the same with the toothbrush. Make sure to provide chew toys that will help clean dog teeth. Moreover as your dog gets older, he may have a buildup of tartar that requires special cleaning by a veterinarian.
Anal sacs are situated on each side of your dog’s anus; they are glands that exude scent when your dog has a bowel movement. If you notice your dog moment, scooting along on his rear or licking or scratching his anus, he may have impacted anal sacs. Ask your veterinarian how to treat an dog anal sac problem.