All dog owners would want to have a great looking dog. A healthy and good looking pet is believed to have a caring and responsible owner. The overall appearance of the dog may be done by a professional groomer and not the result of the painstaking effort of the owner. Professional groomer’s fees though may be too high for a dog owner with modest means. A dog owner determined to keep the dog looking good and healthy can learn how to groom the dog by following these basic grooming tips.

As any dog owner would attest, a dog that is not accustomed to being groomed would make the chore very difficult. Dog owners socialize and housebreak the pet but grooming routines that includes bathing, brushing, cleaning the ears, teeth and eyes as well as nail trimming are oftentimes not introduced to the pet. It is inherent for dogs to resist capture thus it would struggle and resist being groomed. Restricting the movements of the pet for a grooming routine will be viewed by the dog as being captured thus it put up a good fight and make what should be an easy task very difficult. The dog will only allow being groomed if it is accustomed to have the body parts touched by the owner.

Dog owners should make sure that the pet has the right grooming tools and supplies. Grooming is necessary for all breeds of dogs but there is no one size fits all grooming tools as dogs have different breed characteristics. The owner has to choose the combs and brushes that will fit the type of fur of the dog. A dog owner needs to stock on grooming supplies of the pet as human shampoos, conditioner and especially toothpaste must not be used on the dog.

Short haired dogs need very minimal brushing but long haired dogs have to be brushed daily. Frequent bathing is not a necessity for dogs. Frequent bathing should be avoided to prevent disturbing the balance of the natural oils that keeps the skin healthy.

Daily eye cleaning should be easy as all it takes is to remove the gunk from the eyes with a warm towel. A once a week ear cleaning would be enough for prick eared breeds but droopy eared dogs and those that work in the water must have more frequent ear cleaning. Teeth cleaning must be done once or twice a week. This grooming routine ensures the fresh breath of the pet and also wards off periodontal diseases that would necessitate costly vet visits.

Find out more about dog grooming and why you need to groom your dog at Sarah’s Dogs.

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