Helpful Tips on Grooming the Dog

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.

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Tips To Having A Well Groomed Dog

The reason one should groom his/her Dog is simple – your dog’s physical state influences the way he feels and the way you look at your dog. Extreme cases, where lack of proper care, cleaning and grooming can directly affect the behavior of your Dog, are not rare.

Proper grooming not only infuses a healthy glow to your dog’s appearance, but also helps develop his self-esteem; while it makes you a very proud parent, when you show off your Dog to others.

The first step involved in dog grooming is: Brushing!

Brushing has been universally acknowledged by expert dog groomers as the single most important step in grooming.

The benefits of brushing are many. To name a few:

  • Better blood circulation
  • Shinier and healthier coat
  • Better bonding

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Even if you know how crucial brushing is for your Dog’s health and well-being, we all know that there is a right way and a wrong way of doing anything. And without doubt, you would like to do everything the RIGHT way when it comes to your Dog.

Yes, there’s a method to follow while brushing your Dog.

Here are FIVE steps to successfully brushing your Dog that will prove to be extremely useful:

  • Brush against the growth of the hair first with a slicker brush and then with a medium or wide-toothed comb.
  • The slicker brush removes all the loose hair and the comb takes care of the tangles.
  • Brush your Dog along the hair growth and make sure you reach the skin as you brush his way.
  • Then use a flea comb over the coat to get the fleas and remove any remaining tangles. Part the coat and start from the root and then comb through.
  • If your Dog’s paw pads are hairy, then clip them using electric clippers. Do not clip the hair in between the pads. Clip only the excess hair.

Brush your Dog’s hairs to prevent it from matting. Matting can be a very painful experience.

Regular brushing untangles the matted hairs on your Dog’s coat. Since this is a risky job to do, the best way out is to prevent them from forming in the first place. And doing this is simple: just brush and comb your Dog regularly. If and when you see any mats or tangles, use a detangle solution and a medium-toothed comb.

Don’t wait until your Dog is dirty or matted to introduce him to grooming. That would make him associate the experience with unpleasantness. Moreover, many dogs learn to see their routine brushing as an alternate form of petting, i.e. another source of affection and attention.

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