Grooming Your Dog

"PuppyDog's Bath"

PuppyDog's Bathtime

Grooming your dog has a couple of different purposes.  Not only will your pet look nicer if he’s well groomed (just like you), but it will keep him healthy and form a bond between you.  If dog hair gets dirty, matted and tangled the dog is unable to groom himself and his personal hygiene will suffer.

It is best to train your dog to be groomed at an early age, but an untrained dog can still be taught to accept all the attention. Train your pet to get used to his body parts being handled and brushed. You need not go to a professional groomer, but if you don’t have the time or the interest to groom your dog, be sure to select a groomer that handles animals gently.

Here are some things to remember when grooming your dog.

When grooming your dog, make a daily examination of your pet’s body parts. Look out for bumps, hot spots, inflammation, irritation, vegetative matter and parasites like fleas and ticks in his coat. Get rid of fleas by using a fine-toothed comb,  while ticks can be tweezed off.  Make sure that he wears a flea and tick collar or use a spot-on repellent.  Ears should be checked – droop ears are inclined to infection, which can lead to permanent hearing loss. Examine your companion’s pads – dirt, grime, grit and chemicals can get caught that can infect his paws.

"PuppyDog Getting Brushed"

PuppyDog Getting Brushed

Brushing doesn’t only remove mats, it also takes away dead hair, thus eliminating animal odour. Tangles can also be very painful for your dog that may lead to skin inflammation. However, if the hair becomes too matted or tangled, you may need to remove the worst parts with scissors.  Grooming during shedding encourages growth of new coat, so brush well especially after physical exercise.

Nails should be trimmed every month, especially if your dog has a hard time walking.  Dental hygiene can be maintained by using dog toothpaste and toothbrush with soft bristles twice a week,

"PuppyDog Having Teeth Brushed"

PuppyDog Have Teeth Brushed

as well as by giving him hard chews which are good for dogs’ teeth. A damp cotton cloth should be used to remove mucus from your dog’s eyes, and  is also appropriate for cleaning your pet’s face.

When bathing your pet, make sure that you brush away dead hairs first to clear all the mats in his coat. Soak your pet in warm water. Apply a pet shampoo in small amounts. Target areas are the eyes, ears, rectum, toes and under the chin. Avoid getting soapy water in his eyes and ears. You also have an option to apply coat conditioner after bathing. Different breeds require varying bath frequency; consult the local pet grooming shop if you’re not sure how many times you should bath your dog.

Get a good grooming kit for grooming your dog, which includes a brush, nail clippers, combs with differing coarseness of teeth, dog shampoo and conditioner and a cloth.  Never use human shampoos, conditioners or nail clippers.  If you can’t manage the nail clipping yourself, do take your dog to a professional groomer or to your vet.

Grooming your dog is important for your pet’s overall health, and should be carried out regularly. It is also a great opportunity to bond with your dog.

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  1. 1 Lyndon Jeziorski
    2013 May 04

    Dog grooming is not simply an aesthetic bonus for our canine friends. Maintaining a regular grooming schedule will help to keep your dog both happy and healthy. Routine dog grooming will ensure that your dog is free of parasites, has healthy skin and a shiny coat, and has good dental health. Of course, the aesthetic benefits are also a plus. Only a true dog lover wants to be around a dirty, stinky dog with bad breath. Proper dog grooming will bring out the best in man’s best friend. :’

    All the best to you

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