Home Grooming Tips for Dogs
This article is courtesy of DogTime.com.
Wash, cut, brush and dry. You can keep your dog well-groomed!
If you have seen your dog rub or roll on the rug, or chew and lick at her fur, you have witnessed her attempt at self-grooming. Have you ever tried to give yourself a haircut? Then you know we can all use a little help sometimes, even Fido.
Grooming should be a pleasure
A grooming session could be a challenge for you and your dog, especially if she is excitable or not used to you touching her. Here are some methods to help pave the way for an enjoyable experience for both of you:
Combing and brushing
Dogs naturally gather dirt, grass, weeds, and other irritants in their fur. Brushing or combing regularly will help keep your dog's coat and skin clean and healthy. Different coats require different tools and procedures.
Smooth, short-coat dogs like Chihuahuas, Beagles, or Doberman Pinschers only need a weekly grooming:
Short and/or thick-coated dogs like retrievers and huskies can be prone to matting. Here is a weekly routine to help control those irritating mats:
For a long, luxurious coat, such as that of a Cocker Spaniel, you need to perform some grooming steps each day:
Baths and grooming
Veterinarians and other pet specialists recommend that you bathe your dog at least every three months. Your dogs may require more frequent baths, especially if she spends more time in the yard or outside. Shampoos should be mild and approved for use on dogs to avoid skin irritation.
Follow these simple steps to bathing success:
Many dogs squirm and wriggle during a bath, especially young puppies. Puppies may also nip at you as you try to bathe and brush them. Toys and treats can help redirect their focus during grooming.
As we mentioned earlier, handling your dog from tip to toe to tail from the time they are very young will help you accomplish this sometimes unsettling task. Through gentle massaging and reassurance, you can get your dog used to you touching them in some of the most sensitive areas, including their nails. By doing this for at least two weeks before attempting to trim your dog's nails, they will probably be open to it.
Here are the steps for a successful nail trim:
Some breeds have unique needs
Breeds such as Pugs and Shar-Peis have loose skin and wrinkles. These dogs will require more attention during the grooming process.
First, to prevent grime and even bacteria from becoming a problem, clean in the folds of their skin with damp cotton and then dry well. Keeping these areas dry is also important after a bath or a walk in the rain.
Long droopy ears such as those on a Basset Hound or Cocker Spaniel must be checked weekly for buildups of wax and dirt. A cotton wad with a little water or mineral oil can help keep the ears clean and dry. Drops specifically designed to clean and dry the canal should also be applied for these ear-infection prone dogs. Hair that grows around the canal entrance should be kept trimmed. You can check with a professional groomer or veterinarian for instructions on how to properly and safely do this. Special tools may be available for this unique task.
Source: Adapted from the ASPCA
Image: wsilver / via Flickr
The article originally appeared on DogTime.com.
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