There are numerous dog-grooming fundamentals that every dog owner must be aware of and follow. If done frequently, a grooming routine will not just keep a dog’s coat shiny, but the tactile interaction will assist with his socialization. It is also the perfect chance to check for pests like ticks and fleas or any lumps and lesions that may be indicative of health issues.
Before brushing, consider these factors:
- Irrespective of his coat, you should be buying a slick brush with fine, closely spaced wires that are bent or hooked. Such an all-purpose tool is excellent for removing tangles, debris, and mats.
- Knots can be removed in long-haired dogs with a pin brush.
- Bristle brushes are utilized as the final step in smoothing and shining your short-haired dog’s coat.
- Metal combs are excellent for giving a finishing touch to dogs with extra-long coats.
You can begin the grooming session by utilizing the pin or slicker brush for removing debris, dead hair, and tangles. For stubborn snarls, it helps to hold the knot at its root and gently start brushing it out to prevent painful pulling. You can then smooth the coat with the bristle comb or brush. Give the dog a break every now and then to keep the session tolerable.
After thoroughly brushing your pup, it’s time for a bath. You could bath him every two to three weeks unless he got especially dirty. Fill the basin with warm water (check the water temperature with your elbow) and put him on a non-slippery area, re-assuring him in a gentle voice and giving praise. Pour the water gradually over his feet, going up to his collar. Don’t immerse his head until you’ve given him time to get used to the feeling. Only use specially formula dog shampoo to lather his coat. Rinse twice to make sure the suds are out. His head must be washed last. Dogs love to be toweled off, and if he is enduring, you can give the blow dryer a go.
Dog paw care
Dog’s typically don’t like it when you handle their paws, but it is essential to ensure the fur between the pads and their toes are not becoming matted or infected. Check these reviews on
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Grooming your dog’s paws:
- Eliminate any matted hair.
- Trim the fur using scissors so that it is level with the paw.
Trimming his nails:
- Use a dog clipper.
- Trim only the hook of each nail. Avoid trimming into the quick (live portion) of the nail that can draw blood.
- Trim the thumb-like portions on his paws. If they are left to grow, they can curl up and pinch his skin.
During his bath, wash the outside of the ears with water. Always warm the bottle between your hands first. Remove inside wax with an ear-cleaning solution. Remove wax or dirt with a dry cotton ball.
Use a dog toothbrush, gauze, cleaning tool, or sleeve to rub canine toothpaste on the outer sides of your dog’s teeth and gum line.