Basic Tips for Grooming Your Dog
Besides good nutrition, proper grooming is the secret to a happy and healthy dog. Whether it’s done in your vet’s clinic, the spa or at home, both you and your pet can together enjoy the results of grooming. If you do it correctly and regularly, you even have a chance to bond with your beloved.
The following are tips that can help you groom your dog lovingly and with perfect sense:
Simply brushing your dog’s coat will rid it of debris, dirt, dead hair and unwanted odors from the hair and skin. At the same time, it spreads the natural oils, making the coat healthier and shinier. This should be followed up with combing with a metal comb that gets down to the skin, allowing you to detect any matts that could be starting to form. Press very gently though, especially if you have a very sensitive dog.
Brushing Teeth Once a Day
Once-a-day brushing is ideal for dogs, but twice or thrice weekly can already make a huge difference. Just make sure you only use toothpaste for dogs though as they can’t spit, and there are ingredients in human toothpaste that could be unsafe for them. If you have a hard time brushing your dog’s teeth, dental sprays and dental chew treats can come in handy.
Trimming the Nails
Like humans, dogs grow nails at different rates. Some need bimonthly trims, while others can wait up to a month and a half in between trimmings. If this is hardly a task you enjoy, just take your dog to the pros, either at a dog spa or a vet clinic.
Cleaning the Ears
All dogs need to have their ears cleaned at least every month. But if your dog has bigger or longer ears than usual, he may need it more often. There are store-bought dog ear cleaning solutions but you can make your own using any of the recipes online.
Washing the Face
There are dog breeds – shar peis, bulldogs, etc. – that have wrinkles and skin folds all over the face. These areas are prone to moisture build-up, which then encourages bacterial growth, dermatitis, and possibly infection. Hence, these areas should always be kept clean and dry. Even eye goop can build up, turn crusty and cause irritation around the corners of the eyes.
Finally, if your dog looks great but is usually not that great-smelling, maybe you should give it a bath on a regular basis. There are lots of doggie towelettes and dry shampoos that you can use. Some even come with moisturizers and conditioners to further enhance the look of your dog’s coat.