Dog Grooming Made Easy
Dog Grooming is an important part of your dog’s basic needs.
Dogs don’t require bathing as often as we do but a good brush out and tidy up can help your them look and feel their best.
Different breeds may use different grooming tools. Some dogs may have skin allergies and other conditions which may require Veterinary advice.
However basic dog grooming can start with:
Choose the right tool which can make a grooming session enjoyable for both your pet and yourself.
If you have a long haired dog daily brushing will help to prevent matting and tangling of hair.
Medium haired dogs can also mat and tangle, so weekly brushing should keep the coat well maintained.
Short haired dogs cans still shed hair and can also be brushed or stripped weekly or may be able to go longer between grooming sessions if not shedding too much.
It doesn’t matter what type of hair they have, it can be a good bonding time together.
Daily brushing is a great way to help prevent hair build up and excess shedding, it also helps keep grooming to a short session which is better for both of you.
Dog Brushes and Combs
Slicker Brush– Breaks up tangles and mats from medium to long hair.
Bristle Brush- Bristle type brushes can vary from soft to firm and from long to short, will work well with most hair types.
Wire pin brushes– Best to use on medium to long hair dogs.
Rakes– Use on heavy coated dogs also breaks up mats.
Shedding tools– Has special teeth that removes excess hair and reduces shedding.
Combs– Great to finish with after brushing and to comb through long ears and tails.
Some of us have a fear of hurting our dogs whilst trimming their nails. Most dogs dislike having their paws handled and can develop a real disliking to it once they experience pain. The best way to avoid this is to learn how to trim nails correctly and by getting your dog used to touching her paws.
There are a few different nail clippers available for your breed of dog. Look at: how to trim your dogs nails at home
Scissor like trimmers– work best on small dogs with delicate nails.
Claw style– Cut in a scissor like way but are spring loaded.
Filing tools– Will grind down nails gradually and leave a smooth edge; you can also use an emery board on small breeds.
A monthly bath is usually sufficient for most dogs but if you need to bath more often it’s not considered harmful. Try and use a soap free shampoo that is made for dogs, unless you need a specific Veterinary recommended shampoo for skin conditions. Bath time can be fun for the dog and the owner if done regular from the time you bring your puppy home, makes the whole bath time easier to manage.
Oatmeal Shampoo– Use for soothing itchy and irritated skin.
Natural Shampoo– Is chemical free and may contain herbs to help make a nice looking coat.
Medicated Shampoo– To help with skin allergies and other skin conditions can be purchased in most pet stores and also by Vet.
Conditioners– After shampooing use conditioner to keep coats shiny and moisturized and tangle free.
- Ear Care
Some dogs may never have any problems with their ears but if not kept clean they can develop bacteria or yeast infections. Many ear problems are a sign of allergies. Dogs with long ears or long hair covering their ears and don’t have as much air exposure can develop problems if not cared for.
If your dog has a foul odor or debris in his ears, a trip to the vet may be necessary and may prescribe special ear cleaner or medication.
Ear cleanser-Can help to rinse and clean the ear canal.
Ear powder– Will help dry the ear canal that has excess hair and wax to prepare for plucking.
Ear medications-Helps to keep ears free from ear mites and infections available by prescription from your local vet.
Hemostats– Used to pluck excess hair from ears but only use if you have been trained to use them.
- Hair clippers
Dog groomers and pet owners often use electric clippers to give their dogs a neat cut. Some dogs may need to be totally shaved due to matting or just clipped more regular. Experienced groomers may use scissors to tidy up after a clipper session. If you are not trained using scissors use clippers instead.
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