Dog Grooming 101

Every caring dog owner should know what needs to be done when it comes to grooming their pet. That´s why we´ve put this short grooming guideline together to get you started.

First Steps to Grooming Your Dog
Proper grooming can help you prevent both problems and disease. For example, it is important to understand how to maintain your dog´s coat, trim his nails and keeping his face and his ears clean.

Coat Maintenance
Maintaining your dog´s coat has to do with proper brushing, bathing, and drying. Your dog most likely won´t need to bathe your dog daily – unless he gets into something he shouldn´t! (Besides, excessive bathing can lead to overly dry skin which can be a real problem of its own)

It´s always a good idea to brush your dog regularly. Think of it like giving your pet a regular mini-massage. It feels good! Make a point of brushing your dog right before a bath to get rid of any loose hair – it´ll make the bathing (and clean up process) easier on you, as well. There are many different kinds of brushes and combs you could use. Choose one that is suitable for your dog´s breed and the thickness and length of his fur.

When bathing your dog, always use shampoos and conditioners designed for dogs.  Make a point of getting all the things you´ll need together before you get started: towels, shampoo, hairdryer, brush, etc. This will save you from having to leave your dog alone in the bath (Keep in mind, if you leave your wet dog alone, it won´t take but a few minutes for your bathroom to look like a cyclone hit it!)

Once you´re finished bathing your dog, towel him down good then turn the hair dryer on low, so you don´t burn his skin, and gently run one hand through your dog´s fur while you use the other to dry it.

Cleaning Your Dog´s Face & Ears
Use a damp washcloth to wipe away any eye crust and keep your pet´s face clean. If your dog has floppy ears, it´s especially important to check his ears regularly for mites or other parasites. Use a soft cotton swab to gently clean the inner portion of the ear (without pushing too far into the ear canal).

Trimming Your Dog´s Nails
It´s important to get your dog used to this procedure right from the start. You´ll want to use special clippers designed just for this purpose and only clip the end of the nails, below the quick. Make sure you have a firm hold of your dog´s paw before you begin clipping. If you don´t he may try to jerk away and this could end in injury.