Dogs are Friends's Blog

Best Dog Grooming Tips
July 16, 2009, 2:10 pm
Filed under: Pets | Tags: , , , ,

Grooming is something that is part of being a responsible dog owner. Some dogs love it, where as some act like it is worst thing on earth. I have put together a list of some grooming tips I have picked up over the years. Enjoy!

Grooming is necessary if you want your dog to remain healthy and happy. As you groom your dog, be sure to pay close attention to their body. Check for fleas and ticks as you brush and comb their coat or as you give them their bath. Also look for any abnormal lumps or bumps, discoloration of the skin, unusual bruises, scratches or breaks in the skin. If you notice your pet experiencing unusual tenderness or sensitivity in a particular area that is uncommon, take your pup to the vet as soon as possible.

The breed of your dog determines the grooming procedures you will need to practice regularly. For example, a dog with a short and stiff coat will not need to be brushed or combed nearly as much as a dog with a long and luxuriant coat. However, dogs with short hair often enjoy being brushed, and it also stimulates their skin and circulation, as well as evenly distributes their skin’s natural oils throughout the coat.

If your dog has a long or particularly thick coat, combing and brushing can be a little bit more complex. First, begin by gently running through your pup’s coat with a wide-toothed comb. If their coat is heavily matted, use a dematting comb. If you are unable to untangle a small section of their hair, sometimes it is best to simply the coat right beneath the tangle.

Next, follow the thorough combing with a brush. This will increase the shine and luster of your pup’s coat, and most pets really enjoy being brushed. Be sure to brush and comb in the direction of their hair growth; brushing in the opposite direction will only cause severe tangles, thus defeating the whole purpose of grooming.

Dental health is an important part in keeping your dog healthy and clean. Doggie toothbrushes and toothpaste can easily be purchased at nearly any pet supply company. Simply put the toothpaste on the toothbrush, gently pry open your dog’s mouth with your thumb and forefinger, and brush! If your dog does not take well to teeth brushing, consider getting your dog special chew toys and chew bites that aid in the removal of tartar and plaque from your pup’s teeth.

Keeping your pet healthy and well groomed should always be a priority for any pet owner. The frequency of grooming your dog is dependent on them…some dogs require grooming more often than others. Once you begin to practice grooming your dog, you will get a feel of when Spot needs to be bathed, brushed, combed and trimmed again. By keeping your dog healthy, you are keeping them happy!

Once they are clean, reward them with dog beds, dog doors, or dog steps.