Dog Grooming Tips Part 2
All dogs need grooming, but some dog breeds need a lot more grooming than others.
Because dog grooming is one of the most tedious jobs a dog owner does, when choosing a pet first determine if you have the time and patience to care for one with a coat that needs regular combing and grooming. If not, then you should get a dog that needs no special attention when it comes to grooming. Good grooming practices are essential for maintaining not only your dog’s appearance but are also necessary for his/her health.
Brush your pet thoroughly every day. This helps keep his or her hair in good condition by removing dirt, spreading the natural oils throughout the coat, preventing tangles from forming, and keeping the skin clean and free from irritation.
Long coats need brushing several times each week.
Non-shedding coats need clipping on a regular basis to keep their coat and skin healthy. These dogs also need to have their ear hair removed.
Silky coats need a lot of grooming. The dead hair has to be removed to prevent the dog from getting mats. Wiry coats need hand stripping, usually twice a year, or clipping regularly.
Smooth coats are the easiest to groom. A comb is all you really need.
Nails Trim your dog’s nails at least once per month. Use a nail clipper designed specifically for the kind of companion animal you have. Ears Ear care is an important part of grooming. Ear infections can be painful, and may lead to permanent hearing loss. Check your dog’s ears twice per month.
Teeth Dog’s teeth can get cavities and develop periodontal disease, so their teeth should be cleaned with a pet toothpaste at least twice per week.
Bathing Dogs only need bathing when they are dirty. Frequent bathing dries out the skin and leads to itching, bacterial skin infections and skin rashes. Use a mild dog shampoo.
The head should be shampooed last, paying particular care to ensure that no shampoo gets into his eyes, ears, and nose. Removing the shampoo is the most important part of bathing dogs, so be sure to rinse several times with warm water.
Towel dry by blotting and pressing the towel against the coat. Be sure to brush him or her before each bath in order to get all of the mats out of the coat first.
Dogs Dry one area at a time. Comb the coat through before drying to make sure there are no tangles or mats.