Dog Grooming Tips And Tricks

A well groomed dog is his owner’s pride. I’m sure you know what I mean.

Taking your dog to a professional groomer is very good, but why miss out on bonding with your dog and knowing more about your dog's body.

Also, wouldn’t you just love to take your dog on walks and show him off to your friends every chance you get?

Well, there would be no show-off if your dog isn’t well groomed.

Yes, dogs come in different shapes and sizes. Some have thick fur, while others don’t. All the same, they need to be well groomed.

And trust me, asides the adorable fun and you saving some money, your dog's mood will be high as a kite.

If you want to learn how to properly groom your dog, then keep reading as I will be giving you some dog grooming tips and tricks.

These tips will help you keep your dog breathtakingly handsome.

Read on!

Brush your Dog's Fur

Brushing your Dog's Fur

Before you start your dog's spa routine, the first grooming tip is to brush your dog's fur.

I know you are asking why:

Because we humans just jump right into the shower.

But dogs are different.

Grooming your dog's fur with a comb or brush will help remove dead hair, tangled hair, and mats, and will make bathing easier, faster and less painful for your dog.

Regular grooming of your dog's hair will also keep his body in great condition by removing dirt and spread your dog's natural oils throughout his coat for a healthy shine.

Brushing your dog is also one of the best times to check for fleas and ticks. It is recommended that you brush your dog's at least once a week.

Bear in mind that the way you brush your dog, the type of brush to use and how often greatly depends on your dog's coat type.

Here are a few things you should do should consider before brushing your dog's fur:

  • For Smooth, Short Coats; if your dog has a smooth, short coat like a Jack Russell, Boston Terrier or Chihuahua, it is recommended that you brush his coat once a week. Use a Rubber Curry Brush to remove dead skin and dirt and followed with Bristle Brush to remove dead hair.
  • Short, Dense Coats: If your dog has a short, dense coat like that of a retriever, it is recommended that you brush his coat a week because it mats easily. Use a Bristle Brush to get debris and dead hair out. Then use a Slicker Brush to remove tangles.
  • Long, Silky Coats: If your dog has a long, silky coat, like a Tibetan Terrier or Yorkshire terrier, daily hair brushing is more than required. Every day you should use firstly run your fingers through your dog’s coat to loosen any matted hair, use a Slicker Brush to remove tangles and then use a Bristle Brush to brush his coat.  Don't forget to comb his coat including his tail and feet gently.

Bathing your Dog

Bathing your Dog

After brushing your dog's fur with the right tools, it's time to bathe your dog clean.

Most dogs don't like bathing.

But you know better than your dog.

Bathing your dog keeps the coat and skin healthy, free of dirt and all kinds of parasites as well as skin irritations.

It keeps his skin fresh and gives him a very pleasant smell. Nobody including you wants to be around a smelly dog.

It is recommended that you bathe your dog at least once every month, but some may require more frequent baths if the dog spends a lot of time outdoors or has skin problems.

Dogs with oily coats like the Labrador Retriever and Basset Hound might need to be bathed once a week.

Dogs with thick double coats like the Australian Shepherd and Malamutes require fewer baths and a lot of brushing.

Dogs with water repellent coats like the Otterhound and Great Pyrenees should be bathed less often to preserve their natural oil.

Here are some tips for bathing your dog:

  • Put your dog in a tub or sink that's been filled with about three to four inches of lukewarm water. Don't use hot water as it could burn most dogs easily.
  • Use a spray hose, large plastic pitcher or an unbreakable cup to completely wet your dog. Be careful not to spray or pour water directly in his ears, eyes or nose.
  • Gently massage dog shampoo from head to tail, and be careful not to get shampoo into his eyes and ears. Don't use human shampoo as some might have fragrances or other ingredients that can irritate your dog's skin.
  • Protect your dog's ears by placing a large cotton ball in each ear until the bath is over.
  • Now rinse your dog well as any soap left can irritate your dog's skin once he's dry. Rinse as many times as possible taking your time to work your hands through his fur.
  • Dry your dog completely with a large towel thoroughly and gently massaging the towel on his fur. Now, you've got your dog all cleaned up and smelling like a sweet fruit.

Shower Hack For Dog Owners :

When you place your dog in the tub, you can spread some peanut butter on the side of the wall he is facing. He will be distracted by it, and it will be easier for you to give him his bath.

This will also make him excited next time you want to give him a bath, knowing that he’ll have some peanut butter to flirt with.

Dental Care (Brushing his Teeth)

brushing dog teeth

Your dog's mouth care is just as important as yours. Brushing your dog's teeth daily keeps your dog's teeth strong and mouth healthy away from deadly bacteria.

Most dog owners find it tough to do it daily so you can go two to three times per week. If you can do it every day, all the better.

Plaque-forming foods can cause build-up on a dog's teeth as well which could potentially lead to gingivitis and tooth loss.

So be careful what you feed him. Here are some tips you should bear in mind in order to care for your dog's mouth properly:

  • Don't ever use human toothpaste. Kinds of toothpaste made for dogs are designed to be swallowed so you get what I'm saying. Fluoride in human toothpaste is dangerous to your dog. Don't harm your dog.
  • Start with a finger brush and softly touch your dog’s teeth. When your dog gets a bit more comfortable with you touching his mouth, move your finger in soft, circular motions over the front of his teeth and gums.
  • Introduce a toothbrush designed especially for a dog. These toothbrushes are smaller than human toothbrushes and have softer bristles. You can also use toothbrushes that can be worn over your finger which gives a great massage to your dog's gums.
  • Place the brush or your gauze-wrapped finger at a 45-degree angle to the teeth and clean in small, circular motions. Work on one area of your dog's mouth at a time, lifting his lip as required. The side of the tooth that touches the cheek usually has the most tartar, and giving it one final downward stroke can help to remove it.
  • Make sure you raise your pet’s lips and examine his gums and teeth once a week. Your dog's gums should be pink, not white or red, and should show no signs of swelling. His teeth should be clean, without any brownish tartar. Look out for bad breath, missing or loose teeth, and increased salivation as well.
  • If you are unable or unwilling to brush your dog's teeth every day or two, look for an alternative, such as special dental chews or a food/water additive. Reach out to your vet for recommendations.
  • Another trick to keep your dog's teeth clean is to give your dog dry food. Crunchy kibble is far better for your dog’s dental health than soft food. Soft food tends to stick to your dog's teeth and cause decay.

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Eye Care

dog eye care

Your dog's wide and beautiful eyes are the windows to his soul. Taking care of those windows is essential to movement and overall health.

If those windows are dirty or irritated, this could spell trouble.

Regular home eye checks for inflammation, tearing or cloudiness that may indicate a health problem should be your priority.

Here are some tips to keep you ahead of checking your dog's eyes:

  • Perform a visual check. Face your dog in a brightly lit place and look into his eyes for signs of redness, swelling, or any unusual discharge in the corners of his eyes. The eyes should be clear and bright, and the lining should be pink and healthy.
  • Gently wipe his eyes with a damp cotton ball to keep them grime-free. Wipe outward from the inner corner of the eye and do it with caution so you don't harm his eyes.
  • Long-haired breeds can get eye damage due to untrimmed locks. So carefully trim the hair around your dog’s eyes to keep his vision clear and prevent hairs from poking and scratching.
  • Soaps and topical medications can irritate your dog's eyes greatly so make sure you protect his eyes before bathing or using ointment.
  • Keep your dog safely inside the car away from open windows. If you must open the window, keep it partially down as debris and insects can irritate his eyes.

Dog Ear Care

dog ear care

Part of your dog's grooming routine is taking good care of his ears.

Your dog's ears are very sensitive and regular maintenance can prevent infections. In fact, ear infections are part of the top three reasons dogs are taken to the vet.

Yes, it is very serious.

Check your dog's ears weekly if you can. Here are a few tips to help you clean your dog's ears properly;

  • It is recommended that you clean out your dog’s ears at least once a month. Don’t clean your dog’s ears so frequently or deeply as this could cause irritation.
  • Most dogs don't like their ears being cleaned so you are going to have to work with them gently. Motivate your dog by associating food or treats with the process.
  • If your dog’s inner ears are dirty, clean them with a cotton ball or piece of gauze dampened with mineral oil, hydrogen peroxide or a liquid ear cleaner specially formulated for this purpose.
  • Fold your pet’s ear back gently and wipe away any debris or earwax that you can see on the underside of his or her ear. Ensure you take out the wax or dirt and not simply smear it on the body of his inner ear.
  • If the cotton ball comes out gooey or stinky, your dog could have an ear infection and should be taken to the vet.  Check your dog’s ears often for discharge, odor, swelling and other signs of infection. If you notice any, off to the vet you go.

Dog Nails Care

dog nail care

Regular and proper nail maintenance of your dog can spike up the levels of your dog's health. Unhealthy nails can cause pain for dogs.

Once your dog's nails are too long, you need not be told what next to do. There are two basic styles of nail clippers for dogs: a scissors type and a guillotine type. They are both efficient so choose the design that you are good with.

Here are a few tips that can help you in trimming your dog's nails;

  • If your dog is not really fond of nail trimming, distract him with food or treats so you can get the job done.
  • Inspect your dog’s feet. Look out for dirt and debris on the paw and between toes.
  • Cut a little bit of nail with each pass until you can see the beginning of a circle—still nail-colored—appear on the cut surface. That means you should stop.
  • After the nails have been cut, use an emery board to smooth any rough edges. Nails as neat as a clean whistle ready to walk the earth!

Dog Grooming FAQs

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At what age should I start grooming my dog?

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Wrapping Up..

Grooming your dog is definitely more than aesthetics or cosmetics. It's making sure your dog is healthy physically as the opposite can affect your dog's overall health.

Dogs often become nervous during the grooming process as they are unfamiliar with it so the best way to make sure your dog remains calm is to establish a regular grooming routine as early on in his life as possible.

Pet your dog to make him feel comfortable or offer some nice treats to encourage co-operation and in due time, he'll get used to it.

Take your time to groom your dog, but if you feel it's too much for you or you wouldn't have the time, take your dog to the best professional groomer near you.

A properly groomed dog is a happy, healthy and dashing dog and who doesn't like a dog with all three qualities!

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