Properly Brushing Your Dog's Coat -
Properly Bathing Your Dog -
Trimming Your Dog's Nails -
Properly Cleaning Your Dog's Ears -
Brushing Your Dog's Teeth -
Cleaning Your Dog's Eyes -
Dog grooming is one of the very basic needs of the dog. It makes the dog feel and look its best. Grooming is the hygienic care and cleaning of the dog, which makes their coat healthier and shinier. This is the best way to get close with your pet and it should be started from the early age of your pet.
The frequency of a dog’s grooming depends on its breed, size and coat. Grooming has few basic steps – Brushing, Bathing, Nail Trimming, Tooth brushing, Ear cleaning and Eye Cleaning.
A regular brushing makes the dog’s coat healthier and beautiful. Most dogs enjoy this. Again the tool and frequency of brushing depends on the coat of the dog. It is very important to find out the perfect tool for your dog’s brushing.
Brushing should be done before you give a bath to your dog, as once the hairs get wet it’s difficult to remove the loose hair. Brushing is the best way to remove dirt, loosen hair and other stuff from the dog’s body. It stimulates blood circulation in dog’s body and allows natural oils to spread throughout its coat. Regular brushing makes dog’s body clean, irritant-free and also help to keep shedding under control. Keep in mind to check for any cuts or scrapes on the dog’s skin carefully, while doing brushing.
Regular bathing is required to keep your dog clean but the frequency again depends on its breed and coat. Very frequent baths are not good, as it removes natural oils and makes dog’s coat dry and harsh. Always use shampoo especially made for dogs.
Before you start to bath your dog close the bathroom door so that it cannot escape and run all over the house. Put your dog in a tub or basin, make sure the temperature of the water is lukewarm. Put a cotton ball in your dog's ear and wet it with warm water. Apply shampoo from its neck to back and keep rinsing it again and again with warm water until all traces of shampoo are gone or skin irritation can occur. Now rub your dog with a towel thoroughly and if needed use blow a dryer to make your dog's coat dry completely. At last, brush your dog again to remove any more loose hair.
Most dogs don’t like their nails trimmed so you should start from very early age so they can get used to it. Try to do it very carefully as dogs will start fearing nail trimming if they experience pain from it. If you find it difficult to trim your dog's nails then take him to a groomer.
A dog’s nails should be kept short. Long nails may affect its gait and can make its walk painful. Before you start trimming your dog’s nails keep some styptic powder nearby (can be used in case of bleeding) and use a specially designed clipper. Don’t cut too much of the nail or it will bleed (please refer to the video above). Trim only the hook like part of its nail that turns down.
Brushing Your Dog's Teeth:
Clean your dog's teeth frequently only with a toothbrush and toothpaste especially designed for dogs and also check the gums regularly. Lack of proper tooth cleaning may create a mouth infection which can cause serious problems in the gums and also in other parts of the body.
Clean your dog’s teeth carefully, If it balks during the procedure then put your hand into its mouth slightly rub the teeth and gums with your finger with a little toothpaste. Once your dog is used to this you can introduce a toothbrush into its mouth. You can also give it chew toys, which can help to clean its teeth.
Regular ear cleaning can keep your dog’s ears free from wax and dirt. Don’t do it very frequently as it may damage its ears. The frequency of ear cleaning depends on you dog's breed so you should consult your veterinarian.
Clean only the outer part of your dog’s ear, don’t put anything into its ear forcibly. If your dog has long hairs inside its ears, pluck it with your veterinarian’s consultation and then clean the ear. To clean the dog’s ears put a small amount of ear cleaning solution into its ear canal and rub its ears with a cotton ball soaked in mineral oil and try to remove wax or any other discharge.
Clean your dog’s eyes regularly. Remove the discharges around its eyes with a damp cotton ball as shown in the video above.