Dog grooming is nothing but caring for your dog that includes cutting its hair, bathing it, trimming its nails, cleaning its teeth, ears, etc. thereby maintaining good dog health, hygiene and increasing the appearance of the dog in general. It is recommended that you practice grooming your dog from the time it is young because often it is a bit difficult to groom the older dogs that aren’t used to this maintenance.
A good grooming session includes:
Clean The Ears
Regular cleaning of your dog’s canine’s ears is essential, in order to prevent permanent impairment of hearing ability and infections. Make sure that the skin in the inner portion of the ears along with the flaps is pale pink in color otherwise clean the canals of your dog’s ears using a cotton ball moistened with mineral oil or warm water. However, to clean deep inside the ears, you have to take your pet to a veterinary doctor, at least twice a month.
Brush The Coat
Brushing the coat of the dog is the most intensive part of the grooming session. Brush the coat of your dog on a regular basis, to remove dirt. Brushing also spreads natural oils throughout the coat, apart from detangling the hair and keeping the skin neat and free of irritation. Always apply gentle strokes. If the dog resists brushing, reward him with treats and much of praise, so that you accomplish the task without much of a hassle.
Brush The Teeth
Brush the teeth of your dog, using a pet toothpaste, at least two times a week. Make use of a small toothbrush with soft bristles for the purpose. Ensure that your dog actually enjoys the process of brushing the teeth, so that the whole experience doesn’t become one that the pet dreads. Purchase a flavored dog toothpaste. Chicken flavored toothpaste will be the best bet, because your pet would be allured by its smell and taste.
Trim The Nails
Trim the nails of your dog once a month. You may trim down the nails using scissors, but clippers (designed specifically for dogs) are always better for that pet. Ensure that you do not trim their nails deep into the quick, since it may lead to the bleeding of blood. Just in case of an accidental injury, treat the wound by dusting the region with a blood-clotting powder. If the wound doesn’t heal after a few days, consult a veterinary doctor.
Bathe Your Dog
A messy process though, bathing your dog is essential, to keep it clean. Bathe your dog inside a clean, warm environment outdoors, inside your backyard. Equip yourself with all the supplies required for bathing it, including dog shampoo, towels, brush and water. Keep bathing toys with you, so that your dog’s attention is drawn for the toy. Be sure that the shampoo or its froth doesn’t enter your dog’s eyes, mouth and ears. Be gentle in bathing your dog, because doing the work haphazardly might trigger panic inside your pet. Dry your dog with a clean towel after bathing.