Groom for Improvement: Tips to Make Your Dog Look Fab
We all know how important it is that your dog gets enough exercise and eats a healthy diet, but it is also vital that they are kept well-groomed. Not only is this important for their overall well-being, but it also ensures that they look at their very best, which is great for both you and your dog! But it seems like a lot of dog owners neglect this duty for as long as possible until they have to do everything all in one go. Little and often is the best mantra when it comes to dog grooming. So, let’s look at each aspect one-by-one to give you a helping hand.
Firstly, you should determine how often you need to brush your dog in the first place. Short coats usually require weekly brushing but longer coats may need more attention. For shorter coats, you should use a rubber brush followed by a bristle brush. For long coats, you may need a slicker brush to remove tangles. You should also make sure that you check for ticks as you brush – you could consider investing in tick prevention for dogs to help avoid this problem. Also, don’t forget to brush the sometimes overlooked tail and feet of your dogs!
How often your dog needs a bath depends on the weather and what activities they have been getting up to, but every one to three weeks is a guide. Start the process off by brushing them and then add lukewarm water to a tub. You should always use special dog shampoo which doesn’t irritate their skin. If you want to distract the dog’s attention away from you, you could try giving them a bath toy to play with. Make sure to rinse them off well as leaving some on can also cause irritation. If you decide to dry them using a blow dryer, set in on a low heat so you don’t burn them. This also provides you with a good opportunity to check their ears for any signs of infection, in which case you should consult with your vet.
You should aim to trim your dog’s nails about once a week, but if you hear them clacking on a hard surface, this is usually a good sign that it is time! Most dogs hate this activity, so you may want to give them a treat after each session. Hold the foot steady, but also hold it gently. You should only snip off a small bit at a time, and you should stop if the nail feels spongy! If you accidentally cut into this bit, your dog may start bleeding, in which case it needs to be stopped using either a nail cauterizer or a styptic powder.
Remember to keep up with these grooming tips and you will help your dog to lead a happier and healthier life. Not only this, your dog will stand out from the crowd when you are next down at the park!