As a pet parent, one of the most important things you can do for your canine companion is to provide them with proper grooming. Here are some simple steps to properly groom your dog:
Brush Your Dog’s Coat Regularly
There is nothing more soothing for a canine than to get their fur rubbed and brushed Regular brushing helps remove dirt and debris and will help keep your dog’s coat looking shiny and healthy.
Trim Your Dog’s Coat Periodically
You can help make the trimming sessions extra fun by keeping a few treats handy for your dog. Hair clippers and curved/straight scissors always come in handy during a trimming session.
Trim Your Dog’s Nails
Overgrown nails can pose a problem to your dog’s walking. Sometimes, long nails can pierce the paw pad causing immense pain to your canine companion. Be sure to trim your pup’s nails regularly, as overgrown nails can be painful and uncomfortable for your pup. Many pups are sensitive to their nails and paws being touched. If you have a young pup, start trimming their nails from a young age.
Clean Your Dog’s Ears
Dirt, debris, solid particles, and wax can collect in a dog’s ears. Oftentimes, they become the cause of an infection. You can clean your dog’s ears by using a damp cloth. Start with cleaning the ear flaps and then the floor. Do this regularly to make sure your dog’s ears stay clean and healthy. Check your pup’s ears regularly for dirt, debris, or any signs of infection. If needed, use a vet-recommended cleaning solution to gently clean your pup’s ears.
Brush Your Dog’s Teeth
Your canine’s teeth can get smelly, and develop plaque and tartar if not taken care of properly. Brushing your pup’s teeth once or twice a week will help keep their teeth and gums healthy and their breath fresh.
Bathe Your Dog
Depending on the breed of your pup, you may need to bathe them once a month or more. Be sure to use a quality dog shampoo to keep their coat and skin healthy. If your dog is unwilling to take a bath, you can always depend on a groomer for this.
Check for Fleas and Ticks
Dogs attract fleas and ticks like a magnet attracts iron. Therefore, regularly check your pup for any signs of fleas or ticks, and be sure to use a vet-recommended flea and tick medication to keep them protected.
Groom Around the Eyes and Mouth
Be sure to check your pup’s eyes and mouth regularly for any signs of infection or irritation. If needed, use a damp cloth to gently clean around the eyes and mouth.
Clean Your Dog’s Anal Glands
Depending on the breed, your pup may need to have its anal glands cleaned every 6-12 months. This is something that should be done by a professional, such as a groomer or your vet.
While it is not hard to follow DIY dog grooming techniques at home,it is sometimes good to employ the services of a groomer and a vet for certain procedures.