Dog Grooming Explained

Dog grooming is a key factor of dog care. Dog grooming involves a number of diverse jobs. Regular combing and brushing to remove dead hair, skin and general debris. Bathing and nail trimming, as well as maintaining your dog’s ears, eyes and mouth.
For good dog health you should groom regularly, in addition it gives quality bonding time with your dog. Your dog will see it as another form of fussing. Dog grooming must be started early in the dogs life, build a regular routine, do at the same time, place and how. When starting dog grooming, be soft, but firm, that way he will be relaxed, but knows where he stands.
The brushing and combing will care for your dog’s coat, removing all sorts of potential skin irritant and pests, giving a shinier and better coat. The exact type of grooming needed depends on the dog breed, the below is non-specific and suitable for most dogs, but either check with the dog breeder, or research it on the net, or your dog sitter should be able to help.
Bathing is a vital job in dog grooming. You will see many different views on how often a specific dog or breed should be bathed. The trade off discussion turn around mother natures self grooming preserves natural body oils. However bathing, even with specific dog shampoos will bathe the natural essential oils away. So often people wait until the dog becomes dirty before washing. There is a man / woman thing, with women generally wanting to bath regularly and more frequently. Generally a bath about every two months or so should be allowed for.
It is easier to introduce a dog to bathing at an early age, so they are at ease, and even look forward to it. Before a planned bathing of the dog it is best to brush the dog well.
It is a good idea to plan the dog bath well, get everything you need at hand before getting the pooch. Bathing is particularly difficult for those in large cities, with lack of space and without the luxury of shower rooms and utility rooms by the back door. For us city dwellers, we must carry the dog up to the bathroom.
Keeping a secure footing is important, so place the rubber mat in your bath tub or shower. To evade ear problems, shield the ears by using cotton wool in the dog’s ears to stop water ingress into the ears. Some breeds with large ears such as Retrievers can be especially susceptible to ear problems.
To avoid shocking your pooch use warmish water to bath your dog. It is easier to use a shower or spray hose. Keep the nozzle head close to the fur and do not spray onto the dog’s face, as this could scare him.
Choosing the right dog shampoo is important, do not use human shampoos. Only use a little and start from the head and top and wash downward and toward the tail. Be careful to avoid the eyes. Important parts to spend time on washing well are under the chin, especially if he is messy with food, behind the ears, be thorough with the toes and the rectum.
At the end rinse with warm water, ensuring all the shampoo is washed out.
The dog will remove a lot of the water by shaking, so watch out!, after this you can rub him down. You may like to use a hair dryer, mainly women again! This is not normally needed unless you must take him out. It is better to finish drying off naturally inside.

The other tasks of dog grooming and dog care will be dealt with later, including coat care, nail trimming, ear and teeth care

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