Making Your Dog Look Great through Grooming
The importance of grooming a dog cannot be overemphasized. This is apart from giving the dog a healthy meal and ample exercises. If you feed and groom a dog properly not only will it be healthy but also very attractive. It is very nice for a dog owner to have a good looking dog. Many people however opt to wait for very long before grooming their dogs. It is not advisable to follow this trend. Groom the dog regularly even if it is small steps at a time.
How should one groom a dog? Brushing is the first grooming step. The fur of a dog requires regular brushing. Dog coats should however be brushed based on the size of the coat. Short coated dogs can be brushed weekly. Short coats can be brushed well using rubber brushes and bristle brushes consecutively. Long coats however require more specialized attention regularly. Long coat tangles are common on long coats of dogs hence the need to use slicker brushes to remove the tangles.
During brushing is also the time that one needs to check if there is manifestation of ticks on the dog’s skin. Ticks should be prevented using a good method of choice. You should not forget to brush the tail and feet. Feet and tails are places where ticks would easily be found. Tick prevention for dogs should be done if any traces of ticks are found.
A dog should be bathed regularly. The frequency of bathing a dog depends on factors such as weather conditions and activities that the dog is involved in. It begins with using brushes to brush the coat then using lukewarm water for bathing. Use dog shampoo to reduce chances of irritation of the dog’s skin. During this time, the dog can be distracted by using bath toys. Proper rinsing helps to avoid irritation. The use of low heat blow dryers for drying the dog is also recommended. Check for infections in ears during the bathing stage.
One step in grooming a dog that is usually forgotten is nail trimming. This should ideally be done once a week or when you notice they have grown too long. The fact that dogs dislike nail cutting means that you should consider giving the dog a treat each time you cut its nails. Hold the foot gently but steadily when cutting the nails. Only cut a small bit of the nail at a time stopping if you happen to cut a part that is spongy. Use a nail cauterizer or even styptic powder to stop any bleeding. If these grooming tips are observed your dog will be healthier, happier and will be noticeable in public.