Do you want to learn some dog grooming tips?
Yes, it is possible for you to groom your dog without having to take them to your vet clinic.
In this article, we will share some of the best grooming tips everyone should know.
Dogs are called man’s best friend for a reason.
They are fun to be with, sensitive, sympathetic, loyal friend, faithful and even protective.
But it is not just enough to keep a dog and enjoy all these benefits, we have to be ready to take up the responsibility that comes with being a dog owner no matter the breed of dog you have.
As humans, we need grooming to stay clean and healthy and that is true for a dog as well.
A dog can fall ill if it is not kept in a clean environment that encourages good health but it could also affect your home too if your dog is not properly groomed.
There is a difference between grooming a dog and grooming a dog properly. If you are a new dog owner, there is a high probability that you are yet to get a hang of things.
You will find in this piece dog grooming tips that will help you properly groom your dog.
5 Dog Grooming Tips for Beginners
#1: Bath Your Dog
This is without saying that you need to
bathe your dog. Some people erroneously think that because they are animals
they don’t need bathing. Well, they do because they get dirty just like we do
and they need to be cleaned just like we do.
Dogs, however, don’t need bathing as often
as we do so you can get away with once in one or two months. Sometimes, your
dog might need a bath is it rolled in something or it is prescribed by the vet
due to a medical condition but otherwise, it doesn’t need to be often because
bathing them frequently can actually dry out their skin and cause problems.
Note that dogs generally do not like
bathing, so you have to be ready to train your dog to enjoy it. How do you
train your dog to enjoy bathing?
- Start slowly. Don’t just go all
out expecting the dog to react positively to bathing. That is, you can start by
introducing your dog to the tub; other equipment you will use in bathing it
even before the day you decide to bathe it. Then on the main day, you can start
from the paws, then gently ease your way to the legs and then continue to its
- Pet and stroke the dog so the
dog can feel loved at that particular moment
- Praise your dog for letting you
bathe it. Once you apply water and the dog allows you, praise it and when you
apply shampoo and brush the dog, give them praises too. Dogs cherish praise
from their owners because they usually want to please their owners. So giving praise
will communicate to the dog that it is doing something right and the dog will
want to continue doing that.
- The way to a man’s heart is
through its stomach, the same can be said for a dog. Give it treats as it stays
to be bathed.
- Get your dog busy doing other
activities before the bath time, so it doesn’t have as much energy to try to
fight you off.
- If the dog is really upset, you
can put it off and try again another day. The trick is to gradually ease it
The shampoo used for dogs is different from
that of man because our skin PH is different from that of the dog. You can ask
your vet to recommend a good shampoo and conditioner for your dog.
When bathing the dog, it is advisable to
use a hose so you can control the water direction and also not drown the door.
If you are not, then keep the water in the tub or bowl on the surface level.
Avoid getting water into its ears and rinse it thoroughly to make sure the
shampoo is not still on its skin or furs. Get a very heavy towel that can
absorb water to dry it and preferably, allow the dog dry naturally with the
sun. Avoid using the dryer as much as possible, but if avoidable, keep at good
heat level, not too close to the dog and away from its head.
#2: Brush Your Dog
Brushing your dog is equally important
because it helps to remove all loose hair and debris that might have
accumulated on the dogs’ coat. It also helps prevent knots. Brushing the dog
removes dead skin and spreads natural oil all over the dog hair.
Depending on breed and coat, a dog generally
needs brushing twice or thrice a week. Dogs with shorter coat require less
brushing than those with longer coats. However, it is advisable not to follow a
rigid rule and just brush if the dog requires it. Monitor your dog’s coat and
brush as much as there is a need to.
Brushing will remove dead skin and shed
hair, so it is not advisable to do it indoors on a rug, cushion or bed; brushing
outdoors is preferable. However, if outdoor is not possible, then do it on a
hard floor where you can easily sweep or vacuum off when do.
Your dog will probably not at first agree
to brush, so you can ease it into brushing by first petting and stroking the
dog around the part you want to brush, then use the brush to touch it instead
of immediately brushing. You should also have treats and praises ready to reward
it for good behaviour.
#3: Trimming its Hair
Some dogs may also need their hair trimmed
besides brushing them. Some dogs grow hair more than some and it could begin to
serve as discomfort for the dog if not trimmed. Hair around the eye, around the
anus blocking the anus from excreting faeces, the chin and lower jaw and areas
around the body where there are hair mats and tangles,
As always, ease the dog into it and reward
with treats. Be careful when trimming around the eye area and don’t point the equipment
directly at the dog.
You could also contact your vet so a
professional can take care of it.
#4: Clean its Teeth
Yes, a dog needs to keep is teeth clean
too. It prevents plaque, gum infection and disease and keeps the teeth
generally healthy. It is important to clean the teeth once or twice a week.
Apart from cleaning the teeth, giving your dog something to chew on such as
dental chews or dog chew toys helps to the strength and health of the teeth.
You should not clean a dog’s teeth with a human
toothbrush or toothpaste. Get a dog’s toothbrush and ask your vet to recommend
the toothpaste for you to use.
Start introducing your dog to cleaning its
teeth by running your hand through its gum, then introduce a short cleaning
session before gradually increasing it. Remember to reward the dog with a treat
after every session.
If there is a sign of blood, it is normal
but a lot means that you are either brushing too hard or your dog has a gum
disease that you need to see a vet for.
#5: Clean its Ears
Dogs with long ears are more susceptible to
ear infections but all dogs can get ear infections if their ears are not
regularly and properly cleaned. Generally, after once is a good time to clean
the ear and every two weeks for breeds with long hairs except there is a doctor’s
prescription stating otherwise.
Signs of ear problem in dogs include
scratching the ear or shaking of the head, watch out for this and take them to
Hair could grow in the ear, so start by
removing matted hair growing in the ear. If it is too much, contact to vet to
get professional help in removing it.
Don’t put anything that is not prescribed
down the ear canal. Put a prescribed ear solution into each ear, gently rub the
bottom of each ear and then let your dog shake to get rid of the solution and
whatever dirt will come with it.
When that is done and the solution is
cleared, clean the outside of the canal (never inside the ear canal) with a
#6: Trim its Nails
Regularly check the condition and the
length of the nails. If it is too long, then it should be trimmed. The time to
clean the nail depends on how fast your dog grows its nails so it will differ
from dog to dog. If you leave the nails untrimmed, it could cause pain or a broken
toe, so it is important to trim it.
The dog dewclaws should also be trimmed if
it hasn’t been removed.
The main point is to trim and not to cut
because cutting too short is also problematic. You can consult professional
help to get it done.
To introduce your dog to trimming, you can
let it sniff the trimmer or the filer and also run it through its body. Get
treats ready to treat it once you successfully trim one nail.
Others (Eye and Paws)
Trim every hair that could obstruct the
sight of your dog. Make sure you do this carefully or consult a professional.
Consult your vet if you notice redness of the
eye, discharge or squinting.
Check the paws regularly for cuts or
abrasion or debris.
Dogs are wonderful creatures and they deserve to be properly taken care of. Groom them properly and you will avoid some common dog diseases.