How to groom your dog?

April 13, 2012

There are many special needs you must consider when owning a dog. When you really think about it, having a dog is just like adding a child to your family. You have to feed them, clean up after them, and you must also bathe them. You would’t let your child walk around dirty and smelling like last weeks chicken carcass that you forgot to put in the garbage. Thus you wouldn’t let your dog walk around smelling to high heaven. There are many options one can consider when thinking about grooming their dog.

The most obvious choice one can consider is taking their dog to a pet grooming shop. Regardless of breed, these places should have all the proper tools and items to properly groom whatever type of dog you have. In addition, grooming shops usually will not only bathe the dog but also give them a hair cut, cut heir nails, and even brush their teeth. However, these places can be rather costly and some people may not be able to afford such high costs in order to groom their dog.

In a situation where you don’t want to take your dog to a grooming salon, you can do the grooming yourself. It is recommended that you search online about the specific grooming information regarding your particular breed of dog. All dogs are a little different and so are their fur coats. This means that some dogs may not be able to handle particular types of soap or things like that. When you have figured out what supplies you need in order to properly groom your dog, then all you have to do is begin the process.

The first thing you will want to do when grooming your dog is to get them wet. The easiest way to do this is to place your dog in a warm tub of water and pour cups of water over their body. Gently massage the soap into the dogs fur. Lift one leg up at a time and avoid getting soap in the dog’s eyes or mouth. Make sure to rinse the dog off really well and then dry your dog off with a towel or a blow dryer.

When grooming your dog, there is more to do besides bathing your dog. You can brush your dog’s teeth and clip their nails. When brushing their teeth, make sure to use a rubber dog tooth brush you can place on your finger and dog toothpaste. Regular toothpaste can be very harmful for a dog if swallowed. Then lift the dog’s lips open and brush away. When clipping the nails of a dog, make sure not to go back to far on the nail to where you may hurt the dog. Use dog clippers to perform this task safely. When welcoming a dog into your family it is important to treat them like a regular member of the family. Make sure to groom your dog routinely just like you would for your child.

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