9 Step Instructions for Dog Grooming
These instructions for dog grooming will do more than just make your pooch's coat look nice and shiny. It gives you the opportunity to spend quality time bonding with your canine friend. Regular grooming also controls shedding. Furthermore, grooming improves a dog's health by stimulating circulation and causing deep relaxation. This helps dogs cope better with emotional and physical stresses.
Before bathing your dog, removing mats and tangles is essential. A mat that gets wet is nearly impossible to remove. Use a Dematting Comb for mats, a large Wire Pin Brush for the body, and a Slicker Brush for the feet, head, ears, and lower legs.
2. Cleaning the Ears
Ears should be kept free of wax and dirt. Brush the hair around the ears and expose the ear opening. Use a forceps to gently remove hair from the ear. Gently clean inside the flap with a small piece of moistened cotton. Use a fresh piece for each ear. Do not probe too deeply into the ear canal. Wipe around the outer ear.
3. Brushing Teeth
Teeth cleaning is vital to preventing future dental problems. Use a soft toothbrush and paste made specifically for dogs, like the Drs. Foster and Smith Dental Care Kit Dog Dental Care Kit. Do not use human toothpaste (especially with fluoride) -it can make him very sick. Make sure you brush near the gum line, where plaque tends to build up.
Keep all bath supplies within reach. These should include your dog's brush, a small bucket, a hair trap for the drain, a rubber mat for the floor of the tub, a coat conditioner, a couple of towels, cotton balls, a gentle shampoo, a hair dryer, and a spray to help detangle your dog's coat. After the dog is shampooed and conditioned, rinse the residue out until the water runs clear. Then, towel dry his coat.
5. Blow-Dry Completely
If you don't blow dry every inch of the dog's skin and coat, inflammation may result. The damp place itches, the dog scratches, and the next thing you know, you have a nasty hot spot.
Nails soften after a dog is bathed and are easier to clip. Use trimmers specifically designed for dogs, like the Bamboo Care Nail Trimmer Medium/Large Dog Trimmer. Hold the paw firmly and cut off the tip of the nail with a single stroke. Be careful to stop short of the quick, the blood vessel inside the nail. Cutting the nails right after bathing will make the quick more visible. Follow up by filing your dog's nails smooth.
7. Head Trim
Trim the whiskers, the jawline, the underjaw, the back skull, and the ears.
8. Body Trim
When selecting blades for your trimmer, the higher the number means the closer the cut. If you see too much undercoat, use thinning shears and a Matbreaker because it will remove the undercoat without affecting the outer coat. Use scissors to clip away excess hair from the anal region, between the toes, and to thin the feathering on the legs and tail.
9. Final Body Brush
Every hair on the body should be brushed. Again, use the pin brush on the body and the slicker brush on the legs, ears, head, and feet.
Having the appropriate grooming equipment on hand will make these instructions for dog grooming that much faster and easier. So, stock up on supplies.
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