Making Your Dog Look Great through Grooming
It is very important to groom a dog. Grooming follows after the dog is well fed and exercised. If you feed and groom a dog properly not only will it be healthy but also very attractive. The attractiveness of a dog gives the owner great satisfaction. To many people however grooming is done after very long time spells. It is not advisable to follow this trend. You should ensure that grooming is done very often even if it is in small bits.
So what are the main aspects of grooming a dog? One should brush a dog as the first step in grooming. The fur of a dog requires regular brushing. However, this brushing should be done in time intervals that correlate to the size of coat of the dog. In most cases, dogs with short coats can be brushed on weekly basis. A rubber brush can be used but should be followed by bristle brush to ensure that the hair coat lies flat. For long coats, more regular and specialized brushing is important. The fact that long coats do tangle means that slicker brushes are ideal for brushing them.
Brushing is the ideal time for checking for tick infestation on the dog’s coat. If you find ticks, use a good method of prevention and eradication. One last thing of importance when it comes to brushing a dog’s coat is to ensure that you do not forget to brush the tail and feet. Among ideal places for tick infestation are feet and tails. Ensure ticks are eradicated by using appropriate tick prevention for dogs methods.
A dog should be bathed regularly. Weather conditions and activities undertaken by the dog should guide intervals for dog bathing. It begins with using brushes to brush the coat then using lukewarm water for bathing. Special dog shampoo should be used all the way so as to reduce irritation of the skin. During this time, the dog can be distracted by using bath toys. Ensure to rinse the dog so as to reduce chances of irritation of the skin. The use of low heat blow dryers for drying the dog is also recommended. As you bath the dog check for infections especially in the ears.
Many people ignore nail trimming of dogs. This should ideally be done once a week or when you notice they have grown too long. Ensure to give the dog a treat after nail cutting since dogs hate nail cutting. Ensure that when doing it you are steady when holding the foot but do not use too much energy to cause the dog discomfort. Ensure to cut a small part of the nail only and stop if you notice you have cut a spongy part. Accidental cuts require the use of nail cauterizers or styptic powder to stop bleeding. If these grooming tips are observed your dog will be healthier, happier and will be noticeable in public.
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