How Grooming Makes a Dog Look fabulous
It is very important to groom a dog. This is on top of ensuring that the dog gets a healthy diet and ample time for exercising. Well groomed and fed dogs are not only healthy but also good looking. It is very nice for a dog owner to have a good looking dog. There are dog owners who wait for very long before they groom their dogs. This is not advisable at all. Grooming of a dog should be done regularly and in small bits.
How should one groom a dog? Well, the first one is brushing of the dog. Regular brushing of dog coats is of paramount importance. Dog coats should however be brushed based on the size of the coat. In most cases, dogs with short coats can be brushed on weekly basis. You can use rubber brushes and bristle ones on short coated dogs. Long coats should however be brushed more regularly. The fact that long coats do tangle means that slicker brushes are ideal for brushing them.
During brushing is also the time that one needs to check if there is manifestation of ticks on the dog’s skin. If you find ticks, use a good method of prevention and eradication. The last thing is an emphasis on ensuring that tails and feet are not forgotten during brushing. Among ideal places for tick infestation are feet and tails. Ensure ticks are eradicated by using appropriate tick prevention for dogs methods.
One should bath a dog at regular intervals. Weather conditions and activities undertaken by the dog should guide intervals for dog bathing. Bathing a dog begins with brushing them before using lukewarm water to actually start the bathing process. Special dog shampoo should be used all the way so as to reduce irritation of the skin. The dog can be well distracted using toys for easy bathing. Ensure to rinse the dog so as to reduce chances of irritation of the skin. One can also dry the dog using low heat blow dryers. As you bath the dog check for infections especially in the ears.
Nail trimming is another grooming step that people ignore. 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. Dogs which are groomed following the steps above are usually very healthy, always happy and attractive to general public.