Dog Grooming

Ear infections. A sensitive groomer will talk to their pet in a reassuring tone, pay extra attention to areas he likes to be groomed and take special care with touchy spots.

Regular grooming will make your dog more comfortable with professional groomers and even visits to the vet. Every dog owner can handle basic and preventative grooming techniques that you can perform at home:

Brush your dog's coat several times a week, regardless of if his coat is full or short. Brushing removes dirt, prevents tangles, spreads the natural oils through his coat and keeps skin irritation-free. Begin brushing your dog in the direction of hair growth, starting at his head and working to his tail. Comb in small sections until the coat is tangle-free. Trim away stubborn mats with scissors.

Bathe your pooch once every two months, more if he gets messy outside. Be sure to remove mats with a brush before bathing.

Trim your dog's nails monthly to avoid ingrown toenails. Trim each nail gradually using scissors or clippers. Be sure to stop cutting before reaching the quick. It is best to trim nails after a bath when the quick is more visible. Purchase a bottle of blood-clotting powder in case you penetrate the quick while trimming.

Brush your pet's teeth using a small, soft toothbrush and pet toothpaste at least twice a week. Dog toothpaste, brushes and even mouthwash are available at most pet stores.

Inspect your dog's ears every month for bad odor or discolored skin. Clean ears using a moist cotton swab and warm water. Dogs with long ears are more likely to develop ear mites and infection and must be inspected more frequently.

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