The importance of grooming a dog cannot be overemphasized. This is apart from giving the dog a healthy meal and ample exercises. 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. Many people however opt to wait for very long before grooming their dogs. Following this trend is not good. Grooming of a dog should be done regularly and in small bits.
How should one groom a dog? One should brush a dog as the first step in grooming. The fur of a dog requires regular brushing. 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. 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. Long coat tangles are common on long coats of dogs hence the need to use slicker brushes to remove the tangles.
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. This is important since many people have been known to overlook them yet they are prime places for ticks and fleas to hide. Tick prevention for dogs should be done if any traces of ticks are found.
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. Use dog shampoo to reduce chances of irritation of the dog’s skin. Use bath toys to distract the dog during the bathing process. Proper rinsing helps to avoid irritation. The use of low heat blow dryers for drying the dog is also recommended. It is at the bathing stage that you can observe ears in a bid to notice any infection.
One step in grooming a dog that is usually forgotten is nail trimming. Nail trimming can be done weekly or when the nails grow 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. Cut a small bit of the nail at a time and stop in case you cut a spongy part. Use a nail cauterizer or even styptic powder to stop any bleeding. If these grooming tips are observed your dog will be healthier, happier and will be noticeable in public.