Regular grooming is an important part of the responsible care of a pet, although it may seem that your dog takes care of these needs on its own. If you do not have an established routine, start small. Try one task at a time. Brush it one day. Bathe it the next day and cut your nails the other day. The more you cut a toilet session the better.
Ready to start? Here are the basic tips for canine grooming to make the whole process easier.
When brushing, check for ticks or fleas. You may notice insects or small black spots. Brush it from the head to the tail, always follow the direction of hair growth. Most dogs require weekly brushing, but those with the longest coat may require daily care.
Use the most suitable brush
Dogs with short, straight coat first take a rubber brush, followed by brushing with a bristle brush and then a polishing with a chamois cloth. Dogs with short but dense fur first occupy a wire brush, also known as smoothing brush, which serves to remove entanglements. Then use a bristle brush to look at it. Dogs with long or curly hair need the wire brush to remove the tangles, but use it very gently and finish with the bristle brush.
Remember to brush the tail and legs, especially if it is a dog with long hair. Always brush your dog before bathing, that will make the process easier and more effective.
How to bathe a dog
Periodicity. Determine how often you need to bathe your pet. Depending on the weather and recent activities of your dog, you may want to bathe it from one to three weeks.
Shampoo. Use a dog shampoo. The dog’s skin is different from that of humans, so make sure the shampoo is soft enough to avoid irritation. There are different types of shampoo for dogs, choose what is most appropriate for your pet.
Security. Add warm water. Be careful not to burn your dog. So little should you use too cold water. If your pet is in the bathtub, it only fills with water from seven to 10 centimeters and uses a bath mat to help prevent slipping.
The dog face. Do not directly spray water on the nose, eyes or ears. A plastic cup or spray hose will help you direct the water in the direction you need. You can add a hose in the shower head, it is a simple, quick and inexpensive project that will help you a lot.
Rinse well. One of the most common mistakes in canine grooming is not to properly remove all of the shampoo. Shampoo that is left will result in skin irritation in the dog.
Ears. The dog’s ears must be cleaned. There are own products for the care of the ears, but before using them look for the opinion of the veterinarian. Usually no longer use a gauze or paper towel to remove excess wax. If you notice a foul odor or unusual wax buildup, consult your veterinarian promptly.
The temperature of the dryer. Set the dryer to low heat. A dryer can be an effective way to keep your house from getting wet while your pet dries, but be careful not to burn your dog. You can also keep it safe by not aiming the dryer directly to your skin, ideally to have it at an angle, as your hairdresser does.
Toys. If your dog is overexcited during the grooming process, give him his favorite toy or chew toy to redirect his attention. Give him affection always and no more when he is well behaved.
Certain races have more particular needs. For example, bulldogs require special attention among the folds of their face, while fallen-eared breeds like cocker Spaniels are more prone to ear infections, so they need specific care with the hygiene of their ears. Talk to your veterinarian for specific grooming tips for your pet.