Basic Dog Grooming Tips
Basic grooming is something everyone enjoys. I mean, washing and brushing your hair is very soothing and refreshing, right? That’s why making sure your dog is groomed is an important part of his regular routine. Helping him look and feel his best will bolster your bond and his confidence. I hope these basic dog grooming tips will be helpful to you and your pup.
Brushing & Bath time
Depending on your dog you may need to brush him more frequently. Long-haired dogs require daily (or almost daily) brushing to prevent matting or tangling. Shorter-medium haired dogs can go a little longer, usually anywhere from one-two week between brushing. Brushing your dog every day is never a bad thing, though. The more frequently you brush the healthier and shiner his coat will be.
A lot of times, bath time is not exactly the easiest time in a dog parent’s life. However, bathing doesn’t have to be a nightmare of a wet dog running all over your house. Try to stay as calm as possible and brush up on the basics of how to give your dog a bath if it seems to be overly stressful. Bathing should be a fun and positive experience. Dogs need to be bathed often, especially if they seem dirty or itchy.
Depending on the time of year and his coat he could be bathed as often as once a week or as little as once a month. If you have a long haired dog in the summer then you will definitely need to bathe him more often than a short haired dog during cooler months.
It can be scary to trim your dog’s nails, but it is a necessary part of basic grooming. Most dogs need at least a monthly trimming, but it does depend on the rate of growth. Usually a dog will only develop an aversion to nail trimming if he has been hurt before, so make sure to check out this video on how to trim your dog’s nails.
Cleaning Ears & Eyes
Have you ever looked in your dog’s ears and thought…”oh my gosh, what is in there?” Your dog’s ears can be a haven for bacteria and yeast infections. Ear problems are often genetic, especially of your dog has floppy or long ears. Keeping his ears clean is definitely an important part of basic grooming.
If you aren’t sure where to start then watch this quick video on how to clean your dog’s ears. Eye boogers are gross, but they are a fact of life. Use a water-moistened washcloth or sponge as need to gently loosen and then remove the globs and dirt that accumulate around their eyes.
Your dog can’t just use his fingers to clean out his eyes as needed like we do. That’s what following these simple steps will help keep his eyes healthy and clean. Being fresh and clean is something we can relate to, so why not help our four legged family members feel the same joy we do after a nice shower or bath.
Seems like a lot, though doesn’t it? If you don’t feel comfortable grooming your pet, no worries, leave it to the professionals! Stay tuned next time for the best grooming options in the Durham area.