The importance of grooming a dog cannot be overemphasized. 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. Following this trend is not good. You should ensure that grooming is done very often even if it is in small bits.
How should one groom a dog? Brushing is the first grooming step. Dogs have coats that should be brushed on a regular basis. Dog coats should however be brushed based on the size of the coat. Weekly brushing is ideal for dogs that have short coats. 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. 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. 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. Use methods of tick prevention for dogs to handle ticks.
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. One can also dry the dog using low heat blow dryers. It is at the bathing stage that you can observe ears in a bid to notice any infection.
Many people ignore nail trimming of dogs. This should ideally be done once a week or when you notice they have grown too long. Most dogs hate nail cutting processes hence the need to give them treats each time you do it. Ensure that when doing it you are steady when holding the foot but do not use too much energy to cause the dog discomfort. Ensure to cut a small part of the nail only and stop if you notice you have cut a spongy part. 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.