Making Your Dog Look Great through Grooming
It is very important to groom a dog. This is on top of ensuring that the dog gets a healthy diet and ample time for exercising. Grooming and feeding a dog well not only promotes good health but also makes the dog look attractive. There is nothing as satisfying for a dog owner than having a very attractive dog for a pet. There are dog owners who wait for very long before they groom their dogs. Following this trend is not good. Grooming of a dog should be done regularly and in small bits.
So what entails grooming 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. Weekly brushing is ideal for dogs that have short coats. Short coats can be brushed well using rubber brushes and bristle brushes consecutively. Long coats however require more specialized attention regularly. 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. You should not forget to brush the tail and feet. Among ideal places for tick infestation are feet and tails. Ensure ticks are eradicated by using appropriate tick prevention for dogs methods.
There is need to bath a dog regularly. Dog bathing times should be based on weather and activities that the dog takes part in. Use lukewarm water to bath the dog after brushing the coat. Special dog shampoo should be used all the way so as to reduce irritation of the skin. The dog can be well distracted using toys for easy bathing. 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. The fact that dogs dislike nail cutting means that you should consider giving the dog a treat each time you cut its nails. 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. If you cut a spongy part, stop the bleeding using nail cauterizers or styptic powder. If these grooming tips are observed your dog will be healthier, happier and will be noticeable in public.