Training & Grooming

Dog Grooming Routine to Keep Your Dog Healthy and Fresh

Grooming isn’t just about the looks or aesthetics, it’s about your dog’s health as well. While there are salons everywhere nowadays, you can also make your dog’s grooming routine by yourself.

Ever seen your dog roll on the ground in the park or at home and lick the coat? They’re trying to clean themselves, and you can help them out with a proper grooming routine. This includes tasks like teeth brushing, trimming nails, and bathing. You’ll simply need some tools and a little knowledge and you’ll be off to grooming. This will also strengthen your bond and make you a better dog parent in the long run.

Things to Consider First

To create a perfect do grooming routine, you will need much more than just energy and willingness. It’s a sensitive matter and you can potentially hurt your dog in the process. So, make sure that you have everything checked before you proceed.

Are all the tools and equipment necessary? Confident enough that you can do it? If yes, here are a few things you need to consider:

  • How often you should groom? It depends on your dog’s size and coat.
  • As and when required grooming: This type of grooming is basically what you can easily spot and should proceed ASAP!

Complete Dog Grooming Routine

With everything checked and all the tools at your disposal, it’s time to make a complete dog grooming routine. Here’s what you need to do:

1- Pre-Grooming Brushing (Multiple Times a Week)

Pre-grooming brushing is crucial. You can’t take your dog straight to a shower, it won’t do any good without brushing. That’s why you need to give your dog a thorough brushing first. This will remove all the dirt, loose hairs and debris. Also, this will prevent tangles that you are likely to face while bathing if you haven’t brushed your dog.

Remember, every dog’s coat can’t be brushed with a standard-size brush. You’ll need to have at least two brushes; a slicker and bristle. After you know which brush is best suited and your dog is ready, follow these brushing tips:

  • Keep your dog engaged.
  • Brush gently around sensitive areas such as the face, belly and paws.
  • Take a closer look at the areas close to matting like under the legs and behind the ears.

2- Bathing (When Required)

Bathing is a topic where you’ll have to be specific because it varies from breed to breed. Consulting your vet will give you the exact number. This is probably one of the most fun grooming parts of all so is challenging. You’ll need to have a dog-specific shampoo and lukewarm water before you start bathing. Once you have that, you’ll need to follow these tips:

  • Start with making your dog completely wet while avoiding ears and face.
  • Make sure to lather the shampoo and don’t forget to be gentle on the dog’s coat.
  • Thoroughly rinse the shampoo and double-check that there’s no residue.
  • Lastly, the fun part: towel as much as possible.

3- Nail Trimming (When Required)

Always keep an eye out for overgrown nails, trimming dog nails regularly is essential as they can become very uncomfortable for your dog. In the worst-case scenario, it can get into the skin and cause infection, which honestly is not the ideal situation to be in. Your dog will have to go through medication in order to recover from that.

That’s why it’s best to cut them when you see they’re bigger than they should be. Here’s how to do it yourself the right way:

  • Hold your dog’s paw firmly.
  • Only use dog-specific nail clippers.
  • Trim the upper part (pointing tip) and avoid cutting quickly (the pink part inside the nail).

4- Ear Cleaning (When Required)

Ear cleaning is a must if your dog spends most of the time outside playing. Otherwise, if it’s a home dog and stays mainly at home, ear cleaning won’t be required for a while. But that doesn’t mean that you don’t have to check regularly. Make sure to check for redness, discharge and also odor. If you see any of these, you should:

  • Choose the appropriate ear cleaner.
  • Use a cotton ball for the outer layer of the ear.
  • Make sure you don’t insert anything inside the ear canal.

5- Post Grooming

Once you’re done with what’s important, you must do post-grooming. Did your dog have a nice bath and towel properly? You’ll have to make sure that your dog’s coat is smooth and without any tangles. For such purposes, you can use a dog conditioner or a spray to detangle the coat for easier post-grooming brushing. To create a positive association with the grooming, reward your dog with treats and praise as much as you can.

Paw-rting Note

Dog grooming is as essential as the diet and makes your canine healthy and fresh. It also contributes to making some memorable moments with your dogs. The water splashes are sure to win your heart and store it in your memory for a lifetime. But be mindful about every step and make sure that you have the right tools and tricks in your arsenal. Happy Grooming!

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