How Grooming Makes a Dog Look fabulous
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. If you feed and groom a dog properly not only will it be healthy but also very attractive. The attractiveness of a dog gives the owner great satisfaction. To many people however grooming is done after very long time spells. It is not advisable to follow this trend. Groom the dog regularly even if it is small steps at a time.
So what are the main aspects of grooming a dog? Brushing is the first grooming step. Dogs have coats that should be brushed on a regular basis. The size of the coat should determine how often brushing is done. Weekly brushing is ideal for dogs that have short coats. You can use rubber brushes and bristle ones on short coated dogs. 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.
Brushing is the ideal time for checking for tick infestation on the dog’s coat. Ticks should be prevented using a good method of choice. 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. The frequency of bathing a dog depends on factors such as weather conditions and activities that the dog is involved in. Bathing a dog begins with brushing them before using lukewarm water to actually start the bathing process. Irritation of the skin should be minimized by using dog shampoo. During this time, the dog can be distracted by using bath toys. Ensure to rinse the dog so as to reduce chances of irritation of the skin. Low heat blow dryers can also be used to dry the dog. 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. Nail trimming can be done weekly or when the nails grow 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. Application of gentle force when holding the foot to cut nails is important. Only cut a small bit of the nail at a time stopping if you happen to cut a part that is spongy. Accidental cuts require the use of nail cauterizers or styptic powder to stop bleeding. Dogs which are groomed following the steps above are usually very healthy, always happy and attractive to general public.