How to Groom Dog
If you want to learn how to groom dog, you came to the right place. Below are easy steps that will help you understand the process as well as have a general idea about the topic. But before starting with the steps, you need to know the basic concepts about groom dog. Dog grooming refers to both the hygienic care and cleaning of a dog, as well as a process by which a dog's physical appearance is enhanced for showing or other types of competition. A "dog groomer" (or simply "groomer") is a person who earns their living grooming dogs.
Easy Steps to Groom Dog
Below are simple steps to learn how to groom dog. Go step by step, and check your progress.
- Taking Care Of Your Dog's Coat
Brush your dog every day. This helps to remove loose fur and loosen dander. Brush in the same direction as the fur grows. Bathe your dog with a shampoo that is meant for dogs. To give your dog a bath, place him in the tub and use a cup or hand held shower head to wet him. Make sure the water is warm! Rub in a bit of shampoo (a little goes a long way). Avoid getting shampoo in your dog's eyes. Rinse well. Towel dry your dog after his bath and brush his fur when it is dry.
- Trimming Your Dog's Nails
Use nail clippers that are meant for dogs. Do not use scissors as they won't work on your dog's nails anyway. Hold your dog's paw in one hand, and the clippers in the other. Place the clippers over the nail and clip only the tip of the nail. Avoid clipping the vein. Sometimes the vein can be difficult to see......if this is the case, just trim a little at a time. If you do accidentally nick the vein, apply pressure with a clean gauze pad until the bleeding stops.
- Cleaning Your Dog's Teeth
Use a toothbrush (or a special rubber "toothbrush" that you place over your finger and special toothpaste that is meant for dogs. Regular toothpaste isn't safe for a dog to swallow. Hold your dog's mouth open by lifting the loose skin at the sides of his mouth. Brush the teeth in the direction they grow. Your dog will probably like the special doggie toothpaste as it comes in many flavors dogs love. If you find it too difficult to brush your dog's teeth, give him a dog buiscuit that is designed for keeping tartar off your dog's teeth. Take your dog for regular dental checkups and cleanings as well.
- Cleaning Your Dog's Ears
Use a bit of water on a Q-Tip. Only clean the exterior areas of your dog's ears. Never stick the Q-Tip directly in your dog's ears, as this can damage the eardrum. If your dog scratches his ears often, take a sample of anything in the ear to the vet and have your vet check it for ear mites. Never use mineral oil because this can stay inside the ears and cause problems. If you encounter difficulties in grooming your dog, take him to a professional groomer and watch to see how it is done. The dog groomer can also give you advice and more tips on how to deal specifically with your dog.
- Special Breeds, Special Needs
Dogs with loose facial skin or wrinkles—such as shar peis and pugs—will need special attention. To prevent dirt and bacteria from causing irritation and infection, clean the folds with damp cotton. Always thoroughly dry the areas between the folds. If your dog has long or droopy ears, you should check them weekly. Remove wax and dirt from your pet’s ears with a cotton ball moistened with water or a little mineral oil. You may need to remove any excess hair leading into the ear canal; ask your pet’s vet or groomer to show you how before trying it at home. There are special hair removers that allow you to carefully pull one strand at a time.
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How to Groom Dog Video
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