Making Your Dog Look Great through Grooming
Grooming a dog is a very vital aspect of raising a dog. Grooming follows after the dog is well fed and exercised. Grooming and feeding a dog well not only promotes good health but also makes the dog look attractive. The attractiveness of a dog gives the owner great satisfaction. To many people however grooming is done after very long time spells. This is not advisable at all. You should ensure that grooming is done very often even if it is in small bits.
So what entails grooming a dog? Well, the first one is brushing of the dog. The fur of a dog requires regular brushing. The size of the coat should determine how often brushing is done. Short coated dogs can be brushed weekly. A rubber brush can be used but should be followed by bristle brush to ensure that the hair coat lies flat. Long coats however require more specialized attention regularly. The fact that long coats do tangle means that slicker brushes are ideal for brushing them.
At the time of brushing, a dog owner should also check for ticks. Invest in an appropriate tick prevention method in case you find them present on the coat of your dog. The last thing is an emphasis on ensuring that tails and feet are not forgotten during brushing. Feet and tails are places where ticks would easily be found. Ensure ticks are eradicated by using appropriate tick prevention for dogs methods.
There is need to bath a dog regularly. Weather conditions and activities undertaken by the dog should guide intervals for dog bathing. It begins with using brushes to brush the coat then using lukewarm water for bathing. Use dog shampoo to reduce chances of irritation of the dog’s skin. 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. One can also dry the dog using low heat blow dryers. Check for infections in ears during the bathing stage.
One step in grooming a dog that is usually forgotten is nail trimming. Weekly trimming can be done as well as when there is need. Ensure to give the dog a treat after nail cutting since dogs hate nail cutting. Hold the foot gently but steadily when cutting the nails. Cut a small bit of the nail at a time and stop in case you 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.