• 4 Ways to Properly Groom Your Dog

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    Your dog loves you more then anyone else on Earth, why not show them the how much you love them back by properly grooming them, keeping them healthy. It really is not hard at all to groom your dog even if they have long or curly hair. You just need to keep up on taking care of them and it will be fast and simple.

    4 Ways to Properly Groom Your Dog

    Below are the 4 main steps to grooming any and every type of dog:

    1. First you will need to brush your dog. The frequency of brushing is different depending on what coat your dog has. If your dog has a smooth, short coat they will only need to be brushed weekly. IF your dog has a short dense coat they will need to be groomed weekly too. Whereas, if they have a long coat, they will need to be brushed daily. No matter what type of coat they have you need to take care around all areas. Make sure to gently tease mats out so you do not cause them pain.

    2. Next is bathing. Your pet will need bathed at least every three months. This will be more frequent with the more time they spend outside. In order to bathe your pet there are a few steps that you should take. First you should brush your pet to remove dead hair and mats. Fill the tub with warm water. If you do not have a spray hose you will need a cup to slowly pour water onto the pet. You will first place the pet in the tub, and then you will get their coat completely wet. Do not get water in their eyes, ears, or nose. You will then need to lather them up from head to tail. You will then rinse all of the shampoo out. You can use a cotton ball to clean the inside of the ears, but do not stick it into the ear canal.

    3. The next type of grooming that you need to do is nail clipping. You can do this yourself, or you can take them to a dog groomer or most veterinarians to have it done. I personally do not like clipping my dogs’ nails because they squirm and wiggle. Instead my husband uses a Rotozip with a sanding pad to sand their nails down. It doesn’t really scare them, and you will not clip into the vein that needs to be avoided. If you choose to clip them you should always use a pair of dog toenail clippers. They work well, but you have to make sure you do not clip into the quick of the nail.

    4. The last and final step for grooming is to brush your dog’s teeth. You should purchase a toothbrush made for canines or soft gauze. You will need to ask your pet for toothpaste made for them too. You could also make your own by making a paste of baking soda and water. You will need to slowly introduce the toothbrush and toothpaste to the dog. Once they are used to it and comfortable with it, you can actually brush their teeth with the brush and paste made for them.

    If you feel your pet needs more grooming or further care always consult your vet. If a professional dog washer suggests anything out of the ordinary go ahead and ask your vet first before exposing your pup to something they may not even need.

    Article Source: Yahoo Voices

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