Having a regular grooming routine will make your dog look clean, smell good, keep up physical maintenance and helps make sure that they maintain optimal health.
Grooming helps make sure that your pet does not get fleas and ticks and infections.
There are 5 simple grooming steps that you need to make sure you follow regularly:
Bathing is an important part of a dog’s hygiene just like humans. However, they do not need bath’s every day as this can harm their coat. It is recommended to bath your dog at least once a month and at most once a week. It is important to use a soap-free shampoo that is for dogs.
In addition, if your dog has sensitive skin or any conditions it is important to consult with your vet to make sure you are using the right products.
Before you start bathing your dog it is important to check the water temperature and to make sure that it is not too hot or cold. Then you would need to soak your dog completely and then lather your dog with soap avoiding the eyes, ears and mouth.
Scrub and massage for 15 minutes, rinse and dry.
Brushing your dog is such an important part with regards to their physical health. On the bright side, dogs love when they are brushed so it won’t be a chore for you. Brushing helps prevents skin irritation, removes dead hair and dead skin. Also it helps the prevention of tick and fleas.
In addition, by brushing your dog frequently it will result in less shedding of hair around the house. It also ensures that the coat is healthy, shiny and clean.
It is recommended to brush your dog’s hair frequently and as often as you can. However, it is important to keep in mind; if your dog has long hair you should be brushing it daily, medium hair should be brushed weekly and short-haired dogs should be brushed monthly.
3. Nail Trimming
Nail trimming is an important habit to get into with your dog. This is because if your dog’s nails are long it can cause them to break which is painful and can cause infections. Also, long nails can result in skeletal damage. However, many pet owners and dogs fear this task. This is because if you cut the nails too short it can be painful and your dog can develop a strong dislike to nail trimming once they have experienced the pain.
This is why it is important to start the nail trimming process at a young age so they become comfortable with it. Also, make sure you use nail clippers that are designed for dogs and if you feel uncomfortable it is fine to get your dog nails trimmed by a professional.
Haircuts are an essential part to maintaining hygiene and physical maintenance for your dog. You should get your dog’s hair cut every 2 to 4 weeks, but it really depends on the type of dog that you have. Most dogs rather get their haircut done by a professional, but many pet owners like to cut their own dogs hair at home.
However, if you are a pet owner that prefers to cut your dogs hair at home there are a few things to keep in mind. For example, when you cut your dogs hair make sure that you are in an isolated area where your dog would not get distracted. In addition, it is important to do some research to see if you dog benefits from short hair or not.
5. Ear Care
Proper ear care is extremely vital towards your dog’s health. It helps stops bacteria and yeast build up in your dog, which can cause affections.
Depending on the breed of your dog it will determine how often you will need to clean their ears. Typically, dogs will larger ears would need ear care more frequently.
Cleaning your dog’s ears is simple and easy to do. Simply, fold the dog’s ear flap upwards and put a few drops of cleanser and massage it into the ear. Then wipe out the ear canal with cotton.