Basic Dog Grooming Tips
- Start grooming your puppy at an early age
Whether you decide to groom your dog yourself or take your dog to a groomer, your dog is going to need grooming it’s whole life. It is better to start getting your puppy used to grooming at around 3-4 months old so that grooming becomes a part of life opposed to a scary thing they have to do every once in a while.
2. When Trimming Nails, avoid the quick
The nerve inside the nail is known as the quick, it is in the center of the nail. Trim the nails little by little until you see the damp dark center of the nail.
OH NO! I nicked the quick!! Don’t worry, using a little bit of styptic powder or corn starch will help the blood clot and stop the nail from bleeding.
3. Wipe out ears daily
Use a mild pet specific ear cleaner to clean the ears daily. Put some ear cleaner on a damp cottonball and wipe the ear flap and the outer part of the ear. Be sure to not use a cotton swab or to clean inside the ear canal. Doing this could possibly hurt the dog and may cause damage.
4. Use proper pet products
Remember, human shampoo is for humans and dog shampoo is for dogs. Human toothpaste is for humans and dog toothpaste is for dogs.
5. Use the proper brushes for your coat type
If your pet sheds a lot, use a tool specifically to remove their undercoat. If your pet has soft and silky hair, use a softer brush and a comb to prevent coat damage. Don’t know what tools to be using? It’s ok! Ask us and we will help you!
6. Don’t let water get inside your dog’s ears
Musch like humans, excess water in the ear canal can cause discomfort and possibly an ear infection. To prevent this, try putting a cotton ball in your pet’s ear to prevent water from entering the canal during the bath.
7. Brush your dog daily
Start brushing and combing your pet the day you bring them home. Continue this routine everyday to acclimate them to proper a proper brushing routine. Brushing is essential to keep your pet’s coat knot free.
8. Bathe your dog at least every four to six weeks
Proper skin and coat care is essential to your dog’s overall health. Be sure to have your pet bathed every 4-6 weeks to keep their skin clean, dirt free and smelling fresh!