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How To Groom Your Dog
A young woman grooms her Golden Labrador

How To Groom Your Dog

Grooming, along with health checkpoints, is very important for your dog’s health and should be done on a daily basis. Because grooming requires the owner to have close physical contact with their dog it helps develop a stronger bond between the two of them, naturally improving the dog’s well-being. Develop a daily grooming routine within the first week after adopting your new dog or puppy and continue with that routine throughout the entire life of the dog.

Prior to starting the grooming process it is important to make sure, all of the proper grooming tools are at hand. If you are grooming a puppy, consult with your veterinarian before purchasing any grooming tools to find out what is best for the puppy. For an adult dog, you will need a regular grooming brush or a sheer brush if it is a longhaired dog you will want both and most importantly you will need a good pair of hands. When a bath is necessary, use a mild liquid soap formulated for the breed and age of the dog you are grooming and make sure there are enough towels on hand to dry the dog with afterwards.

When starting the grooming process, briskly rub the dog down with your fingertips going against the grain of the dog’s coat. Going against the grain of the dog’s coat will help loosen and bring to the surface any dirt, dead skin, and hair that needs to be removed and it is a good way to massage the dog’s skin. As you are rubbing your fingers through the dog’s coat check for any sores or infections that may have developed since the last grooming.

Next, you will use the grooming brush and gently brush against the grain of your dog’s coat to help eliminate all of the dead skin and hair. Again, as you are brushing the dog’s coat check the skin for any abnormalities including lumps, bruises and bug bites. Once you are satisfied with the condition of your dog’s skin you can start brushing with the grain of your dog’s coat until all of the dead hair and skin are gone. To finish the daily grooming routine use the palm of your hands to rub down the dog’s coat, this will help redistribute the natural oils and give the coat a glossy shine.

Brushing the dog’s teeth as part of the grooming routine is optional, but will help reduce tarter build up and other possible problems from developing. If it is time for the dog’s monthly or in some cases weekly bath, always try to avoid using soap around the dog’s eyes and ears and never spray the dog directly in the face with water. Use warm water when bathing your dog and rinse the dog thoroughly to make sure no soapy residue is left behind on the dog’s coat. Always towel dry the dog as good as possible, then you can gently exercise the dog to complete the drying process. Avoiding frequent bathing because it is harmful to the dog’s coat, it removes essential oils that the dog needs to repel water and keep the coat healthy. During cold or wet weather, a dog should be bathed only if it is able to dry completely in a warm and dry place.

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