Category Archives: Dog Care/Grooming

Dog Care 101

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Dog grooming is referring to the hygienic care and cleaning of a dog. Dog grooming is a vital part in the well-being and health of your dog. Every single dog breed requires grooming.  How much depends on age, health, and type of dog. It is also important to mention that dogs that are more prone to shedding require more frequent grooming than non shedding dogs. The reasons to groom your dog daily include…

  • decreased chance of skin rashes such as thrush
  • reducing the amount of external parasites on your dogs skin
  • improving the bond between owner and dog

There are so many different websites with so many different tips about dog grooming. All of this information can get very confusing to a new dog owner. Trust me, I know from experience. Hopefully this page will make dog grooming just a little bit easier for you to understand.

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Dog Cleanup

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Ever since dogs were domesticated, cleaning after the them has always been a problem. Dog poop might not be the prettiest of topics, but it definitely isn’t discussed as often as it should be.  How you go about cleaning your dogs will usually depend on where the accident happens.

Some parks have dog cleanup bags on site for your convenience

If the poop is outdoors:                                                           If outdoors, you have one basic option. That is to use the standard plastic dog bag. To use put your hand in the bad, then, cover the poop and entrap it, then turn inside-out and tie a knot at the top to prevent spreading of bacteria. Some bags have special features like double layers of plastic, or drawstring. Whichever type you choose, be sure there are no holes or tears in it.

If poop happens indoors:                                                         Cleaning your dogs poop on your brand new carpet comes with its own set of issues, but not all is lost. After the initial step of removing the main part of the poop with the plastic bag technique, some extra elbow grease is required to remove the left behind stains/reminisce. Do do this, use a solution of white vinegar and water mixed 50/50 and gently scrub the area until the stain is gone. A pet stain and smell remover can also be used.

 

If the poop lingers on your precious pooch:                                                               Don’t worry. This isn’t the end of the world. Simply the best thing to do for your dog is to give him a bath with warm water and dog shampoo. Be sure to wear gloves (a pair of old dish washing gloves work fine) when cleaning as you don’t want to come into contact with any bacteria.

A clean, healthy dog!

 

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How to Brush

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One of the most basic methods for grooming is brushing your dog. This should be done daily in order to keep your pet looking and feeling healthy. The key to brushing properly is to brush all the hair, not just the top coat.

1. Start at the head

Be sure to be very gentle when brushing the head. A dogs face is very sensitive and

Slicker brush being used on a puppy

be sure to avoid the eyes. If your dog’s facial hair is short then use a soft slicker specifically made for the face. (Insert slicker link here)

If your dog has longer facial hair, than put your fingers behind the long hair and gently comb avoiding the dogs sensitive parts.

2.  Ears

To groom the ear hair, put your hand behind your dogs ear for support. Begin making gentle strokes with the comb following the grain. If the ear is full of knots, you can purchase a detangler solution. This paired with the the slicker will help remove tangles. (insert detangler solution here)

3. Forelegs

If your dog has short haired forelegs, you can generally skip this step. However if your dog has feathering (long hair on the backs of legs) you will want to comb it

This is a severe amount of tangled fur. This can be prevented/minimized with a detangler solution

out using the same method for the ears.

4, Underbelly

The best way to do this is to use a slicker and gently brush with the grain. Be aware that a dogs underbelly is sensitive and take special caution around private parts.

5. Sides and Back

These are the easiest areas to groom. You can comb either comb with or against the grain depending on your preference.

6. Hind Legs

Follow the same steps as the forelegs. If your dog has feathering down its back legs, and you want to keep things easy. You can use an electric clipper with a protected blade to trim the feathering.

 

If you are interested in buying grooming products, view my next page, where I give a detailed rundown of my favorites.

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