Basic Dog Grooming

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This puppy has just been groomed

Dog ownership is a joy to be had by many people, but it can also be a chore if you do not know the proper way to groom the dog. Common grooming tips can be employed to make cleaning and caring for your dog much easier and time efficient, thus giving you more time to play with your furry friend! Keep in mind that advice may need to be altered, depending on if your dog has a nail, skin, or ear condition.

Brushing
A healthy coat is imperative to your dog, and also looks good too! The minimum amount of brushing actuallys depends on how long the dog’s coat is. Long-haired dogs should undergo daily brushing sessions so they can avoid hair tangling and matting. Medium-haired dogs should probably be brushing about once or twice a week, but short-haired dogs can go up to a full month (though it is not recommended to test this theory- twice a month is a good amount).

Bathing
The vast majority of dogs and dog owners find bathing to be a huge (albeit unpleasant) ordeal, Teaching your dog to get used to bathing though, through regular and consistent bath timing, can greatly reduce the stress involved for both parties. He doesn’t have to like it, but he will eventually acclimate to being dripping wet for a few minutes after several baths. Bathing up to once a week is not harmful per se, but most prefer to limit the procedure to once a month. Always use a shampoo that is soap-free and designed for canine use.

Haircuts
Some dogs can get away with never getting a haircut, but some of more furry breeds (such as Shih Tzus and Poodles) should probably be at least trimmed every two to four weeks. The exact amount of time in between trimmings depends on the breed and style of cut. Unless you are specifically trained in the art, it is best left to groomers- even a light trim can be a daunting task to the inexperienced.

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