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| Grooming Your Dog |
Snip, clip, wash and dry!
Ever watched your dog roll on the ground, lick their coat or chew at a mat on their fur? These are their ways of keeping clean. Sometimes, though, they will need a little extra help from their human friend to look their best.
Make Grooming as Enjoyable as Possible—For the Both of You!
Grooming sessions should always be fun, so be sure to schedule them when your dog’s relaxed, especially if they are the excitable type. Until your pet is used to being groomed, keep the sessions short—just 5 to 10 minutes. Gradually lengthen the time until it becomes routine for your dog. You can help her get comfortable with being touched and handled by making a habit of petting every single part of your dog, including such potentially sensitive areas as the ears, tail, belly, back and feet.
And here’s one of our most important tips of all—pile on the praise and offer your pooch a treat when the session is finished!
Special Breeds, Special Needs
Dogs with loose facial skin or wrinkles—such as shar peis and pugs—will need special attention. To prevent dirt and bacteria from causing irritation and infection, clean the folds with damp cotton. Always thoroughly dry the areas between the folds.
If your dog has long or droopy ears, you should check them weekly. Remove wax and dirt from your pet’s ears with a cotton ball moistened with water or a little mineral oil. You may need to remove any excess hair leading into the ear canal; ask your pet’s vet or groomer to show you how before trying it at home. There are special hair removers that allow you to carefully pull one strand at a time.
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