Regular grooming is important to help keep your dog comfortable, happy, and healthy. Basic care includes bathing, brushing your dog’s coat, regular dental care, trimming their nails, and caring for their paws, ears, and eyes. If introduced early and kept a positive experience, grooming tasks can become a bonding time for you and your dog. Here are a few useful dog grooming tips to keep in mind:
1. Use the Right Tools for the Job
No matter what grooming task you and your dog are taking on, it’s important to use the right tools for the job. When it comes to brushing your dog’s coat, using the right type of comb and/or brush for their coat type can make a big difference. When trimming nails, you can use clippers or a grinder. Getting a tool built specifically for dog’s nails and choosing the one that is the most comfortable for you and your dog matters.
For bathing, it’s important to use washes formulated for dogs to prevent and reduce skin problems. It’s also important to use toothpaste and other dental care products made for dogs as you care for their gums and teeth. Human products can contain harmful or irritating ingredients, so using dog products helps keep your dog comfortable and safe.
2. Brush Before Bathing
Before bathing your dog, be sure to thoroughly brush their coat. This will help remove dead hair and smooth out any tangles. Doing this beforehand helps to prevent mats from forming, helps to reduce the amount of loose fur that ends up in your tub, and also makes bathing more effective. Plus, your dog will feel less itchy and will be more comfortable overall.
3. Protect Eyes and Ears During Bathtime
Your pup’s eyes and ears are sensitive and should be protected during bathtime. You can avoid washing your dog’s head during bathtime and use a wet washcloth to clean their head and face. This prevents shampoo and water from getting in their ears or eyes. If you want to include shampoo on their head, you can put a large cotton ball in each ear during bathtime to protect their ears and use a sprayer to help control where the water flows during rinsing to keep soapy water away from their eyes.
4. Check Eyes Regularly
For some health issues, the symptoms start showing up in the eyes first. By checking your dog’s eyes regularly, you can catch signs of anything strange early and also keep your dog’s eyes clean. A little bit of gunk is likely normal and can be cleaned by gently wiping with a damp cotton ball. Start at the inner corner of the eye and wipe outward while being careful not to touch your dog’s eyeball.
Consistently runny eyes or a lot of discharge could be signs of an infection and you should take your dog to the vet. The same is true with cloudiness or inflammation. When you look at your dog’s eyes, they should be clear and bright. If not, it’s worth a trip to the vet to make sure your dog is not suffering.
There are a lot of details to cover when it comes to properly grooming your dog. These dog grooming tips are helpful and useful, but certainly don’t cover everything. Don’t be afraid to ask your vet if you have other questions about how best to handle specific grooming tasks.