Regular dog grooming keeps your dog clean and healthy, as well as preventing skin infections caused by matted hair, periodontal disease caused by uncared for teeth, ear infections from excessive build up of wax, dirt and bacteria, etc. However, dog grooming is not for everyone and if you are unsure about any aspects, we recommend that you have your dog professionally groomed or speak to your Vet for any recommendations he/she might have.
Dog grooming can be quick and simple for many breeds, whilst for other dog breeds, bathing the dog and brushing out the dog’s undercoat can be very time consuming. For the dog owner who is stretched for time, consider tackling the following dog grooming tasks individually over the course of a few days.
Brush the dog – For short-haired dogs like Staffordshire Terrier or Jack Russell, brushing the dog’s coat will be fairly simple. But for dog breeds with long fur or a thick undercoat, like a Collie or a Afghan Hound, dog grooming activity can be very time consuming. Save time by purchasing the proper dog grooming equipment (i.e. an undercoat rake, or a slicker brush for a Pit Bull).
Express the dog’s anal glands – Regular manual anal gland expression will help dogs to avoid impacted anal glands and abscessed anal glands. Professional Dog groomers will frequently express a dog’s anal glands as a part of full-service grooming.
Wash the dog – Use a gentle pet shampoo and follow with dog conditioner to help improve a dog’s dry, flaky skin. Rinse well to avoid a dog with itchy skin. Dry the dog’s fur with a towel and brush the dog’s coat. If the dog is a long-haired breed, avoid hair breakage by postponing brushing until after the dog’s coat has dried. Clean the dog’s ears. Trim the hair inside the ears. Apply an ear cleaning solution to a cotton swab and clean the outer part of the dog’s ear. Saturate a few cotton swabs and clean the nooks and crannies of the dog’s ears. When cleaning a dog’s ears, only clean areas that are visible to avoid ear injury.
Trim the dog’s nails. Use traditional nail clippers or use a dremel-style nail file. If using pet nail clipper scissors or guillotine-style nail clippers, use a coarse grain nail file to smooth sharp edges after clipping the dog’s nails