Dog grooming is a critical part of dog care. Dog grooming involves a number of diverse tasks. Regular combing and brushing to eliminate dead hair, skin and general rubbish. Bathing and nail trimming, as well as maintaining your dog’s ears, eyes and mouth.

For good dog health you should groom regularly, in addition it gives quality bonding time with your dog. Your dog will see it as another form of petting. Dog grooming must be started early in the dogs life, build a daily routine, do at the same time, place and how. When starting dog grooming, be soft, but firm, that way he will not be anxious, but knows where he stands.

The brushing and combing will care for your dog’s coat, taking out all sorts of potential skin irritant and pests, giving a shinier and healthier coat. The specific type of grooming required depends on the dog breed, the below is generic and ideal for most dogs, but either verify with the dog breeder, or research it on the net, or your dog sitter should be able to help.

Bathing

Bathing is a significant task in dog grooming. There is no consensus on how often a given dog or breed must be bathed. The different aspects turn around mother natures self grooming maintains natural body oils. However bathing, even with specific dog shampoos will bathe the natural essential oils away. So many people wait until the dog is dirty before washing. There may be a man / woman thing, with women generally preferring to wash regularly and more often. Generally a bath about every couple of months or so should be expected.

It is easier to introduce a dog to bathing at an early age, so they are at ease, and even enjoy it. So prior to a planned bathing of the dog it is best to brush the dog well.

For a stress free bath, plan the dog bath well, collect and place everything ready and at hand prior to getting the pooch. This is especially stressful for those in large towns, with insufficient space and without the delights of shower rooms and utility rooms by the back door. For us city dwellers, we often have to take the dog up to the bathroom.

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Keeping a secure footing is important, so place the rubber mat in your shower. To evade ear problems, shield the ears by using cotton wool in the dog’s ears to stop water ingress into the ears. Some breeds with large ears such as Labradors can be especially susceptible to ear infections.

To avoid shocking your pooch use warmish water to bath your dog. It is easier to use a shower or spray hose. Keep the nozzle head close to the animal and do not spray onto the dog’s face, as this could scare him.

Choosing the right dog shampoo is important, do not use human shampoos. Only use a little and start from the head and top and wash downward and in the direction of the tail. Obviously avoid and be careful around the eyes. Crucial areas to spend time on washing well are around the chin, especially if he is messy with food, behind the ears, around the toes and the rectum.

Finish by rinsing with warm water, ensuring all the shampoo is washed out.

The dog will remove a lot of the water by shaking, so watch out!, then you can towel him down. You may like to use a hair dryer, mainly women again! This is not normally needed unless you are needing to take him out. It is better to finish drying off naturally inside.