How To Groom Your Dog

As dog owners, we all know how messy and dirty our dogs love to be.  Being a dog owner comes with some responsibilities, one of which is keeping your dog in good hygiene by grooming them.  Snip ’em, clip ’em, wash ’em, and enjoy your new shiny clean dog.  Well, at least until they find some mud.  Dogs are actually pretty good at grooming themselves, although sometimes they will need extra help when they get extra dirty.  Here are some tips to get you on your way to grooming your pet like a pro!

Grooming Your Dog

Grooming can be a stressful experience for both you and you dog.  Unfortunately, sometimes they aren’t relaxed enough when we go to groom them and they can get scared or excited, which usually will mean we end up getting soaked in  puppy suds.  A grooming session with your dog should be a fun and enjoyable experience, so make sure you do it when they are relaxed, take them out for play time before trying to groom them.  Try to stay with shorter duration of grooming rather than trying a once in awhile cleaning everywhere marathon.  As they get used to grooming, they will stay more relaxed while you are cleaning them.  Treats can also help, but make sure they do not become a distraction.  Regular brushing of your dog’s coat will keep it in a good state, by removing dirt or foreign objects, removing tangles, and keeping the skin under the coat free of irritation (and it is also the best way to find ticks or fleas).  The longer your dog’s fur is the more often you will have to brush it, although other factors will also play into this, like how often they are playing in the mud.  Dogs with finer coats will also require more attention to detail, and a fine-toothed brush, than a dog with a thick coat will.

Another important part of keeping your dog clean is bathing them.  It depends on how much your dog plays outdoors, and what type of environment you are in, but generally speaking, you should give your dog a bath every three months or so.  Use a very mild and unscented shampoo that is pet safe, and give them a rubber mat so they don’t slip around and get scared.  Just like with washing your own hair, soak their coat with warm water and gently massage the shampoo into their coat.  If they think bath time is play time, and get goofy all over you, try giving them a toy to chew while you bathe them (like a rubber ducky)!