Grooming and bonding
Grooming and bonding
Grooming your dog accomplishes much more than just making his coat
look nice and shiny. Get your dog used to being brushed and bathed
at an early age, and it will provide you with the opportunity to
spend some quality time with him and check closely for any problems.
Move the hair aside and examine the skin closely for signs of fleas,
ticks or skin irritations. Look for any unusual problems with the
coat such as mats, tangles, or dandruff. Mats and tangles can be
carefully removed while grooming.
All dogs have sensitive areas that need to be groomed a little
more gently and carefully than others. You’ll also learn where your
dog likes to be combed and brushed – this is helpful if you need
to calm him during stressful times such as veterinary visits. Let
your dog sniff the brush and comb before you begin grooming, and
then talk to your pet in a reassuring tone while grooming. If the
grooming procedure is made comfortable for your dog, he will begin
to look forward to regular grooming sessions.
Regular grooming is essential to your dog’s health and well-being.
Regular combing and brushing will keep the coat clean and healthy.
It will stimulate the skin, and allow the natural oils to circulate
to the coat. It will also allow you to carefully check for potentially
serious problems. Check areas for hair loss, inflammation, unusual
tenderness, or lumps under the skin. Constant scratching in a particular
area may also be an indication of a problem. Check with your veterinarian
about any unusual problems found.
Comb in the direction of hair growth, combing small sections at
a time, until the coat is tangle free. If the coat has a particularly
stubborn knot or tangle, you may have to trim it off with scissors.
If you are using combination comb, begin with the widely spaced
teeth, and follow up with the finer teeth.
Begin brushing at the head, working toward the tail and down the
legs. Regular brushing will help distribute the natural oils from
the skin, producing a healthy, shiny coat. Brushing several times
a week is recommended for most dogs.
Because puppies have short attention spans, select a time when
he is less energetic. Begin with short grooming sessions – about
five minutes. Constantly talk to your puppy in a gentle, reassuring
tone while grooming to make him feel comfortable. Be sure to check
his ears, paws, teeth, and underside during the grooming procedure.
Soon he will become more comfortable to being handled and look forward
to these sessions with you.
It is important to establish and adhere to a regular schedule of
grooming sessions. Schedule these at a convenient time for both
you and your dog. A good time to do this is after the dog has been
walked, while he is relieved and calm. Select a time when you will
not be interrupted and have ample time. You will soon see what frequency
your dog requires.
Regular nail trimming is important to your dog’s health. Use trimmers
that are specially designed for dogs. Begin by holding your dog’s
paw firmly, and cut off the tip of the nail with a single stroke.
Be careful to stop short of the blood vessel inside the nail. Follow
up by filing your dog’s nails with a nail file. Some dogs prefer
having their nails ground down with a grinding tool instead of clipped.
Bath Time! Many dog owners prefer to bathe their dog at home rather
than have a groomer do it. How big your dog is will make a big difference
in where you choose to give him his bath. Small dogs can be easily
be bathed in the sink or bathtub, but bigger dogs present a different
– Have towels (and everything else you need) handy before you begin.
– Have the dog stand on a rubber mat in the tub or sink so he’ll
– Be careful and try not to get water in the ears.
– Remember to brush out all mats from the coat before bathing.
– Most dogs don’t need a bath more than once a month. Bathing too
frequently can dry out the skin and coat.
– The water temperature should be warm – not hot.
– Talk to him and praise him for being so good, reassuring him that
a bath is a good thing!
A short-haired dog is fairly easy to bathe, especially if he’s
small. A hose attachment or a hose type shower massage can be a
big help when using the sink or bathtub.
It’s best to bathe a large dog in the bathtub (be prepared for
a bath yourself) or in the yard when the weather permits.
Buy a good dog shampoo – you might ask your veterinarian what he
Before the dog even gets near the bath water, brush him well. All
of the dead, shedding fur has to be removed from the coat and undercoat.
If the dog has knots, tangles, or mats, they must all be removed
before you bathe him. Brushing is necessary before and after the
Wet the dog well from the neck to the tail, saving the head, face,
and ears for later. Begin by shampooing the hind legs. Then do the
tail and the rear end. Next, shampoo the body, chest, and front
legs. Now, carefully wet the head, face, and ears. Lather those
areas, being careful not to get suds in the dog’s eyes. Now it’s
time to rinse, and rinse, and rinse, and rinse. First rinse the
shampoo from the head, face, and ears, and then the body and legs.
Don’t forget the underside of the dog. To reach that area, have
him stand on his hind legs by lifting his front paws. Keep rinsing
until you no longer feel shampoo anywhere on the dog and the water
runs clear. Any residue of shampoo remaining on the dog can cause
itching, flaking, and skin problems.
When finished, wrap the dog in a towel to absorb excess water and
to prevent him from shaking it everywhere. Then towel dry each part
of the dog starting with his face, head, ears, body, legs, and then
tail. A good towel drying can save lots of time. Finish up by drying
him with a hair blower – make sure the dryer is set at a comfortable
temperature, and don’t hold it too close to the dog’s skin.
Now pet your dog and give him a treat!
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