Dogs love a good bath after a messy play-day at the park as much as we do. If you’re not able to visit your furry friend’s regular grooming salon due to the ongoing lockdown, you might want to establish an in-house grooming routine. Your dog needs to have baths at regular intervals and proper maintenance of fur, coat, and nails for their health and comfort. This also ensures the detection of any potential issues with your dog’s health, needing a vet’s attention.
Use the following tips to have an anxiety-free and relaxing grooming day for your dog.
Keep in mind that you don’t need to bath your dog as frequently as yourself. Maintain an appropriate interval between consecutive baths, preferably after a particularly messy walk or training. Excessive bathing might cause the coat and skin of your dog to dry out. Check up with the vet on how often you should bath your dog, depending on the coat and any specific health conditions.
Be prepared with the necessary items- treats, dog brush, comb, dog-safe shampoo, Plenty of towels, and a blow dryer. After this, you’ll want to prepare for the bathing area. Have the water ready ay a comfortable temperature.
Next, brush your dog to remove loose hair and tangles. Start by placing your dog gently in the sink or tub. Start at the back legs and wet the body slowly. Getting started with a treat might help your dog, especially little puppies, to get distracted from the initial anxiousness. Towel dry your dog after the bath as much as possible. If your dog is used to a blow dryer, begin by slowly blowing out the fur. Discontinue this if the dog seems anxious or stressed.
Getting brushed might be a very enjoyable experience for your dog if done properly. It ensures a cut down on shedding and a relaxing feeling as well. Start brushing from the head using gentle strokes. Move over to the toe from the head, making sure that your dog is comfortable. Use the right kind of brushes ad combs depending upon the dog’s coat and fur.
Cleaning the Ears
Your dog might not enjoy having his ears touched, so make sure that you’re very gentle and reward him with a treat afterward.
Ear cleanliness is crucial for dogs as it helps prevent several health complications. Use a cotton ball, vet-approved ear cleaning solution, dog-ear wipes, and treats. Wipe fur with the cotton ball over all the visible skin. Use a different cotton ball for the other ear; it helps prevent the transmission of an infectious disease.
Dental hygiene is imperative to maintain good health for your dog. Many gums and teeth related diseases can be prevented by maintaining a good dental hygiene routine. Brushing -3 times a week is recommended by experts. Ensure a good quality dog toothbrush and toothpaste. Brush gently and slowly, lifting your dog’s gums. Look for any signs of swelling or discoloration while you’re at it. Wash your hands before and after brushing to keep away any transfer of bacteria and parasites.
Trimming the Nails
Trimming your dog’s nails helps him keep comfortable while also protecting your furniture and floors from scratches. Before doing this though, try to make contact with your dog’s paws for a while to get him accustomed to it. Dogs are not generally comfortable with their paws getting touched. Use an appropriate trimmer, styptic powder, and treats.
Ensure that your dog is completely relaxed as any unwarranted movement can cause an injury. Gently use the nail clippers and trim ONLY the tip of the nails. Do not go too fast as the “quick” of a dog’s nail has nerve endings and blood vessels. It might be visible along the length of the nail upon examining it. Be calm and patient while doing this. Apply pressure and use the styptic powder in case the dog’s nails start to bleed.
It could be an overwhelming or exhausting experience at first to groom your dog but can be rewarding once you establish a routine. Ensure that your pooch is always relaxed at all times during a grooming session. Discontinue if you see any signs of discomfort or anxiousness. This is supposed to be a relaxing and bonding time for the two of you.