Dog grooming refers to a wide concept. But for your proper understanding of this issue, we have divided it into four sections. These are (1) coat, (2) bath, (3) nail and (4) tooth brushing. These major sections have some arteries too. Dog grooming is often a bare manifestation of a sound trust between the dog and the owner. Now, we are straightforwardly going to hit the grooming methods.
Why, when and how to bathe a dog?
Unlike humans, dogs do not ask for too many baths throughout their life. Most of the time, they dislike the idea of getting wet. Then their skin does not welcome regular scrubbing as it removes natural oily texture and damages hair follicle structure.
Dogs are basically clean animals used to a habit of licking each other in this purpose. But an occasional bath is inevitable for its home stay as it will help drive out parasites and better their skin condition. So, dog grooming is incomplete without regular baths.
When should you bathe a dog?
There are two obvious reasons for bathing a dog. One is the presence of visible dirt on the coat and another is scaling down doggy odor. In this perspective, you need to take him to a shower only for a few occasions in a year. Indoor dogs have less requirement regarding bath while the outdoor dogs are just the opposite. However in no situation, you are supposed to take him out for a shower on your whims.
If you can identify smelly odor or garbage on the coat, it is high time the dog had a bath. Dogs with water resistant as well as smooth coat need not bathing too often as it harms their skin oil. If you are seeking for a specific timeline regarding this, then a bath a month fits most of the dogs.
Dog wash: Do it yourself
Now, there are two ways to perform this job. One is to take assistance from professional groomers and there are many choices around you regarding this. Another way is to have it done in your own way.
We are going to discuss on the methods so that you can do it all by yourself. Be especially careful with the dogs with skin diseases. Remember that no matter how good a owner you are terriers will give a hard time here.
Which products are absolutely necessary for dog bath?
- You have to collect all the fitting products. A dog sink, shower or baby bathtub will do fine. You can also do it in the yard.
- A dedicated dog shampoo together with a conditioner is vital. It is better to get a few advice from the vet if your dog skin has any complication. It is better to use a hypoallergenic or a baby shampoo. Thus you can respectively prevent skin and eye irritation
- There is a need for a metal pin brush too.
- A towel to set up down the tub for a better grip of the dog. Especially, old dogs enjoy some security from this grip.
- Eye and ear cleaning towels should accompany you.
- Eye and ear protecting flannels are good safety precautions.
- Arrange towels to soak him dry after you have finished.
- Get a warm place ready for him to help retrieve body temperature quickly.
- If you or the dog is new to this, have a helper ready to hold him steadily.
- Have all these things together before you start with the process. Do not run for one thing after another when you already have started.
What you should not do during dog bath?
1) If your dog has layers of skin stacked together, do not splash too much water to clean inside. Using soap is totally prohibited for him.
2) Be careful not to hit water into his ear holes.
3) You have to allocate a relaxed routine in this regard. Hasty actions may create ill feelings in the dog.
4) Do not bring in a fresh and fully energetic dog. Tire him out before starting. A tired dog is always a good dog.
5) Cotton balls are poor choice for ear protection.
6) Too hot or too cold water is a ‘no’. They prefer normal water.
7) If you are using a new shampoo, apply it to a small body area. So, any ill impact can be identified and taken care of in due time. Do not put it all over him on the very first occasion.
8) Human bathing items such as soap or shampoo are not meant for dog skin.
What are the steps for a perfect bath?
a. Brush his coat thoroughly as it removes all the hard or redundant substances stashed inside of his coat.
b. Before showering water on him, read out the instructions on the packet of the dog shampoo.
c. If recommended, dilute the shampoo very well as this process helps easily rinse out its sticky elements.
d. After some initial pouring of water, apply a little amount of dog shampoo. Then, lather thoroughly and rinse it out completely with flowing water. Do not leave any trace of shampoo behind.
e. In case of a conditioner, you have to follow the same process that of applying dog shampoo.
f. Your praises can eliminate dog nervousness. So, appreciate the assistance of the dog.
g. You may use baby wipes or a soaked towel to reach inside the skin folds.
h. Never push anything into his ears other than special dog ear cleaners.
What you need to do after dog bathing is finished off?
- Finishing all these steps, you need to pack him in a towel and dry his coat swiftly. It is vital that you dry him out completely especially if the dog is a toy breed. However, thick coats often call a fair invitation for hairdryer.
- Ear cleaning is especially easier during or after the bath. You can do that now.
- You can also cut the nails as it will turn softer at this moment.
- You may want to give him a fantastic treat after you are done with the business.
Why and How to Cut Dog Nails?
Regular nail trimming is a healthy requirement for dog grooming. It saves you from danger as the dogs are often habituated to jumping onto your lap which might end in an injury. The dog also feels uncomfortable with long toenails. Especially, if you do not take him out for long walks, his nails will not worn out naturally.
Basic ideas on nail structure:
Cutting dog nails requires some ideas on your part. Nails have two parts namely nail and quick. Quick is pinkish in color if the dog has white nail. But some of the dogs have black nails too. In that case, a black dot identifies the distinction between nail and quick. Nipping the quick will result in a fair amount of bleeding along with sheering pain.
What are the necessary tools for nail cutting?
As a rule of thumb, small dogs prefer cutting and large dogs need grinding. A scissor may not be your choice all the time. Dog owners may use small or bigger scissors for the respective nail size of the pooch. Here an important fact is that small scissors let you exercise more freedom regarding the execution of the task.
How to cut it?
You have to cut it in small bits especially if you are new in the business. It tremendously reduces the risks of a large accident. You have to act politely while handling his paws. He does not feel quite comfortable with your activities. Acquaint your dog with this process at a very early age. Trim it from an angle rather than in a vertical manner. Regular nail trimming will fulfill the requirements of dog grooming.