Dog Grooming Tips
Dog Grooming & Bathing Basics
Bathing Your Dog
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If your dog has any matted areas, remove those before the bath – they will be harder to remove once they are wet. ADematting Knife is a handy little tool that allows you to remove unsightly matts in a snap. We also recommend a Grooming Comb to help remove loose hair, dead undercoat, and excess fluffing.
It is a good idea to introduce your dog to grooming immediately and slowly increase the amount of time you spend per session. As your dog becomes accustomed to the routine, he will learn to enjoy the experience and look forward to the event. Using the right grooming tools can make the process more pleasurable so take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with different brushes and combs available today.
Dog Grooming Tools
Bristle Brushfor Dogs
Steel Comb for Dogs
Rubber Brush for Dogs
Shedding Blade for Dogs
Slicker Brush for Dogs
Steel Pin Brush for Dogs
Undercoat Rakes & Dematting Tools
Flea Comb for Dogs
Double Sided Nail File for Dogs
Nail Clipper for Dogs
Styptic Powder for Dogs
How to Groom a Wire-Haired Dog
Most Terriers and Schnauzers fit this category of coat. Short and coarse, wire-haired dogs are prone to matting and trapping debris in their coats. To prevent this, regular grooming is necessary to keep the coats clean and healthy.
Steel Pin Brush works great on this type of coat, as does a general Bristle Brush. Use a Slicker brush to remove any loose hair and dirt. You can maximize your grooming sessions with a Combination Brush that combine the slicker or steel pin brush with a general bristle brush. We also recommend using a Flea Comb to keep your dog pest free.
How to Groom a Short-Haired Dog
Rottweilers and Dobermans are two good examples of a short-haired breed. This type of coat is generally easy to groom, and shedding is typically minimal.
Rubber Grooming Brushes are a great general tool to brush the coat and help stimulate the natural oils in the skin. Also, on the list are the Bristle Brush and Combo Brush. To control parasites and pests, use a Flea Comb on a regular basis. Shedding Blades would only be needed during peak shedding season.
How to Groom a Curly-Haired Dog
How to Groom a Double Coated Dog
Nail Trimming Tips
Think you cannot trim your dog’s nails? Think again. Your dog’s regular grooming schedule should include nail trimming if necessary, to ensure they remain at a safe and comfortable length. Many dogs do not need regular pedicures as their nails wear down naturally. Use bath time to give your dog’s nails a quick makeover. If you notice long nails that have begun to curl downward, it is time to take out your clippers.
Clipping your dog’s nails is not as difficult as you might think. The nails are narrow and round, making them relatively easy to clip. Just above the nail is the quick – the portion of the nail that is “alive” with circulatory blood vessels. Cut too high and you risk cutting into the quick. To prevent this, choose a time when you are not rushed and can leisurely clip your dog’s nails. Start out slow. Trying to cut the entire nail in one clip is a no-no; instead, make smaller cuts until you reach the desired length.
There are several sizes and styles of Nail Clippers available. Choosing the right one will depend largely on personal preference and the size of your dog’s nails.
To start with, sit in a position where you can comfortably hold your dog’s paw. For smaller dogs, you may want to simply place your pet in your lap. Hold your dog’s paw gently but firmly and use your fingers to isolate a single nail. Dogs with lighter colored nails are easiest, as you can clearly spot the pink quick area you want to avoid. Dogs with darker nails do not have the visible pink quick, but if you begin cutting, you will notice that the end of the nail begins to get darker as you go. The dark area represents the quick and you want to make sure you leave that intact. As a guide, your dog’s nails should just touch the floor. Anything longer is too much. Anything shorter and you risk cutting into the quick.
To position the clippers, you will want to cut from the bottom up so that you can clearly see the blade against the nail. Once you have the clippers positioned, squeeze firmly to cut the nail. When you have reached the desired length, you can let your dog file down the rough edges naturally or use a Double-Sided Nail Files to smoothen out the nail.
Should you accidentally cut too much, simply apply some Styptic Powder for dog to stop the bleeding.