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Making Your Dog Look Great through Grooming

It is very important to groom a dog. This is apart from giving the dog a healthy meal and ample exercises. Well groomed and fed dogs are not only healthy but also good looking. It is very nice for a dog owner to have a good looking dog. Many people however opt to wait for very long before grooming their dogs. Following this trend is not good. Groom the dog regularly even if it is small steps at a time.

So what entails grooming a dog? One should brush a dog as the first step in grooming. Regular brushing of dog coats is of paramount importance. However, this brushing should be done in time intervals that correlate to the size of coat of the dog. In most cases, dogs with short coats can be brushed on weekly basis. You can use rubber brushes and bristle ones on short coated dogs. Long coats should however be brushed more regularly. Long coat tangles are common on long coats of dogs hence the need to use slicker brushes to remove the tangles.

Brushing is the ideal time for checking for tick infestation on the dog’s coat. Invest in an appropriate tick prevention method in case you find them present on the coat of your dog. One last thing of importance when it comes to brushing a dog’s coat is to ensure that you do not forget to brush the tail and feet. This is important since many people have been known to overlook them yet they are prime places for ticks and fleas to hide. Tick prevention for dogs should be done if any traces of ticks are found.

One should bath a dog at regular intervals. The frequency of bathing a dog depends on factors such as weather conditions and activities that the dog is involved in. Use lukewarm water to bath the dog after brushing the coat. Special dog shampoo should be used all the way so as to reduce irritation of the skin. The dog can be well distracted using toys for easy bathing. Proper rinsing helps to avoid irritation. Low heat blow dryers can also be used to dry the dog. It is at the bathing stage that you can observe ears in a bid to notice any infection.

Many people ignore nail trimming of dogs. Nail trimming can be done weekly or when the nails grow too long. The fact that dogs dislike nail cutting means that you should consider giving the dog a treat each time you cut its nails. Ensure that when doing it you are steady when holding the foot but do not use too much energy to cause the dog discomfort. Cut a small bit of the nail at a time and stop in case you cut a spongy part. If you cut a spongy part, stop the bleeding using nail cauterizers or styptic powder. Observation of the above given grooming tips lead to dogs being happy, healthy and attractive in public.