Dog Grooming And Care

Dog Grooming And Care

Brushing and combing your dog should be made into a​ pleasant ritual. Select a​ place to​ do the​ grooming-a chair,​ table or​ bench will be satisfactory. Lift the​ dog onto the​ chair or​ table,​ talking to​ him,​ reassuring him that all is​ well. Let him know that he's in​ for a​ treat,​ not an​ ordeal. Let him sniff each tool; the​ comb,​ brush,​ nail clippers and scissors. It's very important that he learn to​ associate these tools with a​ pleasant experience. Handle the​ situation with tact and care,​ and the​ pup will look forward to​ it. Botch the​ job and you​ will be looking for the​ pup the​ next time you​ bring out the​ grooming tools.

When brushing the​ puppy,​ stroke the​ brush with and against the​ lie of​ the​ hair. This will help to​ loosen dead hair and stimulate the​ skin. Use a​ brush with the​ correct bristle length; short for medium- and short-haired dogs,​ long bristles for long-haired dogs. if​ you​ do any combing,​ use a​ fine comb for the​ short-haired dog and a​ comb with widely spaced teeth for the​ long-haired,​ medium-haired and wirehaired dogs. you​ can bring out the​ gloss in​ your dog's coat by polishing with a​ flannel cloth or​ one of​ the​ commercial grooming gloves. These grooming gloves are available in​ pet shops or​ pet supply stores.

Matted hair

If you​ have a​ short- or​ smooth-haired dog,​ you​ will not have to​ worry about matted hair. But medium- and longhaired dogs do get tangled or​ matted hair from burs,​ paint,​ tar,​ chewing gum or​ other sticky or​ prickly objects. Dried food will also contribute to​ matted hair,​ and this is​ common in​ puppies and very old dogs. Matted hair is​ not only unsightly,​ but it​ can pinch and irritate the​ dog.

If the​ hair is​ not too snarled,​ try combing out the​ mats. Do this gently. Hold the​ matted hair or​ tuft in​ one hand and gently comb it. if​ it​ is​ too tightly matted,​ you​ will have to​ cut it​ off. Use blunt-end scissors. Puppies are very quick and wriggly,​ so be careful not to​ jab your pup with the​ scissors. There's very little danger with blunt-end scissors. Gently pull the​ mat away from the​ dog's body,​ then carefully cut the​ hair between the​ skin and the​ mat or​ tuft. Avoid pulling or​ yanking the​ tuft; it​ hurts. Tar,​ paint,​ and other sticky or​ gummy matter can be softened with acetone (nail-polish remover) and then combed out.

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