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Grooming And Your Chihuahua Dog

Mar 25, 2008
The Chihuahua is the tiniest dog known to man today and also the oldest. History points to the fact that the Aztecs bred this dog exclusively for royalty, though the ancient breed was slightly larger than the present one. This dog is a cute diminutive dog categorized as a Toy breed and weighs six pounds or less. It has an exquisite looking face with a sharp muzzle and slightly bulging intelligent eyes crowned by two extra large and pointed ears. Its coat is either short or longhaired.

Grooming your Chihuahua is not a big deal mainly because it is so small. Besides, these dogs are basically indoor animals so there is very little chance for them to get messy. The short hair is easy to manage with a simple brushing every alternate day or so, while the long hair needs a bath once every two to three months.
Clipping the nails could be the trickiest part of grooming your Chihuahua. They are very frisky and normally hate to sit still which is absolutely required when the nails are clipped. This is a moderately challenging task, which will require your utmost patience and a certain degree of skill in order to do a good job.

Since most people have a lot difficulty with this kind of grooming here are some sure-fire tips that will help you clip your Chihuahua nails without any trouble at all. You will need a few things first - a large towel, grooming clippers for dogs, another person who can assist you, and your pet - preferably in a good mood.

Take your Chihuahua and wrap it tightly in the large towel just like you would wrap a baby leaving only the feet free at both ends. Ask the person who agreed to assist you to hold the dog tightly in his or her arms. The dogs usually love this because they love cuddling. Check carefully how far the quick is and then cut the nail straight across.

Sometimes it will be difficult to clip the nails of the dog even with the utmost patience and precautions when grooming your Chihuahua. But do not fret, because there are two ways to reduce the length of a dog's nails. One is to exercise and the other is by having a professional do the job for you.

There are a few tricks that can help you with grooming your Chihuahua. Ensure that it has eaten recently or just before it wants to settle down for a nap. Have a few treats ready and reward it amply after the clipping session. With time it will associate the clipping session with the snacking and will allow you to clip the nails without any trouble.

If you have a cemented courtyard, you could make your Chihuahua run about ten to fifteen minutes everyday with the help of a ball or a Frisbee. The running should apply enough friction on the nails to file them and you will have lovely short nails without any clipping headaches
About the Author
Sandra Dean is a veteran breeder who has studied in depth about the behavior and care of the Chihuahua breed. Chihuahua grooming is not a big problem for anyone who loves this dog. Though bathing is important, it is vital to note that grooming means many other things as well. This article will give some basic Chihuahua grooming tips which can help you care for your pet better.
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