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Dog Grooming and Care Techniques

Jun 18, 2008
Dog grooming is an important facet of being a pet owner. Proper grooming helps with the prevention of parasites (such as ticks, fleas, etc.), and contributes to the overall comfort of your dog depending on the season and temperature.

Proper dog grooming includes fur brushing, baths, and other items such as tooth brushing or nail clipping. All of these should be done on a regular basis to keep your dog healthy. This article will describe some of the techniques you may use in order to properly groom your dog.

Bathing should be the first step for any pet owner. This should be done before any hair trimming, nail clipping, or other treatment is done, as this will remove many of the parasites that may have found their way onto your dog. This will also get rid of some of the dirt or debris that may have worked its way into your dog's fur, and will make your job easier when it comes time to actually start brushing or trimming. Also, this softens up the hair, which is to the benefit of you and your dog.

Some dogs don't like to have their hair trimmed, so it's important that you leash your dog if you feel as though he won't like it. For dogs that like to nip (Border Collies are one such breed), it may be a good idea to put on a humane muzzle to keep yourself from getting bitten. Of course, if this is a serious concern with an aggressive dog, your best bet is to leave grooming to a professional! Brushing is important both before and after trimming. This removes clumps of hair and untangles areas that may be difficult to trim. Purchase a good pair of grooming clippers and simply trim down your dog's hair in areas that may have become overgrown. During the summer months, you may consider trimming to a shorter length than during the winter months.

Your dog's nails should be clipped at regular intervals, as this will contribute to your dog's paw health and keep your furniture (and you!) from getting scratched. This should be done starting when they're puppies to get them accustomed to the procedure. Cut the nails short, but don't clip too far and into the dog's "quick."

Teeth, eyes, and ears are important parts of dog grooming, just as they are for humans. Tooth health can be provided by giving them specially designed chew toys, or using special dog toothbrushes and toothpaste. Eyes should be checked for leakage, and may need to be cleaned on a daily basis to keep from becoming infected. Finally, ears should be checked regularly for parasites and cleared of dirt and other debris.

I hope this article has given you a better understanding of dog grooming techniques.
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Joe provides excellent information about dog grooming tools at his website. He also provides information on dog nail clippers .
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