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Great Dane grooming Advice And Information

Jun 26, 2008
Many people think that grooming a Great Dane is difficult given this breed's size. But what many people don't realize is the fact that grooming a Great Dane is not that difficult at all.

Like any other dogs, this breed needs to be groomed not just to look good but more importantly, to stay healthy. Through grooming, you will be able to discover early symptoms of medical condition such as bumps, skin patches, cuts, sensitive joints and problems with the paws. Early discovery of these things means sooner treatment can be applied to address the problem. Grooming is also the best time for you to bond with your dog. Though some dogs may not appreciate bath time, they would allow you to do it because they love to interact with you and be touched and cared by you.

Contrary to what others think, grooming a Dane can be easy as long as you are well aware of the methods on how to do it correctly. Here are some few things to consider:

- Great Danes are short haired and average shedder. Frequent bathing is not necessary to keep them clean and well groomed. Daily brushing using a firm bristle brush or body brush is enough to keep their coat clean, smooth and glossy. Dry shampoo can be used when needed. Brushing does not only benefit the coat but the skin as well. Through brushing, the natural oils in the fur area are spread uniformly making the skin smooth and healthy.

- Grooming should be started at an early age to get your dog used to it. But if you have an older dog, it is still possible to groom him. Introduce the process gradually and use treats and plenty of praise to add more fun.

- The ears of a Great Dane, whether cropped or natural, are susceptible to debris contamination thus should be cleaned regularly. It is a good idea to check your Danes ears at least once a week. The skin around the canal should be pale pink and there should be no odor. Red or inflamed skin and/or unpleasant odor may indicate yeast or bacterial infection. Clean your dog's ears using a cotton ball moistened with warm water or little mineral oil. Never probe too deeply into the ear canal.

- Brush your dog's teeth at least twice a week using a pet toothbrush and toothpaste. Avoid using toothpaste for humans.

Once your Dane gets used to all these grooming practices at an early age, he will definitely enjoy this moment with you.
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