You’ve adopted a new four-legged friend, and now you’re ready to welcome them into your household! While they might look like the perfect furry accessory, proper grooming and bathing are essential in keeping your pup clean and healthy. So let’s get started!
Every new dog owner should know the tools needed for grooming their dogs. First, to get started with grooming, you need the proper ones.
What you need to know
There are two main types of grooming products- products made especially for dogs or products that can be used for both humans and dogs. You can use human products on your dogs, but they may not be safe for them. Allergic reactions, toxicity, and other issues are very possible, so unless you have successfully used a product on your dog before, do not use them. Choose products like brush and a nail grinder made specifically for dogs, so you don’t have to worry about potential mistakes. Some simple tools for grooming are clippers, nail grinders, brushes, combs, and shampoo.
How to start
It is important to get your dog used to be groomed at a young age, normally when they are around 6 months old. You can start with short sessions of grooming where your pup gets comfortable with you brushing its hair or cutting its nails. It is recommended that you brush your dog for a few minutes a day, depending on their fur type and length of hair. Brushing helps get rid of excess hair while massaging the skin to stimulate blood flow and release natural oils, resulting in healthier skin and coats. You should always start slow and learn about your dog, so you can make his grooming experience better. Here are some tips that will help you do a good job as a new dog owner.
Tips for grooming your dog
Clean your dog’s ears weekly. Using an ear cleaner specifically designed for dogs is often the easiest way to clean your dog’s ears. Do not use human cleaners as they can be too harsh for your dog’s ear canal. Look for the words “dog” or “for dogs” on the label of any products you buy.
Trim your dog’s nails weekly. Long nails can cause problems for dogs and could even break if they get too long. It is best to trim them while they are still short so there is no chance of injury. You will need a nail grinder, clippers, styptic powder, and cotton balls to safely trim nails at home.
When it comes time to actually bathe your dog, make sure that your dog is completely dry before you do so. Water will cause their fur to clump together, which can lead to matting. To dry, use a towel and rub them down- be gentle so as not to damage their coat or skin.
If your dog gets dirty after being outside for a long time, it is best to let them dry in the sun rather than bathing in water. This will help to dry naturally and let them clean themselves naturally. If you do decide to give your dog a bath, it is best to use lukewarm water so as not to shock or startle them.
Keep an eye on their paws while outside if they are known for digging around and getting dirt or rocks stuck on their paws. Use a towel or waterless shampoo to clean the dirt off of their paws before getting them wet. There are also a variety of excellent dog paw balms on the market.
After you have groomed your dog, make sure they are comfortable and not showing signs of stress. If you notice any small mats in their fur, carefully remove them with a mat remover or take your dog to a groomer to have them professionally removed. Do not attempt to cut out mats as this could hurt your pup.
Finally, don’t forget to praise your dog for being a good pup while you’re grooming them!
Products you should use
In addition to these practical grooming steps, your veterinarian can give advice that will meet your specific pet’s needs. For example, have them recommend a shampoo for your dog’s specific breed, size, and temperament. They may also recommend products to help prevent any specific conditions that the dog has or is predisposed to having. Dogs that suffer from skin conditions may require a shampoo with extra moisturizers to keep their skin well-conditioned.
Grooming a dog is a highly rewarding experience that both the owner and the pet will enjoy. With patience, time, and love, your dog will grow to trust you as its owner and look forward to bath time every day!