Why is Grooming Good for your dog?Grooming is an important part of your dogs health,with regular brushing and combing helping to removedead hair and dirt and prevent matting. Dogs who areregularly groomed tend to have a healthier and shiniercoat because it stimulates the blood supply to the skin.Grooming your dog can also be a good way to bondwith your dog, and its important to get him used to itfrom an early age. Many dogs learn to see their routinebrushing as an alternate petting, another source ofaffection and attention. A good quality brush and combwill help you with your dogs coat, but also rememberthat your dogs eyes, ears, and nails require attentionas well.
Reasons to Groom? Grooming is an important part of dog care. Depending on the breed, age, and health of the dog, grooming may be a daily activity. Many breeds require significantly less grooming than this, but regular grooming helps to ensure the dog is healthy and comfortable. It is important to note that while many dogs shed, others, do not shed as profusely, and require grooming by a professional every 6–8 weeks maximum.
Main Reasons The main reasons for daily grooming include: decreased chance of various health problems, such as thrush, scratches, and other skin problems general cleanliness of the dog monitoring of the dogs health by checking for cuts, heat, swelling, lameness, or changes in temperament, all of which could be indicative of illness forging of a closer bond between dog and owner
Bathing is important Dogs can be bathed by being sprayed with a hand-held shower head, or doused with water from a bucket. One bath will not make a dog truly clean. A second bath is excellent to ensure the entire body has been cleaned. Dogs should be bathed with warm, not hot water, in order to make it a more enjoyable experience. Dogs with a heavy or matted coat should never be bathed without first being completely brushed out or clipped of any mats.
Nail trimming Nail trimming is essential for maintaining good health. If a dogs nails are allowed to grow, they will curl over into a spiral shape; walking will become increasingly painful to the dog as they grow, putting pressure on the dogs toes (a bit like walking in shoes that are too small). Uncut nails may curl so far that they pierce the paw pad, leading to infection and debilitating pain. If one does not trim a dogs nails on a monthly basis the quick will grow along with the nail, making it nearly impossible to cut properly. Owners may choose to trim nails themselves or may opt to take their pet to a groomer or veterinarian.
Hair Removal The coats of many breeds require trimming, cutting, or other attention. Styles vary by breed and discipline. While some hair removal has its origins in practical purposes, much is based on the taste of the owner, whether or not the dog will be shown, and what work the dog does. The rubber grooming gloves and dog brushes are intended to drag loose hair from the short-coated dogs and are ones of the most popular grooming tools amongst pet owners. They are easy to use, as using them basically means massaging the coat in firm strokes and have the advantage of being suitable for both wet and dry coats.
Dental Care Dental care is also to be considered while grooming. This is however quite a difficult mission, given that dogs hardly allow their teeth to be brushed. The dental kits available on the market include everything from special tooth paste to toothbrushes. Many models of toothbrushes include a three flexible head design which maintains the proper pressure on all surfaces of the tooth with every stroke. These brushes have side bristles set the 45 degree angles to reduce the arm twisting and soft outer bristles for massaging the gums. Toothpaste designed to be used on dogs is usually natural sugar free toothpaste with different flavoring. Foaming or rinsing is not necessary.
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