Grooming Your Dog
Ever watched your dog roll on the ground, lick her coat or chew at a mat on her fur? These are her ways of keeping clean. Sometimes, though, she'll need a little extra help from her friend to look her best.
Make Grooming as Enjoyable as Possible—For the Both of You!
Grooming sessions should always be fun, so be sure to schedule them when your dog's relaxed, especially if she's the excitable type. Until your pet is used to being groomed, keep the sessions short—just 5 to 10 minutes. Gradually lengthen the time until it becomes routine for your dog. You can help her get comfortable with being touched and handled by making a habit of petting every single part of your dog, including such potentially sensitive areas as the ears, tail, belly, back and feet.
And here's one of our most important tips of all—pile on the praise and offer your pooch a treat when the session is finished!
Regular grooming with a brush or comb will help keep your pet's hair in good condition by removing dirt, spreading natural oils throughout her coat, preventing tangles and keeping her skin clean and irritant-free. And grooming time's a great time to check for fleas and flea dirt--those little black specks that indicate your pet is playing host to a flea family.
If your dog has a smooth, short coat (like that of a chihuahua, boxer or basset hound), you only need to brush once a week:
If your dog has short, dense fur that's prone to matting, like that of a retriever, here's your weekly routine:
If your dog has a long, luxurious coat, such as that of a Yorkshire terrier, she'll need daily attention: