Not surprisingly, there are plenty of dog owners who underestimate the importance of grooming their pet. They are under the impression that visiting a dog wash once every month is more than sufficient. But nothing could be farther from the truth.
It’s not about a full fledged grooming session at a salon, but rather about basic dog grooming. Your pet dog needs to be taken regular care of daily as part of his basic maintenance in order to keep him clean and presentable until his next grooming appointment.
With the easy dog grooming tips below, it’s not that hard to accomplish and only takes a few minutes each day. And there’s the added bonus of spending quality time with your pet dog in order to strengthen the bond between the two of you.
These simple steps will help your pet dog maintain overall health, make him look great and have him get accustomed to the entire process of grooming, thus making the sessions much more enjoyable for everyone involved.
Take the time to brush your pet dog daily. It will take only a few minutes and you can also check his entire body for ticks, fleas, or any lumps and bumps that appear suspect. If you find any, consult with your vet.
While brushing out your pet dog’s coat comb the hair in the direction it naturally grows. When you chance across a difficult mat or tangle it’s better to cut it out with scissors rather than put your pet dog through the pain of trying to brush it out completely.
Dog Eyes – Wring out a washcloth soaked in warm water and gently wipe around your pet dog’s eyes removing any debris or accumulated dirt that might have collected.
Dog ears can be a breeding ground for yeast and bacteria if not regularly cleaned. This is even more true for dogs with long hair or inner ear hair. Periodically check your pet dog’s ears for any accumulated debris or foul odor.
Dental hygiene is of utmost importance for your dog. If your pet dog is averse to having his teeth brushed, you can use the tip of your index finger to massage a bit of dog toothpaste around the sides of your Schnauzer’s teeth. You can also wrap your finger with a light gauze for the purpose. Keep in mind that healthy dog gums are firm and pink in color.
Check your pet dog’s nails regularly for any fractures, chips, or breaks. Also the paw pads for any tears or damage. Feel in between the pads while gently stroking the paws. This process will also help a lot in having your pet dog submit to his monthly nail clippings. But be sure to only take off the very tip of the nail or file them down a bit.
It’s not essential that you treat your dog to a salon visit every month. You can easily remove surface dirt from the coat by rinsing with plain warm water once a week. This can help your dog stay clean in between visits to the dog wash every month.