Basic Home-Grooming Techniques, How to Brush puppy, How to Bathe Dog, Trimming the Dog Nails, Cleaning Eyes and Ears of Dog.

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Basic Home-Grooming Techniques

Basic Home-Grooming Techniques

Puppies rely on their owners to keep them clean and brushed, which can be done easily with regular grooming. Grooming is also important because it gives you a chance to inspect your dog and catch any skin or health problems before they start. Every dog, no matter what breed, will require grooming, and some breeds require more attention than others.

If you have a longhaired pup, try to do just a little grooming every day. That way the pup isn't bored, and you stay on top of any tangles or mats. If you are not willing to take care of a long coat such as that on a Shih Tzu you should make the commitment for regular grooming or clipping appointments with a professional groomer. Mats can be quite painful for your dog and they can cover up skin problems that need attention.

How to Brush your Puppy?

Brushing your puppy on a daily basis will maintain his good appearance, reduce shedding, keep mats to a minimum, and allow you to inspect the coat for any foreign debris or skin problems. It also stimulates your dog's skin and spreads the coat’s natural oils, which help keep a coat shiny and the skin healthy. Puppies that are brushed on a routine basis will need to be bathed less often, because most of the dirt and debris in the coat will be removed regularly.

Each coat type will require a different amount of brushing. Dogs with short or smooth coats, such as hounds, can be gone over with a grooming glove a few times a week; however, a dog with a long coat will need daily brushing to keep mats away.

The tail needs to be gently brushed as well as the area around the face and ears. Even short-coated dogs need a wipe with a damp cloth to pick up loose hair and any dirt buildup.

How to Bathe

Once the brush-out is done, it's time for the bath. Indoors, the bathtub works best; weather permitting, some people use the garden hose outside. Completely wet the coat, starting at the head, and work your way to the tail. Use tepid water. Then apply the shampoo, again starting at the head. Work up a good lather. Use your fingers to thoroughly work the lather into the coat. Rinsing is next. Use plenty of warm water. Rinse until you can't feel any soapy residue.

Trimming the Nails

If you've gotten your pup used to having his feet handled, nail trimming should not be traumatic. Carefully removing the tips of the nails will not hurt. Nail trimming is not only for appearances, but is necessary for your puppy's health and comfort. Trimming your puppy's nails is not as hard as it may seem. The easiest way to do it is with a pair of canine nail clippers. You can also use an electric nail grinder, if you find this method easier. Take care to avoid the quick, which is the area of the nail that contains nerves and blood vessels. If you accidentally cut the quick, it will bleed and be painful for your dog.

The best way to trim your puppy's nails is to be conservative and only snip a tiny amount at a time. If you do cut the quick, have a styptic pencil or powder on hand to curb the bleeding.

If it makes you too nervous to trim your puppy's nails-don't ignore the task. Go to an experienced groomer. But if you start now and add it to your weekly schedule, you and your puppy will be nail-trimming experts in no time.

Cleaning Eyes and Ears

Pups should also be comfortable with you carefully wiping any discharge from their eyes with a damp cloth and checking their ears. This daily routine, followed with a small treat, will make it much easier for you and your veterinarian if your dog ever has a problem. When you clean the eyes, check for any redness or squinting that could indicate irritation or injury. Sniff the ears to make sure they don't smell bad. If they do, your puppy might have an ear infection that needs veterinary attention.