After getting your dog and bringing him to his new home, there are many things you will have to do for him such as give him his food and take him for walks. Another important facet of caring for your dog is grooming.
The amount of grooming needed depends on the breed and length of your dog’s fur. If your dog isn’t groomed well, it can cause all sorts of problems in the future. Keeping your dog’s coat in good condition, though, will make your dog a happy pet. The things that come under dog grooming include brushing their fur, bathing your dog, brushing their teeth, and trimming your dog’s nails. There are also lots of dogs that need their coats to be cut during the summer months to keep them from overheating.
You will find that grooming your dog is a fantastic time to bond with your dog too. You can teach the animal such commands as sitting as you groom him/her. When dogs realize from a young age that being groomed is not a painful process, they will allow you to perform the task far more readily. Most dogs enjoy being bathed most of all usually sitting down to allow you to wash them with ease. Giving them a good dog bath is important as it will get rid of any dead skin, dirt, and hair that has come loose. But be sure to purchase special dog shampoo because human shampoo might cause irritation to your dog’s skin.
After the bathing process has finished, expect your dog to have a good shake and stand right back as he does it so as not to get soaked. Ensuring you use a good quality dog nail trimmer and keep them in good condition is just as important as washing or brushing the dog. And if you’re not sure about how to do it, then look for a professional to perform the procedure. As you groom your dog, it is also a good idea to have a look at your dog’s ears and mouth to see that everything is in order or so you can catch any problems while they are still minor. If you spot anything out of the ordinary, take your dog for a trip to the vets to get it checked out.
Many people send their dog away to some kind of doggy parlor to get groomed. And although this might be great for your dog, it does mean that you are both missing out on valuable time to bond with each other. Grooming your dog yourself is a fairly easy task that you can do once every week. Doing so will make your dog feel far better than he/she did before, and after you have gotten into a good habit, grooming will fit nice and smoothly into your weekly routine. If you have any children, they will more than likely want to help too, taking some of the pressure of yourself.
Always keep in mind that your dog a member of the family and will love it when you care for its needs.