Dogs need grooming. Grooming is vital not only to maintain their outward look but also for their health. With lots of patience and practice, it is possible to keep your canine friend well groomed.
We have curated a list of tips from professional dog groomers and long-time dog owners to help you succeed and have a well-groomed pet.
Pet grooming: Nails & Toes
Train your dog to understand basic commands which you give him. Patiently teach him to listen to more than one command at a time once he starts grasping single commands like below:
Since dogs are unaware of the common grooming techniques, it may take time to teach and train them. Pitch in with small treats and cuddle rewards once they exhibit good behavior and allow you to do their nails.
Using the “wait” or “leave it” command can also work wonders in making him still. To trim his toenails, try keeping a treat in front of him, tell him to wait and then cut his nails.
He will wait for you till you are done trimming his nails. Once its all done, allow him to have the treat. The same thing works if you use food-filled chew toysat a higher height, where they can lick the toy while you trim their nails.
Make sure you have all the tools and instruments you need to get the job done. Before you start, keep everything in one place and then ask your canine friend to come. Choose from the scissor style trimmers or the other guillotine-style. You can even try both to see, which one your pooch prefers.
Use the one he is comfortable with, nail trimmers or nail grinders. Having a styptic product is also an option as it can help stop any sudden nail or toe bleeds.
Shears are pretty useful for cleaning and tidying up the coat in and around the paws. Pick the ones with rounded tips to avoid hurting your pooch.
You can groom your pooch’s ears yourself or get them done professionally. Not keeping their ears well maintained can cause a variety of ear issues. Though ear issues are difficult to identify, keep on the lookout for excessive ear wax or dirt blocking the ear canals.
Another symptom can be grumpy behavior or difficulty in hearing. Get help from your veterinarian immediately once you notice any of the symptoms as noted above.
For regular cleaning, use a soft washcloth dipped in lukewarm water and wipe the earflap very gently. You can consider using the soothing and preservative free ear cleaners once a month.
Dogs have a unique phenomenon where they develop little stains around their eyes. Dogs having large eyes, short noses and white coats are somehow more prone to developing more stains.
The stain is caused by porphryins, generated once the red blood cells break down. Since they contain iron, they release a light red color and stain the dog’s fur and coat. They can be released by saliva, urine and tears. To reduce staining on the dog’s coat, consider the below options:
You should try and make the experience fun. Forceful behavior should never be used as that can make the pet averse to the entire grooming process.
Take some simple steps and use the right tools, training to groom your dog well and maintain his health too! Ongoing rewards and warm behavior with the right treats and cuddles will help you have an obedient dog who allows you to groom him well. Pet grooming is so important!
Your beloved pooch may be circling around you for a few minutes before you realize that he is trying to tell you something.
There are many such actions by dogs, which are clear pointers to their behavior and how they are feeling at any point in time.
Many of the repeated canine actions can even be health concerns. It is recommended to be aware of them to take care of your canine friends in a better and more responsive manner.
Well, feeling isolated or alone is common in humans. Did you know that your canine friend also experiences similar emotions? Like humans dogs can get upset if their loved ones leave, dogs also get sad when their pet parents are away.
Sometimes, it is important to be aware of identifying why your dog is feeling the way he is. Could it be that he is feeling sad from being alone or does it signal something serious?
Relax. We have made a list of the symptoms from which you can easily identify if your dog can have separation anxiety. You can then take steps to reduce his anxiety and make him calm down.
With many seasons coming and going, throughout the year, keeping a dog’s paws clean can be tough. Spring and Winters can be especially challenging, with the rains, sleet, snow, mud, slush and melting snow.
Going and playing outdoors is going to be there in every season, so it is better to take adequate precautions rather than just avoid going out.
Once they frolic outdoors, while coming back, they can have a host of dirty and unhealthy stuff on their paws which should be cleaned before it can cause any harm.