Trimming of Nails
Nails of all the pets should be regularly trimmed. When trimming the nails, be careful not to cut them too short and cause bleeding. Cut the nails until you see a dark circle appearing in the center of the nail. This is the edge of the quick or blood vessel in the nail bed.
Prior to bathing and clipping, your dog needs to be brushed out to make sure there are no knots in the furnishings. Knots are big problem in dogs and more so in longhaired dogs. Brush the beard, legs and underskirt to make sure there are no knots using the Pin Brush. Brush upward (against the natural lay of the hair) starting at the top of the leg and proceed downward as you are brushing.
Dogs need to be bathed from time to time. But frequency of bathing of each pet varies on breed and hair type. While bathing make sure that the temperature of the water is not too hot. Be careful not to get water and shampoo in the ears, eyes and mouth when bathing your dog. Put cotton balls in your dog's ears to help prevent water from getting in the ear canal.
While towel drying the legs and beard, don't rub but squeeze out the excess water to help prevent tangling the hair. You can also use a drier. Brush the beard and eyebrows down. Brush the legs up, starting with the pin brush and moving to the slicker brush when the leg is almost dry. Slicker brushes tend to rip out hair when used on a wet leg.
Some important things to remember while grooming your dog:
- Never punish your dog for not responding to the grooming schedule. Hence, in the beginning they don't respond positively to the grooming routine.
- Never let your dog mistake grooming tools as toys. Don't let it play with brush or clippers because otherwise your dog will start treating grooming session as play time.
- Never hit your dog with a grooming tool or else your dog will start associating grooming tool with punishment and will try to avoid grooming session.
- Start grooming from an early age. That way your dog will get used to grooming easily.