Useful information for you and your pet
Following these tips on a daily basis may help you to recognize any changes in your pets' physical well being, also, it may help to keep professional grooming costs at a bare minimum since your pet will be less likely to become fearful and or aggressive and more likely to become manageable. Use lots of praise in combination with these tips since puppy's learn through positive reinforcement. After each session, reward your puppy with a treat to help make grooming a more positive experience! Try to avoid distractions during the first few sessions. Also, you may waite to apply these tips until the puppy is ready for a nap. Chances are that durring this time he will be more cooperative. If your pet attempts to bite you do not delay in seeking professional advice.
Top 10 Reasons for Grooming Your Dog:
- Crust in the corner of the eyes causes sores that can lead to your pet's discomfort. These sores can only heal after removing the thick crust upon regular grooming.
- Long and overgrown nails force your dog to walk on the sides of their pads. In the long run, this contributes to arthritis in the legs and hips.
- Matted hair pulls and causes pain for your pet and creates a breeding environment for fleas, ticks and their nests.
- Anal glands are the most neglected part of your dog's body as they fill up. Some can burst causing very expensive surgery.
- Your dog's ears have hair deep within the inner canals that need to be removed every four to six weeks.
- Hair in the ears as well as anal areas serves as hosting areas for nesting fleas.
- Dogs cool off by panting and by air circulating around and through their pads. Long hair impairs that ability.
- Bathing your dog without first brushing creates small, tight knots referred to as pin knots.
- Some breeds have undercoats that build from shedding within. The outer and inner coat become thickly packed and form thick mats that are extremely hard to remove.
- A clean and well-groomed pet is just plain good hygiene.
10 Tips For Getting Your Puppy Acquainted To The Grooming Procedure Each Day Take A Few Minutes To:
- Hold your puppy's muzzle, but avoid putting too much pressure on the bridge of the nose, once puppy is calm, release and reward with big praise.
- Touch the inside of your puppy's ears then slowly message your way to the tips of the ears. Note any debris.
- Open your puppy's mouth and observe any bad teeth or foul odor.
- Lift each leg up one at a time and massage from top to bottom. Again release only when puppy is calm.
- Feel Between the toes and pads note any stickers.
- Roll your puppy onto his back and hold; rub his belly and release when calm.
- Run your hands all over your puppy's body. Gradually introduce the brush/comb. Treats and toys may be used to distract your pup from chewing/biting the brush.
- Brush/comb your puppy thoroughly, wipe the corners of the eyes with a damp cotton ball. Note any fleas or ticks.
- All breeds are different. If you are not sure about which equipment is right for your puppy, or if you are not sure about how often your puppy should visit the groomer, contact your groomer for an educated opinion. Remember, grooming strengthens the bond between you and your puppy.
- Socialize your puppy. Studies have shown that the optimal age for socializing dogs is between seven and twelve weeks. Do allow others to safely handle your puppy.