All dogs need some basic grooming. Many breeds need to be professionally groomed from time
to time to keep them healthy and to keep them looking
great. But there are several things you can do between
visits to make your dog easier to groom and to keep it
Start at the paws and work your way up parting the fur
as you go. Use a brush and a comb to ensure that you
remove any possible matting and tangles. If brushing is
done on a weekly basis it should help prevent major
matting so "Poochie" doesn't come back from
the Groomers with no hair. If you have a large breed dog
you could do one body part a day and that way the whole
dog gets done once per week ... in other words one leg
on Monday, another leg on Tuesday, the head and chest on
Wednesday and so on.
Ear Cleaning - Ear cleaning is easy when it is
done frequently. Use only a trusted brand of ear cleaner
that is made for animals. It can be purchased from
your vet or a pet supply store. Apply a generous
amount in the ear canal and allow it to coat the inside
well. When done let your dog shake it's head and then
gently wipe the ear out with damp cloth. We advise that
you do this outside when possible to minimize the
possible mesh in your house.
Tooth Brushing - To properly brush your dog's
teeth you need a soft bristled tooth brush and some
doggy tooth paste. You can get both of these items at
your local pet supply store or from your Veterinarian.
Gently pull your dog's lips up slightly and brush teeth
in the back, front, top and bottom. Your dog may resist
at first, so you may have to just use your finger at
first to get it used to having something in it's mouth.
In Between Clean Up - Clean ups are very easy for
short haired dogs. You can just use a damp cloth and
wipe dog down till it is clean. For longer haired dogs,
this can be a bit more of a job. If they get really
muddy they will need to be rinsed off in the bathtub.
You can use either a handheld shower or a cup or bucket.
Be sure to dry the dog completely and be sure to brush
and comb the dog. A wet dog matts very easily.
Cleaning The Corners of the Eyes - A lot of dogs
have problems with runny (seepy) eyes. To help with the
matting and protein buildup that comes along with it,
all you need to do is take a warm wet wash cloth and
wipe the gunk out every day.
Getting Your Dog Used to Clipper Noise and Vibration -
Ok kids, at home this would be a good job for you,
(parents would need to buy a massager) While cuddling
your dog, take the massager and rub your dog's entire
body, legs, feet, tail, back, head and face. (Everywhere
a groomer would clip). This will get your dog used to
the noise and the feeling of the vibrations and it will
make it a much easier and more enjoyable trip to the