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5 Grooming Mistakes Dog Owners Make

 People are apprehensive about grooming their dogs for fear of making a mistake. Mistakes happen, and your dog will forgive you, but we’re here to give you some tips on how to avoid grappling while grooming.

 

1.     Prep to Avoid the Stress

Take a cue from the boy scouts — be prepared. Prior to bath time, get organized to reduce stress for you and your dog, for example:

  • Take him for a brisk walk to release…

Make a Splash with Fun, Fulfilling Dog Bathing

Dog bathing doesn't need to be difficult. With preparation, perseverance and a positive attitude, bathing can easily become a fun and fulfilling part of the regular grooming cycle, while helping your pet avoid many diseases and infections. A general rule of thumb, according to ASPCA recommendations, is to bathe your dog at least every three months, increasing the frequency during the hot, summer months. Many breeds and coat styles, however, require more frequent bathing (as do, naturally, mischief-finding, outdoor-loving dogs), while others necessitate fewer baths. Regular bathing will also help keep shedding to a minimum with most such breeds. Remember to use approved dog shampoo, preferably one that also conditions, detangles and moisturizes.

What You Need

  • Brush
  • Cotton balls
  • Dog shampoo
  • Rubber tub mat
  • Towels
  • Bathing tether (if necessary for reluctant bathers; available in large pet stores)

How to Bathe Your Dog

  1. Place rubber mat in bottom of the tub or sink so dog won't slip or slide
  2. Fill tub with 3 - 4 inches of lukewarm water (not hot)
  3. Brush dog thoroughly to remove tangles, mats and loose hair
  4. Place cotton balls snugly in dog's ears to keep out water and soap
  5. Place dog in water, holding him gently but firmly
  6. Using a plastic pitcher, unbreakable cup or spray hose, thoroughly wet dog from head down, keeping water out of the ears and eyes
  7. Apply dog shampoo (never use human shampoo) over entire body and lather in from shoulders to tail, finishing with the head
  8. Rinse thoroughly with warm water, beginning with the head
  9. Remove dog from tub or sink
  10. Towel dry until dog is damp
  11. If it is sunny and hot, you can allow the dog to air dry in an enclosed area, exercise pen or ventilated enclosure. It is unwise to allow a damp dog to run free because he may be enticed to roll on dirty areas
  12. Continue to towel dry or use a commercial pet dryer approved for home use. A blow dryer can be substituted for a pet dryer, using a low, warm setting to finish the drying process.