When it comes to game day you will want your dog to be clean as a whistle. Shampooing and grooming your dog takes a little practice, and sometimes you will both end up getting a bath so be aware of that. Some pets seem to get dirtier than others,just like a child despite your best training and effort they will find every mud puddle, roll on anything that even resembles the smell of road kill. Don’t forget the occasional skunk they will do and get into anything to smell like a pepe le pew. 🙂 Now regular grooming appointments can get pretty expense,especially if you have a dog that loves mud so you’ll need to master the dog bath.
Here are a few tips to help with at-home grooming.
- Treats and a calm disposition. The goal is to make grooming and hair brushing a positive, stress-free experience for both you and your dog. It is best to start with short sessions and reward your pet for staying calm. To help your dog feel relaxed, it is wise not to restrain them. If you start when they are young with brushing,shampooing and even trimming their nails than restraints should never be an issue.When you first introduce them to anything new always start out slow and keep in mind that you may have to stop and try again the next day if your pet shows signs of discomfort or stress.Don’t push if stressed it is not good for your dog or you.
- Brush your pet regularly. Just a few minutes of brushing helps remove dirt, excess hair, tangles and mats it also helps distribute your dog’s natural oils that help keep the skin and coat healthy. Some pets may need more brushing than others, especially those with long hair and double-coated pets that shed their undercoats seasonally. Right now since the weather is warming up I have a medium haired dog so I brush her in the morning and the evening before bed. You will have to find what works best for your schedule. Regular brushing means there’s less hair to vacuum, less hair on your clothes. I also find it has a calming affect on most dogs.
- Stay on top of hair mats. Matted hair can pull at the skin, causing pain and irritation. Mats can occur more often as your dog gets older when they can no longer stretch to groom hard-to-reach places. When removing hair mats, try avoiding using scissors because it can be easy to accidentally cut your pet’s skin. If the mats are small, you gently hold the hair between the skin and mat to prevent pulling at the skin. With a metal comb, start on the outside of the mat and gently pick it apart, working your way to the center. For larger mats you may very well have to take them in to the vet’s.
- Schedule regular baths. Some pets need baths more often than others. But other pets, especially those with skin problems, may benefit from regular baths. Make sure you choose a pet shampoo never use human shampoo it may make our hair look shiny and healthy but it has a different pH than most dogs skin requires, pet shampoos are designed to be a perfect match. If your pet has a greasy coat, is extremely itchy or has other skin conditions, you may need to look for a therapeutic pet shampoo that can help. I found the best one’s for itchy skin have oatmeal in them. If in doubt please check with your vet.
- For hard to treat smells or skunks. We have all heard that tomato juice is great for treating skunk smells but a more effective alternative is to bathe your pet with a mixture of 1 quart of 3 % hydrogen peroxide, ¼ cup baking soda and 1 teaspoon mild dish washing soap,dawn works wonders. Side note here if and when and yes sometimes they are bound to find grease or oil spots to roll around it.Rubbing dawn dish soap on their greasy hair brings it right out.
- Trim nails regularly. Regular walks on cement roads and sidewalks can help wear down your dog’s nails. But sometimes they will need your help with their nails at some point. And when you can hear your dog’s nail clicking on the hardwood floor, it’s time for a trim.Start by handling each paw and rewarding your pet with treats or praise when she remains calm. Then begin to touch the paw with the nail trimmer and follow with a reward. Work you way up to trimming a single nail. Then gradually trim more nails as your pet allows. Although you can trim nails with a Dremel, a clipper makes less noise and is usually faster. This is the hardest to learn for both you and your dog. Again do not try to force or hold them down it will only cause distress and you probably wont get anything accomplished but a scared pet.
- Avoid the quick. You’ll want to avoid cutting the quick, the pink area visible in the middle of white nails that contains nerves and blood vessels. If your pet has dark nails, trim the very tip of each nail and continue making small cuts until you see a black dot in the center of the nail. That’s your cue that you’re nearing the quick. If you accidentally cut the quick and the nail starts bleeding, pat the area with styptic powder or cornstarch.
There you have it 7 tips to getting your pet ready for the game. Once shampooed and groomed they will be ready to put their favorite jersey on and howl their team to victory!
Do you have any other grooming tips I would love to hear them drop us a comment.