4 Expert Dog Grooming Tips for Every Responsible Pet Owner

Dogs are such lovable creatures. After all, they’re there for us when need them, right?  Isn’t it just proper to treat such a wonderful creature to the best grooming available so as to make the life of your dog more meaningful?  More and more pet dog owners are realizing the value of having a loyal, loving companion at their side each and every day. Not only is owning a pet dog one way to relieve daily stress, it is a great way to protect yourself from loneliness.

Creating a Daily Routine

Your dog will need a daily routine, too, just like you.  If you practice these on your lovely four-pawed friends, then they will live a long and incredible life shared with us.  It’s quite simple.  A dog needs to have their coats brushed, have their ears cleaned, have their nails cut, and need to have a bath. 

Brushing The Coat of Your Dog

Routine is what will ensure your dog a healthy, long life.  For instance, regularly brushing the coats of your doggies can be a happy or sad time for your dogs.  The experience is definitely what you make it. For your pet dog to enjoy this, use the correct brush with gentle strokes and soothing sounds, depending on the length of your pooch’s mane.  Shorthaired dogs can do with a monthly brush but medium length and longhaired dogs need a weekly to daily brush.  This is done to avoid matting on their hair.  Plus, brushing brings out the natural shine of your dog’s mane, giving it a healthy glow. 

Canine Ear Cleaning

Cleaning of the ears regularly is a must, especially on dog breeds with longer ears.  The ears can be places of infections for these types and can be very painful on your beloved house pets.  Swab water or mild alcohol on a damp, thin cloth and ran around the outer and middle ear layers of your dog’s ears.  Doing this once a week is recommended to maintain squeaky clean ears. 

Trimming Your Pet Dog’s Nails

The most excruciating thing for a dog to undergo is a nail trim.  It is best that vets or professional groomers do this to avoid cutting away the skin underneath a dog’s nail.  However, if you feel you can do this yourself, get a special trimmer especially tailored for dogs.  Once a month will do for nail trimming.  Bathing is the most enjoyable part for dogs, as they love water.  No difficulty here.  It’s a wonderful treat.  Enjoy the bonding moment.  Have fun taking care of your beloved canine!

Mark Perry is a dedicated veterinarian for Canada Vet with over 20 years experience. A farm boy born and breed, Dr Perry loves all animals but he has a special place in his heart for working animals, particularly working dogs and horses.