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Grooming Tips

Cleaning Dogs Ears

You should check your dogs ears periodically while dog grooming. Dogs with droop ears (like Spaniels) are especially susceptible to fungus, waxy ears, and ear mites. Check them at least weekly. Infected dog ears can lead to further complications. Your dog may cause an ear haematoma by breaking a blood vessel while shaking his head in response to the discomfort.

Clipping Dogs Nails

An important part of dog grooming is clipping dogs nails. Do it every two to three weeks. Start clipping your dogs nails when they are a pup so that they get used to the process of being groomed.


Dog nails have a quick that is visible as a pink darkening in light-colored nails - but is invisible on black dog nails. The quick has a nerve and blood supply; If you clip into the quick, the nail will bleed and the dog will experience pain. Clip dark coloured nails in several small cuts to reduce the chance of cutting into the quick.

Clipping your dogs hair between the paws will prevent anything stuck (seeds from some grasses or pebbles) between the pads.

Brushing your Dog

Brushing dogs is the most time intensive part in dog grooming. Do not press too hard with your wire slicker brush to avoid scraping the skin and giving your dog a slicker brush burn.

If you encounter a mat, hold the mat between your fingers, brush the mat until it loosens up or if that don't work, try splitting with the grain of the hair with a pair of round nose scissors and try working the mat loose. Once your dog is matt-free, comb down to the skin.

Always brush your dog with the grain of the hair starting from foot to head, you will get a better result in brushing.

Bathing your Dog

Bathing dogs outdoors in warm weather may be the best place, because it is the messy part in dog grooming. Use a mild dog shampoo and start bathing the dogs body and legs. The dogs head should be shampooed last, paying particular care to ensure that no shampoo gets into his eyes, ears, and nose. Cover the dogs eyes with your hand while pushing the head down. You can try using cotton in the ears, or cover the ear hole with your thumb while bathing the dog. Leave the shampoo three or four minutes on the dog and then rinse extremely well. This removing of the shampoo is the most important part in washing the dog.

When you are done bathing, towel dry the dog by blotting and pressing the towel against the coat. Once again, comb the coat through before drying to make sure there are no tangles or mats.

Blowdrying your Dog

Dry one area at a time, don't jump around. Make sure all the coat is separated and dry to the dogs skin. Don't forget to dry the bottom of the paws. When drying the head try not to direct the airflow directly into the dogs ears or the eyes. (remember if in some cases, if you leave your dog wet, it is possible for hotspots to appear and that means a vet bill)

Tear Stains

This is a problem that most owners of white dogs have, tear stains on the Face, Feet and around the mouth and from time to time, on the base of the tail.

Now this is a way of lightening and eventually getting the stains gone.

All you have to do is mix some Bicarbonate of Soda and warm water and make it into a paste ( about 1 part bi carb to 3 parts warm water) and smear it on the stained parts. When you have done this, massage it gently and leave it on for about 20 minutes and then rinse it off. Now the good thing about this, is that bi carb is a natural bleach and it normally in your cupboard. (it's also good for dog and cats smells) I would normally do something like this, normally when the bathing is done, it's easier on your dog.

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