Regardless of the breed you choose to take home, you’ll need to ensure he’s regularly groomed and bathed so he’s as healthy, comfortable and visually appealing as possible
Here are some tips to help you.
There are many types of coats in the dog kingdom: long hair, short hair, double coats and coats that don’t shed. Each type needs some unique grooming techniques but there are other grooming elements common to all dogs.
Every dog needs a regular brush as it gets rid of the surface dirt on the coat. It spreads the dog’s natural oil over his skin and helps stop the hair from becoming tangled. Brushing lets your feel your dog’s whole body and is an ideal method for checking for sores, bumps and lumps that may need to be treated.
You should begin brushing your puppy when he’s very young so he becomes used to that activity. Reward puppy with yummy treats while he sits quietly and patiently. At first you should only do it for about two minutes and slowly increase the amount of time you spend brushing your pet.
Boxers, Staffordshire Terriers and other dogs with smooth, short coats have a nickname of ‘wash’n’wear’ dogs as it’s very easy to look after their coats. A rubber brush should go against the lie of the fur generally is all you need. One tip here is that it’s wise to use a chamois cloth and rub it over your dog’s coat. This action polishes it and makes the coat shiny.
If your dog has a long coat and a protective undercoat, he’ll need to be brushed thoroughly every other day. If this doesn’t happen, his hair will become matted and very uncomfortable. To remove all loose hair, use a wire slicker brush. Use a wide-toothed comb to gently eliminate all the tangles and matts in your dog’s coat. It’s also vital that you trim the hair growing between his toes.
Dogs such as Bichon Frise, Schnauzers and Poodles have a type of hair that continuously keeps growing, like wool, but it never sheds. Because of this, they’re ideal pets for those with allergies. However, they still need bathing regularly and their coats should be trimmed every 6-8 weeks using a decent clipper.
It’s ideal if you can get a professional groomer for the job. However, you can do it for yourself if you buy a good quality pair of clippers. Most pet shops sell this type of product. In the long run, you’ll save heaps of money.
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