How to Properly Groom Long Haired Dogs
Dogs with long hair and thick coats are beautiful to look at and fun to play with. But for your dog to have clean and shiny coat, you have to learn how to properly groom your dog. Long hair comes with a price — time, money, effort, and energy. Let’s not focus on the negative side, though. Grooming your dog can also be fun and can tighten your bond with your dog.
How do we groom our long-haired dogs? It is important that your dog get used to the idea that he has to be clean every day. No matter how much your dog may hate baths and soap, you have to get them to think that that tub of water and that bottle of shampoo is imperative. Otherwise, you’ll have a great challenge on your hands in bathing and grooming your dog without any skirmish.
Short-haired dogs usually only need to be groomed at least once a week using a bristle brush and a fine-toothed comb. Long-haired dogs, on the other hand will need to be groomed at least 2 to 3 times a week. If the dog gets himself dirty and ruffled everyday, then you’ll have to groom him everyday. To properly groom long-haired dogs, you’ll need a wire brush, a wide-tooth comb, and a fine-tooth flea comb.
Bathing doesn’t need to be done everyday; only when he needs it. Constantly bathing him or her will remove natural and essential oils and make the long coat dry. When bathing your dog, try placing a rubber mat in the tub or sink. This will help your dog stand up and not slip while you soap him all over. Use lukewarm water, and take care not to get soap or shampoo in its eyes and water in its ears. You can either use a dryer or just let the dog dry his or her coat in the sun to dry.
Clipping your dog’s claws is also part of how to properly groom your long-haired dog. Clip his claws at least once a week using special dog clippers. Clipping the claws is hard for only one person to do but you can try to hold your dog down between your knees while clipping.
The ears and the eyes come next. The ears can accumulate a lot of dirt and infections. Clean the ears every other week using a cotton swab soaked with hydrogen peroxide. Be careful not to hurt your dog’s ears, and stay at the entrance. Then examine the eyes. See if there is any tearing or if there is excess mucus. Remove discharge from around the eyes with a damp cotton ball.
In grooming your long-haired dog, if you see rashes, lumps, or anything suspicious with its skin, or if there is redness or come itch on its ears, or if its eyes are red or inflamed, take him or her to the veterinarian immediately. Looking out for some signs of infections is also part of how to properly groom your long-haired dog.