Six Tricks to Groom Your Pets to Put Their Best Paw Forward

Many say that it’s not possible to teach an old dog new tricks. However, a young dog like Charlie, TODAY’s puppy with a purpose, can (and should) easily get familiar with a grooming regimen at an early stage. Experts suggest that this will create a pleasant association with getting cleaned and being taken care of.

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So, with winter coming, Charlie went to a local PetSmart for his very first grooming. Here are six things to keep in mind when you want to help your dog put their best foot – we mean, paw – forward.

Nail care:

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-Be cautious of the “quick,” the nerve that dogs have along the middle of their nail.
-Do not hit the vein. It’ll be extremely unpleasant for your dog.
-Pro tip: grind or cut the nail slowly and gradually until you have gotten to a noticeable dark center.

Ear care:

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-Get a normal ear cleanse at your local pet store.
-Lightly dust the ear canal with the non-alcohol item and wipe it clean.

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Oral hygiene:

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-Even though your dog might appear reluctant in the beginning, the toothpaste actually tastes like a treat!
-It’s very useful too: the toothpaste is effective at breaking down the plaque.
-Pro tip: do not use human toothpaste on your dog!

Prevent shedding:

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-This kind of brush must be used on dogs who have long, thick hair, such as this golden retriever.
-Just pat and pull to get rid of the undercoat and freshen their hair.

Brushing dog hair, as opposed to fur:

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-Maintenance is not the same for dogs who have hair rather than fur.
-It’s important that you brush the hair every single day and make sure to arrange sessions for routine haircuts every 4 to 6 weeks.
-You may use a slicker tool (which typically functions as a means to separate the hair) to start and end by gently combing.

Bath time:

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-Please, do not use a kiddie shampoo! Always make sure that you’re using puppy-formulated products.
-Have a towel ready! Your dog will certainly want to shake off excess water as soon as they realize that they’re done with their bath time.
-Make sure not to get water inside your dog’s ear canal; it is extremely unsafe for their hearing.

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