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‘Top 4’ Dog Grooming Basics

Updated: Nov 19, 2023

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Grooming your pooch at-home is very important for their health and well-being, not to mention a paw-some opportunity to bond with your best-friend why and how should I groom.


Today, we are going to sniff around the ‘TOP 4’ doggie areas that are important to keep well maintained.


1. Those Doggie Eyes


Sure, shaggy fury faces can look cute.


But, just like when your dog last chewed up the toilet paper roll, things can go wrong.


The problem with doggie bangs is they just can’t see properly.


Long hair around dog’s eyes can prevent them from navigating the world safely, and can make it a scary place when they are taken by surprise because they can’t see other dogs or children approaching them!



(Image by NaomI Annear)


Fur can poke into the eyes is very uncomfortable and cause them to scratch at the area which may lead to infections or eye damage.


So, what can you do at home?


You can gently wipe the eyes with a warm cotton round to remove any build-up, but as for trimming?


Eyes are a delicate area, unless you are super confident and have the right grooming equipment, I recommend you use the services of a professional groomer.



2. Paw-fect Paws


The pitter-patter of tiny pads can get themselves into trouble if not kept clear from over-grown fur.


Over-grown fur on pads can be a magnet for grass seeds and other nasties that can easily lodge themselves between the dogs’ pads.


This is not only very painful but can also lead to serious infection and other problems.


But don’t panic, just paws, and read on for a minute!



(Image by Naomi Annear)


Paw care is easy when you follow a few easy steps and know what to look out for.


So, what can you do at home?


Check your dog’s pads regularly by spreading the pads gently apart to look for any irritation, or prickles.


Trim the hair every few weeks if you are confident in using scissors or small clippers designed for removing pet hair OR find a professional dog groomer to help.


3. Fury Butts


Ummm... excuse me!


Let’s rear it for Ruby! (someone’s gotta do it).


Ok, so trimming butts isn’t the most glamorous of jobs, but every dog has one and needs our help to keep the area maintained for good hygiene.


Number 2’s can get stuck on long fur and create a smelly and messy situation back there.


The hygiene area (between the legs) should also be shaved short to avoid number 1’s from soiling the fur.

(Image by Naomi Annear)


So, what can you do at home?


If you are confident in using scissors or clippers designed for dog grooming, trimming your dog’s heinie at home is fairly simple.


Make sure you check and clean your dog’s butt regularly to avoid any of those embarrassing moments.


4. Paw-Dicured Nails


Trimming your dog’s nails is paramount to their health. Over-grown nails are uncomfortable, cause the toes to spread in awkward directions, and may curl back into the pad.


Can you trim your dog’s nails at home?


Unless you are educated on how to trim nails, I would leave it the professionals.


In the image (left) you can see the back nail has been professionally trimmed with the end squared off, whereas the other nail has a point.



(Image by Naomi Annear)


Owners need to be super careful not to cut the nail quick: this is the area of the nail that will cause pain and bleed if nicked.


For safety, nails should be cut a little at a time.


Feeling unsure? Just ask your groomer or vet to help!

 

Pssst... I really want to know what you want to know, please comment on the blog about a dog, or ask me a question.


You can contact me via email info@studiopooch.com.au.


For gorgeous photos of my work check out my Instagram, or find my pooch-perfect tips on Facebook.


Or check out my business www.studiopooch.com.au.


Have a paw-fect day!






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