Dog Grooming

Dog grooming is necessary not just to make your dog look good, but also as an important aid to skin health and hygiene, and in order to keep parasites under control.

dog grooming tips

Grooming enhances your relationship with your dog and, although it takes time, patience, and sometimes a little effort, it should be pleasurable for both groomer and groomed. Start grooming pups from five to six months of age, although wiry-coated breeds can be trimmed lightly around head and tail from about four months. First baths may be given at three months of age or when puppies arrive from kennels.

 

dog grooming tools

Dog Grooming Tools

 

THE HAIR OF THE DOG

A dog’s coat comprises two main kinds of hair, the coarser, primary (or guard) hairs of the outer coat, and the softer, shorter, secondary hairs of the undercoat. The hairs are rooted in skin follicles to which are connected sebaceous glands, which produce oil to give the coat its gloss and some degree of waterproofing and insulation. The five main types of dog coat are long, silky, smooth, non-shedding curly, and wiry. There are also some oddities, such as the almost hairless Mexican Hairless Dog, and the Hungarian Puli, which has a dense coat twisted into cords.

A coat hair grows to its optimum length, stops growing, and is then pushed out by a newly growing hair and lost, in a process that goes on continuously all over the dog’s body. A natural balance of hairs in the three different phases is always maintained. Most breeds (but not Bedlington Terriers, Poodles, or Kerry Blues) moult to change their coats twice a year, usually in spring and autumn. In moult, a greater loss of hair occurs, under the influence of changes in environmental temperature and length of daylight acting through the dog’s hormone-producing glands. Sometimes a dog will moult almost constantly, and this may be due to its body being deceived by artificial factors, such as central heating and indoor lighting. Diet and hormone irregularities may also be involved.

SELECTIVE GROOMING AND BATHING

Following what’s mentioned above, selective breeding has produced a great variety of coat textures and densities. Smooth, short-haired coats such as the Boxer’s are easiest to maintain. Once or twice weekly, with a rubber brush, work against the lie of the coat to loosen surface dirt and dead hair, then remove this debris with a bristle brush. Coat conditioner may be used to add sheen, although a chamois cloth is usually just as effective. Regularly groom short-haired breeds with dense undercoats, such as the Labrador Retriever, removing mats and tangles with both brush and comb. Long topcoats with dense undercoats, such as those of the St. Bernard, need gentle but vigorous and frequent brushing.

There are occasions when it is necessary to bath a dog, especially if its coat has been contaminated with oily or malodorous substances. Medicated shampoos are a treatment of choice for a variety of skin conditions. Bath the dog in a sink or bathtub, preferably outdoors if the weather permits. Place cotton wool in the ears to prevent water from getting in, and provide a rubber mat for the dog to stand on. Use warm rather than hot or cold water. Make the experience as pleasant as possible, by offering foods rewards by keeping still. Lather the dog well, but avoid getting shampoo in any body opening. Thorough rinsing is crucial, especially under the forelegs and between the hind legs – where shampoo might accumulate and possibly cause skin irritation. You will be pleased with the results, but your dog’s inclination will be to roll about and cover itself with natural environmental smells.

GROOMING TIPS

before and after grooming a dog

Before and after grooming my dog

Gentle brushing

A flexible, non-irritating brush is used to remove dead hair from the coat. It has no sharp tips that might potentially scratch, damage, or irritate the dog’s relatively thin and sensitive skin. Most dogs like to be brushed along their heads and backs. They are sensitive about their feet, and particularly sensitive about their tails and anal regions.

Massaging the skin

A firm but pliable rubber brush penetrates through the coat and gently stimulates the skin. It loosens and lifts dead skin and other debris that are subsequently brushed out of the hair. Most dogs like this stage of grooming because it is enjoyable.

Removing tangles

Combing removes the finest tangles and is carried out only after brushing has broken down any large mats of hair. This is the most delicate part of grooming. Take care that while combing you do not scratch, pull, or otherwise cause skin discomfort. Grooming should always be associated with pleasure, not pain, and should finish with a suitable reward.

Clipping the nails

The trained dog willingly permits its nails to be cut. Inspect the feet each time you groom your dog. Spread the toes and check between them, looking for accumulated debris or matted hair. If the nails are too long, trim them carefully, avoiding cutting the living tissue, or “quick” . A vet will show you exactly how to do this. Always reward good behavior.

Teeth and gum care

Look inside your dog’s mouth each day, checking your odor, inflammation, and debris. At an early age, train your dog to allow you to brush its teeth and gums with a soft toothbrush, and either dilute salt water or special canine toothpaste, available from a vet. Avoid using toothpaste made for humans, since most dogs dislike both its taste and foaming sensation.

Facial hygiene

Check your dog’s eyes daily, cleaning away any mucus that builds up in the corners with damp cotton wool or tissue. Lift the ears and check for wax, odor, or inflammation. Never push a cotton-wool bud into the ear, since it may push unseen wax or debris down towards the ear drum. If your dog has facial wrinkles or excessive lip folds, check these for odor or accumulated debris.

Tail-end inspection

The anal region should be inspected for accumulated debris or inflammation. If your dog drags its bottom along grass or carpet, it is likely that its anal sacs are causing irritation and need emptying. A vet will show you how to do this. Routinely clip away excess hair from around the anus to prevent unnecessary soiling.

I Dog

Typically, an i Dog is actually a current gadget of the year. It is called with pre-fix “i” merely to imitate and be understood as “iPod”. It’s simply a little portable loudspeaker designed like a puppy dog and will also exhibit Furby-like behavior and personalities. There are numerous varieties of i Dog right this moment available in the market with different colors and designs, Red, Tiger, Dalmatian and Hasbro types.

i dog toys

 

GENERAL FEATURES

The lightweight audio speaker i Dog could be mounted on any mobile audio player that has a 3.5mm earphone jack port. All that you should do is connect the i-Dog’s provided cord to the headset jack port, switch on the music, as well as the melodies begins coming from the device’s mono speaker. Due to the mono speaker, the sound from i dog’s audio isn’t top quality. Nevertheless, the majority of folks don’t purchase it for quality of sound. They purchase it due to the style and design, appearance and to become a gift.

 

 

An additional attribute of the i Dog is that it has distinct clear plastic-type ears that wag as well as its rotating head is moving together to the tunes when playing. It’s face also illuminates. The style of lighting and coloration on i Dog’s face will tell you its mood. This mood also reveal whether or not it loves the music activity you’re actively playing. Don’t be concerned if you can’t comprehend the ambiance. It comes with information on the mood collection expounding on precisely what the lighting signify. There are approximately 13 different behaviors or gentle shapes to discover how your i Dog feels. Considering its value and functions, the i Dog has become among the list of hottest gift items for a person you desire him/her to become pleased and think about you when this gift is placed on his/her work desk.

DANCE FEATURES

The dance feature primarily has two settings, one particular identified as play mode in which he is on however, not taking part in or otherwise not getting together with music. In listening mode, dance will work as a speaker if connected or will dance to songs if positioned in close proximity to a speaker.

PLAY MODE

Click the nose button twice and the I-Dog Dance will awaken, perform a little bit riff and exhibit an LED design to demonstrate its feelings. Emotional behavior consist of ecstatic, joyful, regular, unhappy, gloomy and unwell. Feelings are dependent on the degree of particular attention and exactly how frequently it is provided tunes in listening setting. Teenagers will receive a much more amusement from the swift changes in moods in the Dancing than youngsters.

When it is in play function or hearing setting, there’s a number of commands in making Dance do anything you like. Pushing an area of the face can make Dance tap his foot for example. A slide clockwise round his face can get Dance definitely energized. Young children actually love experimenting and would have fun with the touch adjustments to have Dance to maneuver around. This makes it dance standing on his back legs and is undoubtedly the consensus popular move.

LISTENING MODE

Mentioned above previously Dance functions both like a speaker or even in response to tunes played out by an additional gadget by tuning in using a microphone and dancing/lighting up.

Connecting into the Dance as a speaker is easily the most probable use. As mentioned previously, the audio system deliver realistic audio. The magnetic motors that control the doggy’s motions are noisy. And also at reduced volumes when the dog dances they entirely lower the tunes. How a great deal of an issue actually depends upon who is utilizing it. Youngsters will probably be okay by using it as they will be much more amused from the dancing versus the music. Teenagers might be relatively aggravated by the additional noises. In this instance, making use of the dog like a dancer to enhance an established speaker system is better.

When placed alongside a speaker, Dance’s mic will pick-up the noises and then he will dance and carry out his light display. In this instance, the audio will probably be even louder and definitely will more readily hide the engine sounds. Together with utilizing the touch-control face to create Dance, running fingers along both sides of the face will create a scratching noise together with the tunes. All in all the I Dog is a great modern gift

New Dog

Acquiring A New Dog

It is an exciting thought when you wish to acquire a new dog for your family, because dogs can be wonderful companions, giving tremendous pleasure, entertainment and affection, but they are also a big responsibility. They can be demanding in terms of both time and money, and when you acquire one you’ll be committing yourself to caring for him for 10-15 years, or possibly longer.
Becoming a dog owner is not a decision to take lightly: before making it you should carefully examine your reasons for wanting a dog and ensure that right from the start you have a very clear idea of what will be involved. Here are some questions you need to consider before obtaining a new dog.

buying a new dog

Why Do You Want A New Dog?

This is the question to ask yourself, and for most people there is a whole variety of reasons rather than one single answer. Dogs are fun to have around; they encourage you to take more exercise; and when you’re out together they can be great ice-breakers, helping you make new friends, while at home you can spend time playing or simply relaxing and enjoying each other’s company.

 

 

However, if the main reason is to make you feel safer, then get an alarm system instead. Buying a dog to provide someone to pour pour your heart out to or to boost your self-esteem may be a comfort to you, but using a dog as an emotional crutch won’t necessarily help you and may lead to behavior problems in him.

Neither should you fall into the trap of getting a dog simply because he looks cute or is fashionable. You need to do thorough research beforehand and be prepared to treat him like a dog, not an accessory.

Can You Afford A New Dog?

Before you even get your dog, you may find yourself spending money in order to make your home dog-friendly and escape-proof. After this you’ll need to buy all the necessities in readiness for his arrival and, prepare your house and garden.

Then there’s his initial purchase price which could be anything from around $150-$2000 or even more, followed by regular outgoings on food, insurance and preventative health care, plus any incidental veterinary bills, holiday care and extras you might like to buy, such as treats, toys and replacing damaged or outgrown equipment.

Anticipate spending somewhere in the region of $1000 – $1,500 a year every year for a small to medium-sized dog, and considerably more if you choose a large or giant breed.

Do You Have Enough Time For A Dog?

A relationship with a dog is a very interactive one, and you should expect to put as much into it as you get out. As well as ensuring your dog has sufficient exercise, you’ll need to be prepared to spend time training, grooming and playing with him everyday. If you want to come back home after work and just put your feet up, you should consider a less demanding pet.

What Hours Do You Work?

If you are out at work all day it won’t be fair to get a puppy or youngster, who may become bored, miserable, lonely and likely to develop behavior problems as a result. Provided you don’t work excessively long hours and if you think carefully about choice, having a full-time job need not necessarily be a bar to owning a dog. Retired greyhounds and many older dogs in rescue still have much to offer and will be happy to doze while you are out.

Four hours is the maximum length of time your dog should be left alone, though, and if you can’t manage to get home at lunchtimes to see to him, you’ll need to make other arrangements. ‘Doggy daycare’ centers are becoming more common, or you could ask a friend, relative or dog-walker to come and take him out to relieve himself and to spend a little time interacting with him.

Where Do You Live?

On the whole, dogs are very adaptable, but it’s important to choose the right breed for the place you live. Large breeds may feel cramped and may be constantly underfoot if your home is small, for example. If you live in rented accommodation you should check whether there are any restrictions on keeping pets.

Location can also be important, as although many breeds will be quite at home in cities and towns, others require a more rural environment that allows greater opportunity for free-running exercise.

Who Shares Your Home?

Think carefully about getting a dog if others who share your home aren’t as enthusiastic about it as you; going ahead regardless can lead to friction and resentments, and even to spitefulness towards the pet, all of which may lead to behavior problems.

If you have children, most will be thrilled by the prospect of getting a dog, and they will learn a lot about life, responsibility and respect for living creatures from having one around; but don’t allow them to pressure you into making such a decision unless you are 100 per cent committed to the idea yourself. You will ultimately be responsible for the dog’s daily care, and your active involvement will increase if the children lose interest once the novelty wears off, or when they go to college, university or leave home.

Do You Have Other Pets?

You also need to consider any other pets you may own. Some older dogs may get a new lease of life from having a youngster around, but others may find the newcomer a nuisance and become snappy and irritable unless interaction between the two is carefully monitored and the older dog given some respite when he needs it.

If have a dog with a behavior problem, don’t get a second in attempt to help solve it, as you are just as likely to end up with two dogs with the same problem. Some dogs will happily accept cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and other furry pets, but they will need careful introductions and supervision when they are together.

Other dogs may have a very high chase drive and may never be safe to keep with such pets. Equally, some cats will never feel comfortable with a dog around, no matter how well behaved the dog may be. Choosing the right breed, age and sex of dog will be essential if you have other pets, but before even getting to that point, you need to think very carefully about the effect he is likely to have and whether getting a dog will be fair on them.

Are You Willing To Make A Few Sacrifices?

Taking on a dog may mean it will be necessary for you to make a few compromises in your lifestyle:

  • You’ll need to go straight home after work, rather than out with colleagues
  • You may need to get up earlier in order to take your dog out.
  • You may have to more exercise than you are accustomed to.
  • When you want to go on holiday, or even for a day out, you will need to plan ahead.
What Are Your Future Plans?

No matter how much you may be looking forward to getting a dog, postpone it if any predictable major changes or upheavals in life are looming, such as marriage, divorce, house move, pregnancy, large family celebrations, an imminent holiday, or if you are experiencing a period of bereavement. It is stressful enough for any dog, whether puppy or adult, to come into a new home without having to cope with all the extra disturbance caused by such events; and it will also make it difficult for you to concentrate on his needs.