All breeds benefit from bathing and a thorough brushing at least once a week. Sometimes we will pick out a pet based on how cute and fuzzy it is, not realizing how much care our new puppy really needs. Shedding breeds need weekly brushing. All haired breeds require brushing everyday to avoid painful mats.
Here are some grooming tips that may help:
1. Start bathing and brushing your pet at an early age. This will keep the pet from experiencing stress when you or the bather grooms your pup.
2. For dogs with hair the best brush to use is a pin brush. Make sure to start at the base of the hair and comb out every knot. Knots only get bigger if you let them. Make sure you get under the legs and the armpits. A metal comb can be useful, too.
3. For dogs with fur the best brush to use is a slicker brush. Again make sure to lift the hair and start brushing from the base of the hair.
4. When you give your pet a bath take care to rinse out all of the shampoo. Left on shampoo can cause painful irritations.
The average price is around $80 to groom a shedding breed like a Husky. If you tip well you will insure a faster bath and a even happy groomer that will work hard for you. For smaller dogs the price is around the same depending on the condition of the coat and how much time is required to groom the animal.
5. Make sure to clear out your dogs ears regularly once a week with tea tree oil.
6. Teeth brushing once a week along with a dental treat once a day should help with plaque and keep your dog's breath fresh.
The main ingredients of dog toothpaste include baking soda, salt and glycerin. In an airtight container, mix the following:
1.6 teaspoons of baking soda
2.1/3 teaspoon of salt
3.4 teaspoons of glycerin. If you are a vegetarian or vegan dog owner, you can opt for the glycerin that comes from plants.
4.In addition to these ingredients, you can either mix in 2 teaspoons of organic, low-sodium beef broth or 2 teaspoons of peppermint extract.
When everything is mixed, the texture should be similar to that of your own toothpaste. Also, remember to store the dog toothpaste in the refrigerator.
Hope these tips will help you help your dog to stay happy and healthy!