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Dogs bring joy, love, and endless tail wags into our lives. Maintaining their well-being extends beyond providing food and shelter; it also includes keeping them in tip top shape when it comes to grooming.

Grooming not only enhances your dog’s appearance but also plays a vital role in their overall health and happiness.

Here’s a quick guide to some do’s and don’ts to get you set on the right track!


Establish a Grooming Routine: Create a regular grooming schedule that suits your dog’s breed and coat type. This could be weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, depending on their needs.

Brush Regularly: Brushing helps remove loose hair, dirt, and tangles, preventing matting and promoting a healthy coat. Choose the appropriate brush for your dog’s fur type and start with short sessions to avoid overwhelming them.

Bathe When Needed: Dogs don’t require frequent baths as it can strip away their natural oils. However, if your dog gets dirty or has a specific skin condition, a gentle shampoo specifically formulated for dogs is recommended.

Trim Nails Regularly: Long nails can cause discomfort and even pain when walking or running. Trim your dog’s nails every 4-6 weeks using pet nail clippers. Be cautious not to cut too close to the quick, the sensitive part of the nail with blood vessels.

Clean Eyes and Ears: Regularly check your dog’s eyes for any discharge or redness. Wipe gently with a damp cloth to remove debris. Similarly, inspect their ears for excessive wax or dirt. Clean them with a soft cloth and ear cleaning solution recommended by your veterinarian.


Use Harsh Shampoos: Avoid using human shampoos on your dog, as these can be too harsh for their delicate skin and fur. Opt for dog-specific shampoos that are gentle and pH-balanced.

Over-Bathe: Excessive bathing can strip away your dog’s natural oils, leading to dry, itchy skin. Unless your dog is particularly dirty, stick to your established bathing routine.

Trim Nails Too Short: Cutting nails too short can cause bleeding and pain. Ask your veterinarian or a professional groomer to demonstrate the proper technique if you’re unsure.

Neglect Dental Care: Dental hygiene is crucial for your dog’s overall health. Brush their teeth regularly using a dog-specific toothbrush and toothpaste. If you notice any signs of dental issues, consult your veterinarian.

Groom an Anxious Dog Alone: If your dog exhibits signs of anxiety or fear during grooming, consider seeking professional grooming services. A groomer with experience handling anxious dogs can provide a more calming and stress-free environment.

Use Cotton Swabs in Ears: Cotton swabs can push wax and debris deeper into the ear canal, increasing the risk of infection. Use a specialized ear cleaning solution and gauze pads instead.

With these in mind, you can ensure your furry friend stays healthy, happy, and of course, always looking their best!