Dog Care

Each breed of dog will have different care requirements. The majority of fanciers are only expert in preparing their own chosen breed, and perhaps one or two others. Only professional dog groomers could, for example, advise on the bathing, trimming, scissoring, and grooming of all the breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club. Most people have a preference for a long- or a short-coated animal, and even sometimes for a particular color. Remember, however, that the long-coated animal is likely to need far more time spent on grooming than the short-coated one, and that a light-colored dog, for instance the Dalmatian, is going to shed hairs that will be apparent on the sitting-room carpet.

Grooming Equipment It is sensible when buying a puppy to discuss with the breeder the basic equipment you will need for grooming.

Special effects While quite a number of breeds have to be hand-stripped, using fingers and/or a stripping knife, to give the coat the desired effect for the show ring, these same breeds are often clipped instead when they are kept solely as domestic pets.
Smooth-coated breeds, such as the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Boston Terrier, and French Bulldog, need only be groomed every day or two using a short, bristle brush; the German Shepherd Dog and many of the spaniels and retrievers need daily grooming using a bristle brush and a comb; those breeds that need particular coat care and regular visits to the grooming parlor for clipping, stripping, and, perhaps, scissoring, include the Airedale Terrier, Bichon Frise, the Schnauzers, and the Poodles.
It must be emphasized, therefore, that if time and expense are a consideration, you would be well advised to think in terms of a smooth, short-coated breed.

Routine grooming jobs

To keep your dog in the best possible condition, carry out the following checks on the dog's ears, eyes, teeth, and nails in addition to grooming the coat.
Dog Health Check 1
Ears Check the ears and ear flaps for any sign of wax or an unpleasant smell, which could be signs of canker. Ear swabs are available, or use absorbent cotton moistened with olive oil. Take immense care never to probe the ear too deeply.
Dog Health Check 1
Eyes Check the eyes for any inflammation and watering, and for opacity in the cornea. For routine care, it is possible to buy eye swabs specially formulated to clean the discharge often found around the eye area. Alternately, wipe away stains with cotton dipped in lukewarm water or cold tea.
Dog Health Check 1
Nails If your dog gets plenty of roadwork, its nails should wear down naturally. If not, they will need to be trimmed with veterinary clippers about every 3 months. The veterinarian will undertake this task.
Dog Health Check 1
Teeth Clean your dog's teeth with canine toothpaste. It is also sensible to take your dog to the veterinarian for regular scaling. This is particularly important in the case of toy breeds, which can lose their teeth at an early age.
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