Golden Locks: 7 Must-Know Groom Stages For Your Pup

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Grooming and healthcare is an important part of a dog’s life and a vital task for its owner.

But what about if you’re a new dog guardian and have no idea where to start? 

Why not take a look at our complete guide to dog grooming in 6 easy steps.

1. Coat Type

Depending on your dog’s coat type you will need specific tools to groom him. So is he non-shedding, double coated, silky haired or does he have a self-maintaining coat?

If you are not sure then you can ask at the vets or a pet store when looking for grooming tools.
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2. Your Grooming Kit

A good dog grooming kit will consist of a comb, brush, toothbrush and paste, nail clippers and some cotton wool or similar to clean out his eyes and ears.

Your house will turn into a dog beauty parlour one a month and we promise you’ll enjoy this trip to childhood.

3. Begin to Groom

Regardless of your dog’s age he should be groomed and handled every day, even if it’s just for ten minutes.

This will improve the bond between you, keep his coat and skin healthy and enable you to carry out essential health checks.
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4. The Reluctant Subject

A puppy who is groomed regularly will accept it readily. If an older dog is not keen then you can make it a better experience by rewarding calm behavior with treats.

Clicker training is good for this. Ensure that you don’t overwhelm a worried dog because this will increase his concern.

If you have to groom for thirty seconds at a time to begin with that’s fine, just know that calmness is the most important thing.

5. The Grooming Process

Begin at your dog’s head and brush or comb his entire body.

Talk to him whilst you do it and make sure you’re not pressing too hard or hurting him.

If he’s worried then simply groom in short periods and stop regularly to reward his acceptance.

The idea is to make grooming pleasurable and relaxing for your pup – and most often, it’s like a doggy spa treatment for them!
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6. Health Checks

Basic health checks can be carried out as you groom your dog. Eyes and ears should be clean and free of excessive discharge.

Teeth should be checked and brushed with special doggy toothpaste.

Most dogs accept toothpaste happily as it’s flavored with them in mind.

The anus area should be clean, and look out for swelling because this can point to impacted or infected anal glands.

Nails should not be overgrown. Skin should be pink and clear of flea dirt.

A well groomed dog is a happy and healthy dog, so have fun, make it a game and spend some quality time with your pooch.

7. Everyone Agrees

A puppy must feel as secure and loved in the home as any other child or he will become unhappy.

So be sure that all the people who will be in direct contact with the dog want him just as much as you do.

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