A Guide to Grooming your dog

No matter what your mother told you, it's not just what's on the inside that counts - not at least when it comes to canine care. Your dog's health and happiness also depend on a well-cared-for exterior: coat, ears, mouth and nails. Show dogs and those with special grooming problems need the attention of a professional groomer. But you can easily give your doggie routine care at home.


Regular brushing elminates tangles and mats and helps get your dog accustomed to being handled more. It's also a good time to check for fleas and ticks, lesions, lumps and changes in skin and coat. It's best to start with your dog lying down.


Bath time is much easier after a thorough brushing.

Paw primps

Proper foot care will keep your pooch dancing and help prevent unnecessary pain and infection later on. Most dogs don't like to have their feet handled, so go slowly, one paw at a time. If you handle your dogs feet routinely, he'll get used to it and it'll be easier later on. Remove mats of hair from between toes and pads. Regular exercise on a hard surface may keep his nail's worn down, but most dogs will need to have their nails clipped every few weeks. Make sure if your dog has dew claws (the smaller claw on the back of each leg, higher than the paws) that you clip those too. If left to grow too long, they may curl inward toward the skin and cause a painful incision.

Great Grooming Tips

Introduce a puppy to a grooming routine as early as 7 weeks. Begin by simply handling and touching the puppy, gently brushing and combing him and clipping his nails.