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Grooming

Grooming not only improves your animal's appearance, it improves its health too. Grooming gives you the chance to check your pet for any lumps, bumps or parasites. Preventing the build-up of matts and tangles is essential to keep your dog's skin in good condition. Daily brushing is also a useful training and bonding experience.

How often?Grooming should be done on a daily basis, if at all possible. If you leave long-coated animals ungroomed then tangles, and eventually matts, will develop in their coats. These are painful and time consuming to remove. Grooming will become an unpleasant chore for you and a time of anxiety for your pet. It is much more sensible to spend a few minutes each day in a session that both you and your pet will find relaxing and rewarding. In terms of short-coated animals, daily grooming will greatly reduce the amount of hair shed over your house.

Equipment You don't need a lot of fancy equipment to keep your pet looking neat. Most good pet stores will stock all the following:

for smooth-coated dogs: a hound glove or even a chamois
for long-haired dogs: a pin brush and a wide-toothed comb
a flea comb for cleaning under the eyes
nail clippers, which come in an assortment of sizes depending on the needs of your pet
Getting your dog used to groomingIt is always easier to start with a younger animal. Puppies should be handled thoroughly from a young age and should get used to the feel of a brush and a comb. Dogs that will need to be clipped, such as poodles, can begin as early as seven weeks. In this way, they will become used to the sound and feel of the clippers and will not be afraid of getting a trim.

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