Grooming Your Dog: Before the Bath

To learn more about grooming your dog visit wikihow. The article found there goes into much more detail than presented here.

Brush your dog first. Begin on the neck and move down the body. Be careful under the belly, as it is a sensitive area, and don’t forget to brush the tail. You can brush short-haired dogs with simple tools like curry brushes or gloves.

  • Brush medium- to long-coated dogs with more specialized tools like a slicker, a pin brush, or an undercoat rake.
  • Whatever you use, it must remove loose hair and distribute oils from the skin throughout the coat.

Praise your dog as you’re brushing him. Reward calm, quiet behavior to encourage more of it. You may want to include a treat now and then to reward the dog for good behavior.


Clean your dog’s ears. It’s normal for a clean ear to have some wax in it, but there shouldn’t be any particular smell to it. To clean your dog’s ears, apply some ear cleaning solution (bought at a pet supply store) to a cotton ball. Wipe dirt and wax away from the inner ear, but don’t rub vigorously, as this might cause sores. Don’t push too far into the ear, either. Bring ear cleaning solution up to body temperature before putting it in the dog’s ears. Place it in a body-temperature water bath, just as you would with a baby bottle.

–When you’re done wiping out the ear with a damp cotton ball or cloth, gently dry it out with a dry one.

–Praise your dog! The ears are a sensitive part of the body, and he may need some comfort.

Contact the vet for ear problems. Your dog needs medical attention if his ears look swollen, red, irritated, dark or blackened. Any discharge or sores, or a bad smell should also prompt a call to the vet. Excessive discharge, inflammation, and odor are signs of an ear infection that needs medication.


Clip the dog’s nails. To keep your dog’s nails short, clip them regularly, depending on how fast his nails grow. If you can hear his his nails on the ground when he walks, that means his nails are touching the ground, and are too long.




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