Grooming is an important time to communicate with your dog and check on his physical condition.
Grooming tasks such as brushing teeth, clipping claws and cleaning ears are not only important activities to keep your dog healthy, but also an important form of communication. When observations are made with the aim of maintaining every angle of the body, it is possible to find abnormalities in the condition of the body that are not normally noticed.
Difficult things should left to professionals, but basic care should learned through daily grooming with the owner’s hands.
Brushing teeth, clipping nails, cleaning ears and other grooming tasks are important activities that not only keep your dog healthy, but also communicate. When observation is done with the aim of maintaining every corner of the body, it is possible to find abnormalities in the condition of the body that are not normally noticed.
We have to leave the most difficult things to the professionals, but we should learn the basics of care and take care of it daily with the owner’s hands.
So this time we asked the staff of Higashi Shinjuku Pet Dog Village, a centre for deepening the connection with dogs, who are experts in dogs, to teach you simple methods of care and maintenance at home.
Relax your mind and body
Just like humans, dogs love massages. And when it comes in the hands of a trusted owner, the therapeutic effect is tremendous.
A massage of about 5 minutes a day, or 1 to 2 minutes on a busy day is good. The dog might be surprised if you suddenly start massaging. So start gradually while petting him as usual.
Although it is said to massage, it is too strong for a dog to massage with human strength, so use only enough force. Like humans, dogs have stiff necks and shoulders. Also, the area around the ears can get tired because they move them so much. Gently grasp the roots of the ears and twist them a little to relax the muscles.
Use it for action against hairballs and to prevent skin problems
Brushing is not only important to maintain your dog’s coat, but also to prevent skin problems. The longer the coat, the more likely it is to become matted and dirty. If left untreated, it can also lead to skin conditions. Brushing also helps to improve circulation, so I would brush him daily, along with a massage.
Until you get used to it, it is advisable to use a brush with a round brush head that is gentle on the skin. There are different types of brushes you can use depending on your hair type, so it’s best to ask at the shop.
If you grab the brush all at once, you can get caught and hurt yourself. So the trick is to brush one step at a time. If a pill gets caught, don’t force it, but use your fingertips to loosen or remove it.
Be careful not only when combing your hair, but also when washing it. The temperatures of hot water and hair dryers can be difficult to determine and can cause problems with leave-in shampoo. You can safely leave shampooing to the professionals.
Avoid ingrown toenails and periodontal disease
Clean your ears trim your nails and brush your teeth. If you see light dirt in your ears, it’s time to clean them. Dog breeds with long ears are especially prone to dirt, so check them once a week.
Use only soft, airy cotton swabs to clean the visible areas. The inside of the ear is sensitive, so do not touch it. If the area around the eyes is also dirty, clean only the outside gently.
Some dogs don’t like nail clippers or brushes, so this can be difficult. However, if left untreated, it can lead to toenail and periodontal disease. As well as adjusting to avoid damaging the power, try to be as comfortable as possible.
If you still don’t like it, see a professional, such as a trimmer or vet. If it continues to be forced, it can cause trauma and anxiety for the owner. The basis of grooming your pet is to see it as part of communication and to be in a good mood.