Dog Cleaning & Grooming Tips

Posted Jul 22, 2019 in Dog Tips

Grooming your dog is one of the many responsibilities we take on when we become pet parents. And proper grooming can be anything from brushing hair to brushing teeth. Read on to find out how you can keep your pup’s hygiene clean and healthy!

Fun Pono Bathing Tips

Luckily your doggy doesn’t need to be bathed frequently. Usually, they only need to be washed after they’ve played in the mud or rolled all over something smelly. But whatever the case, it’s vital that you accustom your pup to bath time early on, so it isn’t something they dread in the future. Here are some tips to make bath time a breeze.

  • Bring treats (and lots of them) if Pono already hates the bath or is just being introduced to it, you’ll want to reassure them with praise and treats that the “scary” tub is actually a positive experience.
  • Have all your supplies laid out and ready to go. Whether it be a brush, cotton balls, dog-friendly shampoo, or towels – you’ll want them close and ready to use at all times.
  • Remove any tangles or mats before your furry friend gets in the tub – they’ll be 10x harder to untangle once they’re wet.
  • Use a small bucket/bowl or a damp towel to get your doggy wet – you don’t want to overload them with too much water

To keep your doggy smelling so fresh and so clean after they’ve been washed, brush them regularly. Brushing your pup removes excess hair, dirt, dead skin, and even parasites – plus it feels good!

Canine Coat Care

More about regular brushing and comb – it’s essential! Your pup isn’t regularly groomed their fur can develop mats that pull on and inflame your dog’s sensitive skin. Here are some furry friend grooming tools & tips you should consider investing in.

  • A fine-toothed metal flea comb will last a lifetime, but should only be used for combing out any potential bugs and loose fur – don’t use it to get out knots, it’ll only hurt Pono.
  • For shorthaired canines (and double-coats like huskies and collies) use a natural bristle brush.
  • Breeds with long, shaggy, or thick hair will need a steel pin brush.
  • Another helpful tip is to prep your pup fur with a dog-friendly spray-on conditioner – it’ll make you and Pono’s life a lot easier.
  • If your canine companion does have mats, we recommend using baby oil or liquid tangle remover to help clear them up.

And remember, shorthaired dogs probably only need to be brushed once a week, but long-hair pups need a proper brushing every day.

Doggy Dental Care

Now, you shouldn’t have to worry too much about cavities when it comes to canines – but you should watch out for gum disease caused by tartar buildup. It’s one of the most common problems vets have to face when it comes to pups.

If gum disease develops and gets bad enough, it can negatively affect the way your dog chews, and in severe cases spread to their internal organs from the bacteria.

Make sure you use toothpaste made especially for pets, and then either use your finger (you can wrap it in gauze) or a soft toothbrush.

Puppy Pedicures

Your pup’s feet should also be a high priority because unlike us, they don’t have shoes to protect themselves from whatever may be lingering on the ground. Also, if their nails grow too long, they can curl up, poking their paws with every step they take – ouch!

Regularly give your pup’s paws a good check to ensure they don’t have any pebbles, glass, or debris stuck in between their toes or lodged into their paw. And don’t forget to check their nails every few weeks to see if they need a trim!

Always Remember Your Dog’s Ears

And finally, take good care of your four-legged friend’s ears – they’re delicate and sensitive. The outer part of the ear (referred to as the earflap or pinna) is the most vulnerable to infection and injury, so ensure its regularly checked and cleaned. Here are some tips on what to look out for and what to do:

  • Ensure Pono’s ears are pink with no apparent smell, discharge or foreign objects.
  • Never use soapy water as that can cause an infection, instead use mineral oil.
  • Check your dog’s ears weekly to see if they need cleaning and knows the early signs of an ear infection: continually shaking their head, sore or red ear(s), or a smell/discharge.

Always contact your vet if you feel somethings not right, it’s better to be safe than sorry – they can also show you some techniques on how they clean dog ears.

Grooming your dog is a necessity that needs to be regularly maintained. Once you make this a habit though, both you and your doggy will notice the extraordinary difference and be better off because of it.

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