Tips

Tips

  1. Be sure to get both sides of your dog and the undercarriage when washing your dog. You can turn your dog around and reattach tethers. 

  2. Cleaning Your Dog’s Ears Your dog’s ear is more L-shaped than yours, and debris loves to collect at the corner of the L. To remove this debris, fill your dog’s ear canal with a good ear cleaner. Ear cleaners should be slightly acidic but should NOT sting. Massage the base of the ear for 20-30 seconds to soften and release the debris. Wipe out the loose debris and excess fluid with a cotton ball. Repeat this procedure until you see no more debris. Cotton applicator swabs can be used to clean the inside of the earflap and the part of the ear canal you can see. They should NOT be used farther deown in the ear canal since that tends to pack debris in the ear canal, rather than removing it. You may find your dog does not like to have his ears cleaned because it is uncomfortable. Talking to him during the process, stopping momentarily to give him a treat if he is doing well. After the ear is clean, let the dog shake his head and allow some time for the ears to dry.

  3. Mat care If your dog develops a mat, do not wet it!. Water only tightens the mats which can lead to serious skin irritation and infection. Have a groomer help you remove it.

  4. Easier nail trimming To make nail trimming easier on everyone involved, try to make paw handling part of your daily life. Hold your dogs foot ( you may also touch their nails ) for a minute or so. If they struggle do not let go. Speak in soothing tones and wait until they calm down to releaseê them. Do this often and over a period of time until they become less anxious to paw handling.