Grooming is important. Your dog feels just as uncomfortable as you do when his hair is not in good shape.
No one likes a bad hair day. Your dog certainly doesn’t !
But grooming is more than just having him look and feel good; it’s vital for his health too. And grooming is more than just a bath, it includes brushing, combing, keeping his teeth and ears clean, clipping his nails, and keeping him in top shape.
All dogs need toenail care, ear and teeth cleaning, and protection from fleas and ticks. Other than that, the type of grooming your new dog needs will depend on his coat: its length, type, thickness, and whether or not it is a double coat. Short-haired dogs such as Doberman Pinschers, German Shorthaired Pointers, and Miniature Pinschers need twice-weekly brushing with a soft-bristled brush, teeth and ear cleaning, nail trim- ming, and a bath once in a while—that’s about it. On the other hand, poodles, spaniels, and schnauzers have hair that grows continuously and need regular haircuts to keep it under control. Other breeds, like German Shepherd Dogs and Siberian Huskies, have a thick double coat that sheds regularly, so they need daily brushing.
Grooming is much more than keeping your dog looking good, although looks are important, too. Grooming is also ensuring that her ears are clean and healthy, teeth are sparkling white, and skin and body are healthy. If you smell a bad odor from her teeth or ears while cleaning them, you should get your dog into the veterinarian’s office before a huge problem develops. Similarly, if a bump develops under the skin or you find an open sore while brushing your dog, get help before a bigger problem arises. Grooming is a vital part of keeping your dog healthy.