in the north Dallas area of Texas is more than just making your dog look
his or her best. When you brush your dog’s fur, brush the teeth,
and trim the nails on a regular basis, you can detect early signs of certain
skin conditions or other problems and protect your pet from injury and
disease. Another plus: physical touch and grooming are important pack
bonding cues in the natural dog world, so let’s take advantage of
that to help our dogs feel like an important part of the family. Do be
aware that not all dogs are initially comfortable with dog tooth brushing,
nail trimming, and other pet grooming activities. That is why it is important
to start slow and to create an environment that helps your dog remain
calm during these activities.
Making Pet Grooming a Regular Habit
One of the best ways to ease your dog into regular pet grooming is to
begin doing it when we are still a puppy. Also, keep in mind that pet
grooming often requires pet owners to restrain their animals. Some dogs
will respond negatively to being held as they undergo dog tooth brushing
or fur brushing. When you
build an atmosphere of trust between you and your dog while he is still young, though, you can make
his grooming sessions all the more comfortable for him.
If your dog is resistant to getting his fur or teeth brushed, admonishing
his actions may only make him more anxious the next time you try to groom
him. Should your dog hide, struggle, or slip out of your arms, use positive
reinforcement, praise and love for even the smallest displays of obedience
and cooperation…even if the pet gets the required response only
partly right. Petting your dog can show him the benefits of being still
when you brush or wash him. Treats can also prove highly effective for
training your dog how to act obediently when you groom him.
Using Pet Grooming Services
No matter how persistent and encouraging your efforts to groom your dog,
it may prove too difficult to do on your own. Especially if your dog is
large, or if he came into your home as an adult, it may be challenging
to control his behavior or train him to enjoy his grooming sessions. Also,
there are certain situations and certain especially furry breeds where
professional grooming help may be beneficial. Should you experience these
issues, talk to your regular veterinarian, or one of ours, about the professional
pet grooming that are available.
Does your dog squirm and whine when it’s time to bathe or brush him?
Then talk to the pet grooming experts at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group.
Call us today at (469) 759-7620 to
learn more about our dog dental cleaning services and other pet grooming options.