It may be winter, yet this doesn’t mean that you can stop grooming your dog. All it means is that you may have to change your grooming routine a bit.
Here is some winter grooming tips that you should consider.
Protecting your dog’s paws from salt and ice
Of course, the best way to protect your dog’s paws when you take him outside for his walk is to put some cute booties on his feet. Yet, many dogs will just kick these off as soon as they are put onto their feet. Another option you have when protecting their feet is to form a protective repelling barrier on them. You can do this by applying: olive oil, Pam cooking spray or even petroleum jelly onto their feet. All you need to do is rub a little of any of these onto your pet’s feet a minute or so prior before going outside.
Clean and dry paws after being outside
As soon as you bring your dog inside from a walk, take a baby wipe and wipe each of his paws. This will help remove any dirt, salt or ice crystals from his paws, which will protect his paws. It will also help keep your pet from dirtying carpet.
Bathe your dog every month or two
Your dog may not need to be bathed as much in the winter months as he does in the summer. Yet, he should still be bathed at least every month or two, more if he becomes dirty.
Massage your dog while bathing
As you are bathing your dog, be sure to massage him down to skin and always wash from back to front.
Completely dry your dog after bathing
Always make sure to dry your dog off thoroughly after bathing. You can do this by using a microfiber towel, which will dry a dog ten times faster than a normal towel and be purchased at most stores that sells towels or at most pet stores or by using a hair dryer. If you choose to use a hair dryer, set it on the cool setting and make sure to keep it at least 6 inches from your pet’s skin.
Brush your dog regularly
Your dog should be brushed from 3 to 5 times weekly. Brushing will help you bond with your pet, will help soothe your pet and will help keep your pet’s fur from becoming tangled and matted.
Once or twice a week add olive oil to your pet’s food
Olive oil will help your pet’s coat look shinier and become healthier. It should be added to his food once or twice a week. If your dog is a small one, add a teaspoon amount and if he is on the large size, add a tablespoon.
Grooming your dog can be a great way for you to spend some quality time with your dog, while insuring that he remains healthy, happy and great looking.