* Groom the dog in an environment where it will feel comfortable. Because there will be a lot of discarded hair, try the driveway or backyard.
* Use a mat when grooming so that it won’t slip. Have plenty of treats on hand as a reward for good behavior. If the dog can consistently remain still, this should be considered excellent behavior.
* Begin by running the hands through the entire coat of the dog to check for matted hair and knots. Fleas or ticks can also be discovered with this method.
* Good maintenance for a dog’s coat would be a nice daily brushing. A de-shedding comb is great for this because it removes the dog’s undercoat. It should be used daily.
* It’s important to keep the eyes clean and healthy. Use a damp cloth to wipe the eyes daily
* If you come across a “hot spot” where the dog has been chewing on the skin, mix a small amount of bitters with water in a spray bottle and spray the area. This should stop the chewing. Use tea-tree oil to dry up the abrasion.
* The coat can become matted if the dog isn’t brushed properly or if wet hair gets tangled. De-matting combs can work through a mat, but if this doesn’t work, use a children’s de-tangling spray, then comb through. If this doesn’t work, take the dog to a professional groomer.
* The best part about grooming at home is getting to know your dog and feeling comfortable around each other. Your dog will be happier and the relationship the two of you share will become stronger.
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