Grooming Basics

Grooming your dog makes him or her look and feel good. It's an excellent time for you to note any skin problems and consult your veterinarian. Plus, you'll prevent your dog from spreading excess hair, dust, dirt and parasites inside your home. Grooming can also be another enjoyable way to spend quality time with your pet.

How often you need to groom your dog depends on your dog's coat and lifestyle. Some dogs need to be groomed once a week, some daily. Plan on picking up that brush and comb more often during the spring and fall shedding seasons.

Brush your dog by starting at the head and stroking with the grain of the hair. Then brush the sides from the back down to the stomach. And don't forget the paws, a hiding place for dirt. See your veterinarian or professional groomer for advice on trimming hair around feet, especially between the toes.