Regular grooming is important for keeping dogs healthy and can be done by bathing the dog, brushing the dog and trimming its nails. To groom a dog, you need access to a bathtub or water hose, shampoo, a towel, a washcloth, a brush and a nail trimmer. The process can take approximately one to two hours.
- Bathe your dog
Fill a bathtub about 3/4 full with warm water. Next, place the dog in the bathtub and saturate its coat with warm water. Gently rub shampoo all over the dog, avoiding the eyes. Using a washcloth, gently scrub the dog's coat and paws thoroughly to get out all the dirt. Afterwards, rinse off the dog until all the shampoo is gone and dry using a soft absorbent towel.
- Brush your dog
Using a dog brush, start at the dog’s neck, working your way down to the tail. Brush any area of the dog that has fur. The face and tail should be brushed separately and very gently. Repeat this several times, and periodically remove hair from the brush during this process.
- Trim your dog's nails
Hold one of your dog's paws in your hand, and using a pet nail clipper, start by clipping the dog’s nails. Only clip the white part of the nail. Avoid trimming too close to the cuticle and nail bed, as this may cause bleeding. Continue the process until all four paws are trimmed.