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The Long and the Short of Coat Styles for Your Yorkshire Terrier

Just because many standard photos of Yorkies show the long hair and top knot (tied with a bow) doesn't mean that that's the only acceptable coat style. It's not. In fact, any clean, brushed Yorkie is a [more…]

Grooming Your Dog's Hair with a Clipping

Before you cut your first dog hair, make sure you treat your dog safely and plan how you're going to clip her. Your dog needs to be clean and have all mats and tangles brushed out of her coat before you [more…]

Clipping Your Poodle

Your Poodle needs to be clipped on a regular schedule — whether you do the clipping yourself or pay a professional. Any clips other than the required show-ring clips are [more…]

Caring for Your Jack Russell Terrier's Coat and Skin

Depending on your Jack Russell Terrier's outside activities, you should only have to bathe him every month or less. Of course, if your terrier is out rolling in the dirt on a daily basis, you may have [more…]

Essential Grooming: Brushing Your Dog's Teeth

Dogs don't get cavities the way humans do, but they do get plaque, tartar, and gingivitis — all of which can cause foul breath and tooth problems. Trips to the doggie dentist can end up being costly, and [more…]

Understanding Pomeranians and Shedding

A Pomeranian in shedding season looks just like a fluffy dandelion giving up its seeds in a strong wind. Because shedding is controlled in part by changes in light, most natural shedding occurs as the [more…]

Training a Dog to Undergo Grooming Sessions

When you begin a grooming session, your dog probably won't understand that it's ultimately for his benefit — even if you try to explain it to him. He is, after all, a dog, and dogs don't come with the [more…]

Boston Terrier Health Watch: Teeth, Gums, and Jaw

With their short, broad heads and flat faces, Boston Terriers don't have a lot of space for their jaws and teeth. As a result, their jaws may develop abnormally and their mouths tend to be crowded, causing [more…]

Grooming Your Dog for a Show

Successfully grooming your dog for a show requires planning well in advance of the show so you don't run into any surprises the day of the show. The following sections help you prepare for the big day. [more…]

Gathering Brushes and Combs for a Dog Grooming Session

Before you get started with brushing or combing your dog, gather all the tools you need for the grooming session. Having everything you need in one place and within reach makes the brushing and combing [more…]

How to Brush Your Dog

Regular brushing and combing helps keep your dog’s coat and skin healthy and looking good and to get the full benefits, you need to brush all the hair and not just the top coat. The most common brushing [more…]

How to Untangle Matted Dog Hair with Grooming Tools

Brushing or combing out mats and tangles can cause any dog a great deal of discomfort. Your first step to avoid pain to your pet is to stop pulling on mats of hair after you find them. Instead, to gently [more…]

How to Give Your Dog a Bath

Before the introduction of grooming products designed for dogs, bathing your dog frequently may have stripped out essential oils and dried out his coat. Today, specially formulated dog shampoos, conditioners [more…]

How to Trim Your Dog’s Toenails

Unless your dog runs around on hard surfaces that help keep toenails short, you have to clip them about once a week — if you hear them clicking on a hard surface, it’s time for a trim. [more…]

How to Choose Electric Dog Clippers

Electric clippers made for trimming dog hair are available in either rechargeable or plug-in styles. Blades sizes customize grooming to individual coats, and snap-on guide combs keep the trim even across [more…]

Choosing a Vet, Dog Walker, and Groomer for Your Puppy

You should surround yourself with a happy clan of outside helpers for your puppy, such as your veterinarian, a dog walker, and a dog groomer. Be sure to keep their numbers close at hand because you’ll [more…]

Bathing and Grooming Your Puppy

Regularly bathing and grooming your puppy not only makes a clean, fresh-smelling dog, but it also keeps your dog healthy. Make baths and grooming a regular part of your routine. These activities are also [more…]

How to Trim Your Puppy's Nails

To keep your puppy’s nails healthy, you need to trim them by clipping or filing them about once a month. If your puppy’s nails grow too long, they can force his foot out of position, and the nails can [more…]

Your Pomeranian's Grooming Schedule

Taking care of your Pomeranian with regular grooming just makes good sense — and a well-groomed Pom is even that much cuter to look at. The following table covers basic grooming steps [more…]

Dog Grooming Basics: How to Remove Matted Dog Hair

Matted dog hair can be painful for your pet, so prevent matting by brushing your dog's coat regularly. Instead of going to the dog groomer, save some money and learn to remove matted hair yourself. Badly [more…]

Basic Equipment and Supplies for Dog Grooming

Good dog-grooming equipment is necessary for doing the job right. You don't, however, need to buy the most expensive supplies to keep your dog's coat in good condition. In fact, some of the best equipment [more…]

An Efficient Routine for Dog Grooming

Follow these basic steps for a great dog-grooming routine that you do monthly. (You might need to do it more often, depending on the type of hair your dog has.) Many of these tasks — such as brushing your [more…]

Easy Steps to Grooming a Dog's Nails, Teeth, and Ears

Grooming a dog's nails, teeth, and ears may seem frivolous, but they're as important to your dog's good health as heartworm preventative and pest protection. Keep your dog healthy by performing these tasks [more…]

How to Remove Skunk Odor from Dogs

What do you do when your dog has been sprayed by a skunk? Use the following remedy to remove the skunk smell from your dog. It requires baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and liquid dishwashing soap [more…]

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