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grooming your puppy

A well groomed YorkieThe reason one should groom his/her Dog is simple - your dog's physical state influences the way he feels and the way you look at your dog. Extreme cases, where lack of proper care, cleaning and grooming can directly affect the behavior of your Dog, are not rare. Proper grooming not only infuses a healthy glow to your dog's appearance, but also helps develop his self-esteem; while it makes you a very proud parent, when you show off your Dog to others. The first step involved in dog grooming is: Brushing!

Brushing

Brushing has been universally acknowledged by expert dog groomers as the single most important step in grooming. The benefits of brushing are many.

To name a few:

  1. Better blood circulation;

  2. Shinier and healthier coat;

  3. Better bonding

  Even if you know how crucial brushing is for your Dog's health and well-being, we all know that there is a right way and a wrong way of doing anything. And without doubt, you would like to do everything the RIGHT way when it comes to your Dog. Yes, there's a method to follow while brushing your Dog.

Here are FIVE steps to successfully brushing your Dog that will prove to be extremely useful:

  1. Brush against the growth of the hair first with a slicker brush and then with a medium or wide-toothed comb.

  2. The slicker brush removes all the loose hair and the comb takes care of the tangles.

  3. Brush your Dog along the hair growth and make sure you reach the skin as you brush.

  4. Then use a fine comb, aka flea comb over the coat to remove any remaining tangles and to give it sheen. Part the coat and start from the root and then comb through.

  5. If your Dog's paw pads are hairy, then clip them using electric clippers. Do not clip the hair in between the pads. Clip only the excess hair.

Brush your Dog's hair to prevent it from matting. Matting can be a very painful experience. Regular brushing untangles the matted hairs on your Dog's coat. Since this is a risky job to do, the best way out is to prevent them from forming in the first place. And doing this is simple: just brush and comb your Dog regularly. If and when you see any mats or tangles, use a detangle solution and a medium-toothed comb. Don't wait until your Dog is dirty or matted to introduce him to grooming. That would make him associate the experience with unpleasantness. Moreover, many dogs learn to see their routine brushing as an alternate form of petting, i.e. another source of affection and attention.

Here are a few useful items you may need from Amazon.ca

         

Morkie Coats

Both the Maltese and Yorkie grow a single coat of hair that does not shed and will grow to floor length. The Morkie coat will grow to the floor as well and requires regular grooming. I've noticed that the more plush the coat, the easier it mats. Again, regular brushing prevents this from happening.

Morkies are on-the-go little spirits and will get down and play with the kids, tussle in the dirt  & leaf pile, and/or run through the lake. So what is the alternative to mats, baths and lots of brushing? Answer: the puppy cut. In a puppy cut a Morkie is easy to groom and is soft and sleek in grey/silver. Plus they look super cute with their teddy faces exposed.

A good set of grooming supplies is essential, I recommend the Wahl brand for their longevity

    

Maltese in a puppy cutOne hot summer day, my then bald head baking in the sun, I decided to give my panting Maltese a puppy cut. I spent a good while trimming, the whole time she pretended to be bored, even yawning on occasion. While I am sure she was much cooler, she seemed a little indignant over the whole situation, her picture says it all.

 

 

 

 

 

   
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