How to Give a Dog a Facial

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10 - 30 Minutes
4 Months

Introduction

If you're going to do something special for your dog to not only make him feel good but also improve his overall appearance and health of his skin and fur along his face, give him a facial. There are many ingredients you can use to pamper your buddy with a facial to improve skin and massage their faces, as well as remove tear stains. Even with your regular dog shampoo and water, you can give your dog a facial that will feel good and make him look brighter.

Dog's Perspective

Your pampered pup maybe a little apprehensive about you being really close to his face, especially with shampoo. Make this fun for your dog as well rewarding for him. Starting your facial with a nice massage and ending the treatment with a delicious treat will certainly help ease any of your dog's anxieties.

The Natural Blueberry Method

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Prepare
Gather all of the items you will need for a facial, including a towel and brush and whatever products you're going to use for a blueberry facial.
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Make facial
With a coffee grinder or blender, grind half a cup of oats to a powder. Crush up fresh blueberries and add to the oatmeal. Mix the blueberries and the oats together in a small bowl. This will create a facial product high in antioxidants and good for your dog's skin and fur.
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Apply
Using your fingers, apply the mixture to your dog's face. As you apply, gently rub the blueberry facial mixture into his skin and fur, massaging his cheeks and jowls and the top of his head, especially behind his ears.
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Tasty
Blueberries and oats are very tasty so expect your dog to lick much of this off if he can reach it.
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Rinse
Using a small cup and a cloth, rinse the mixture off of your dog's face after you have massaged it in. This mixture will leave your dog's skin so soft and his fur luscious and healthy.
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Other products
Making a blueberry facial at home is easy to do. However, you can purchase blueberry soap-free products at your local pet stores or online. Just be careful what you put around your dog's eyes.
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The Full Facial Method

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Brush or comb
Using your dog's favorite brush or comb, brush out the fur along his face. If your dog has a beard, be sure to get the long fur around his mouth that may contain food particles and debris. Focus on getting any tangles or knots out of his fur before you wash.
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Wash
Using a favorite tear-free shampoo or facial product, wash your dog's face including head, ears, nose, cheeks, and neck.
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Massage
Use the suds from the shampoo to massage the product into your dog's fur while also massaging his skin.
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Eyes
Use a clean cloth to wipe any crust out of your dog's eyes. If your dog has tear stains, get a toothbrush and apply a tear-free shampoo and brush the tear stains until clean.
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Ears
Massage your dog's ears from tip to crown and use an ear wash to remove any dirt, debris, or wax from inside the ear.
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Rinse
Using a wet towel, rinse the suds off your dog's face. If your dog will let you pour water down his face, you can use a cup with small amounts of water, catching it with a towel before it runs into his ears or eyes.
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Comb dry
With your dog's face fur still wet, use a comb to comb his fur straight down and style the way you would like it to be styled. If your dog will allow, you can also use a small hair dryer on a low heat setting to dry his facial fur.
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Reward
Always end with the tasty treat for your pup to reward his patience during his facial and end the facial on a positive note.
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Caution & Considerations

  • There are many products on the market you can buy to give your dog a facial and then include natural ingredients such as blueberries.
  • You can also use your normal shampoo on your dog's face when giving a facial.
  • Making a special facial product specifically for your dog from home is easy by mixing blueberries and oats together. You can also use other ingredients such as baking soda and oil.
  • A toothbrush works well at getting small areas around your dog's ears or eyes, especially for tear stains.
  • Be sure to brush out any food crumbs or debris from your dog's beard before you wash the fur.
  • Include special facial time with your dog in an entire spa treatment day.
  • Though a facial is not a necessary part of grooming, it does help get certain small areas of your dog's face cleaner and healthier while increasing the bond between the two of you. Even pooches love to be pampered.
  • If your dog is struggling with the length of time it takes to give a facial, be sure to offer him a treat midway through. A good time to do this would be before you rinse the facial product off his fur.

Conclusion

Love your pampered pooch even more by offering him a natural facial with products high in antioxidants and good stuff for your pup's skin and fur. Earn a round of a-paws from your pampered pooch by giving him a best of show treatment with a yummy and soothing facial.

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