How to Groom a Low Maintenance Dog

Easy
15 - 30 Minutes
1 Week

Introduction

Despite the fact Joey is a low maintenance kind of dog, with a nice short coat, this doesn't mean he shouldn't still be groomed once a week. Grooming is more than just you brushing his coat. It is making sure he doesn't have any injuries, skin conditions, or parasites. 

In most cases, Joey is going to simply relax and let you groom him. The big thing about grooming a low maintenance dog is to make it relaxing and enjoyable for both of you. This will give both of you something to look forward to each week. It can be a great bonding time. 

Dog's Perspective

Joey doesn't care if you groom him once a week or once a month. In fact, chances are good he doesn't care if you ever groom him. But if you want his skin and coat to stay nice and healthy, you still need to give him a good grooming once a week. Take your time and make the whole process fun. 

Caution & Considerations

  • Be very cautious when brushing around the anus and genitals as the skin here is thin. Pulling on the hair in these areas can be extremely painful.
  • Keep a supply of cornstarch or athletic powder on hand in case you happen to cut into the quick while cutting the nails.
  • Guillotine-style nail clippers are for small dogs and nails.
  • A scissor-style cutter is best used for larger dogs with big, thick nails.
  • Keep the bath water at the same temperature you would use to bathe a baby.
  • Go slow and steady, making it more enjoyable for your dog.
  • Use plenty of treats to keep him happy before, during, and after each grooming session. 

Conclusion

Remember, just because Joey is a low maintenance breed, this doesn't mean you can ignore him or let him go for too long between grooming sessions. Grooming is just as much about skin and coat health as it is about making him look good. Use this time to bond with him and the two of you will soon be enjoying this personal time together. 

Success Stories and Grooming Questions

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