How to Groom a Minimal Shedding Dog

Easy
15 - 30
1 Week

Introduction

Ziggy may not play guitar (sorry, David Bowie), but neither does he do much in the way of shedding. All dogs shed to some extent, but short-haired breeds shed so little it's almost impossible to tell they are shedding at all. Yet, despite this, Ziggy still needs to be groomed on a regular basis. Not only is this is a good way to keep the dirt and dust out of his coat, it is a good time to examine him for parasites, cuts, nicks, bruises, and skin ailments, some of which might require a trip to the vet. 

Dog's Perspective

Ziggy is just your average dog, he loves life, he loves his family, and most of all he seems to be happy with the way he looks (not that most dogs really care). But at the same time, if you don't take care of the weekly grooming and monthly bath, you are going to end up with one stinky pooch. 

The Quick and Easy Method

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Slicker Brush
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On the top
Using a slicker brush, gently start brushing Ziggy's head; make sure you get around his muzzle and his ears.
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The front quarter
Brush his neck, chest, and shoulders. Follow the direction in which his hair grows. This helps to spread the natural oils in his coat and to ensure his coat lies flat.
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The back and rump come next
Continue working your way down his rump. Brush his tail out and then around his anus--pay close attention here as the skin is very sensitive.
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He's got legs
But, very few low shedding dogs need much in the way of leg grooming. The hair on their legs is very short. But, is still doesn't hurt to brush them down with a slicker brush to remove dust, dirt, and burrs.
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Rolling, rolling, rolling
Have Ziggy lie down and roll over so you can brush his belly. Check him over for parasites, scratches, cuts, or any other skin ailments or injuries. All done! Have Ziggy hop up and give him a treat!
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The All-In Method

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Slicker Brush
Shampoo
Nail Clipper
Dremel
Nail File
Towel
Toothbrush
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Time for a bath
Start out by giving Ziggy a nice warm bath. Using a vet-approved shampoo, give him a good all-over scrubbing. Rinse him down thoroughly, making sure you get all of the shampoo out of his coat and off his skin. Get him nice and clean, then gently dry him off with a nice soft towel.
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Grab the slicker brush
Using a slicker brush, gently brush his head, neck, shoulders, back, and rump. Stop and give him a treat.
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Around and under
Have Ziggy lie down on his side, then brush his belly and legs. Trim the hair between his toes and his pads.
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Even guys need pedicures
Depending on the size of Ziggy's toenails, use nail cutters (for larger nails) or a guillotine cutter (for smaller nails) to trim them back. Use a file, grinder or Dremel tool to round off any sharp edges. Keep some styptic or cornstarch on hand just in case you hit the quick and it bleeds.
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Brush his teeth
Using a vet-approved dog toothbrush and toothpaste, brush Ziggy's teeth starting with the molars (be sure you get the ones way in the back). Make sure you get inside and all around each of his teeth.
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Caution & Considerations

  • Take your time and go slowly around your pup's genitals and anus, the skin in these areas is very thin and sensitive.
  • Be sure you have a styptic powder, like¬†Kwik-Stop, or cornstarch on hand in case you cut into the quick in his nails, which can cause them to bleed.
  • Be sure you use the right size nail cutters:¬†Guillotine-style is best for small dogs, while scissor-style is¬†better for the big guys.
  • Bath water should not be any warmer than you would use to bathe a baby
  • Take your time and let your dog set the pace, this will help him be more comfortable
  • If you use shears or clippers, be sure the blades are sharp to avoid pulling the hair painfully out of the skin.¬†

Conclusion

Even minimally shedding dogs need to be groomed at least once a week to remove dirt and debris from their coat. It gives you a good opportunity to check the skin over for fleas, ticks, and any injuries. Make it fun for both of you and let it become a great bonding experience.

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