- Play with your puppies feet AND rub the pads, and in between each toe. - Open your puppies' mouth and touch their teeth regularly. Begin using a finger brush as early as possible. - Start brushing your dog's fur at an early age, making sure you brush every body part such as its tail & underside.
DOES YOUR DOG HAVE BAD SKIN OR SKIN ALLERGIES?
Angela from Angels Dog Grooming Salon in Massey, Auckland shared the following tip with me for treating dogs with irritable skin. Simply mix 1/4 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar and 1 cup of Water into a spray bottle and spray on to your dogs skin after a shampoo (make sure that the mixture gets to the skin and not just on the coat) and leave it (do not wash out). Do this once a week and see if you start to notice a difference to your dogs skin.
Have an Aloe Vera plant in the garden, for dogs with hotspots, pop a wee bit of the gel from the plant on the sore - works a treat!
You can also buy some evening primrose and put a couple of drops in your dogs water bowl - this may also help with skin and coat conditions.
Before you go and get medicated shampoos, I urge you to try the Horse & Hound Bar from the WashBar range or their Neem Shampoo - the results will amaze you! A trial recently done show's the before and after pictures of a Westie. Check it out here!
DOES YOUR DOG HAVE EYE STAINING?
The stains are dyed into the coat. They cant be washed out but they can be better with thorough washing in something like a block of sunlight soap, or block of neem soap (be careful not to get in the eyes). The best thing to do is to prevent it. For bad staining, a bacterial or fungal aspect is there and it cant be completely cured until that is addressed, but for mild cases, especially in tear staining, keeping the moisture from getting into the fur is the answer. You can put a fine film of vasoline on the area or use a powder - like DE frequently on the area to keep it dry, will allow the hair to grow back clear.
In the states they use Angel Eyes which is said to be a great product also.
DRYING YOUR DOG THE QUICKEST WAY AFTER A BATH
The best thing to dry your dog with after their bath is a shammie - like what you use on the car - just wet the shammie, wring it out and gently start drying and squeezing, then wring it out once full and repeat. Then when the dog has shaked or there is very little water coming out of shammie when you wring it out, you can get a towel to do a last rub! A lot easier, quicker and saves on towels! Especially great on big dogs where you may use 2 to 3 towels. Give it a go!
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