Introduction:Short-haired dogs are generally considered "wash and wear", since they don't usually require a great deal of grooming. Keeping a short-haired dog clean and healthy does require a few tools in your grooming box, however.
Like a curry comb for horses (in fact, you can use a curry comb for horses), a rubber comb lifts out dead hair and stimulates the skin to produce the oils necessary for a healthy skin and coat. The Kong Company makes the "Zoom Groom" which is fantastic; you can use it when you bathe your dog to bring out even more dead hair.
Most dogs need their nails trimmed on a regular basis. Generally, if you can hear the nails clicking, they're too long. Depending on the size of your dog, you might use guillotine clippers (for toy and small breeds), pliers-type clippers (for small and medium breeds), or a nail grinder (for medium, large, and giant breeds).
Whether your dog's ears are long or short, floppy or erect, chances are they'll need to be cleaned at various times. Use a mild cleanser on a cotton ball to safely get down into the ear canal. (A cotton swab can damage the inner ear.) Warm the cleanser up before use to make it more comfortable for your dog.
Use a mild shampoo formulated specifically for dogs; their pH balance is different than ours, so human shampoo is not ideal. Don't bathe your dog too often; for short-haired dogs, once a month is usually more than enough--unless they like to play in the mud or roll in smelly things!
Most dogs today eat kibble, which generally leads to tartar. Make a habit of brushing your dog's teeth at least weekly with a toothbrush and toothpaste formulated for dogs. Some owners give their dogs a raw marrow or knuckle bone to chew as a natural toothbrush. Care should be taken to be sure the dog doesn't crack a tooth or choke on the bone.
Setting up a regular grooming routine not only keeps your dog looking great, but it also lets you perform a mini wellness check to keep track of any issues that you might want to bring to the attention of your vet. It's also a good one-on-one bonding opportunity for you and your dog.
I love my furminator. Even my cat loves it!
I haven't tried the Furminator because I thought it was more for long-haired dogs. I may have to give it a shot!
I have two short haired dogs and have gone through a lot of trial and error grooming tools. My favorites: a drimmel for nails (like the PediPaw) and the Furminator. (Friends of mine with long haired dogs said they didn't like theirs, but it works like a wounder on my short haired ones.)
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