Learning how to brush a dog is really easy. Not only will brushing your dog help keep her healthy and attractive, it will eliminate lots of shed hair! Brushing your Weimaraner’s hair frequently will keep both her skin and her coat healthy and shiny.
Using a good tool, brush your Weimaraner often so that he will view grooming as a normal activity. The #1 reason you should groom your Weimaraner is simple. Your dog’s physical state influences the way he feels and the way you look at your dog.
Unfortunately we do see dogs who have been neglected, not groomed or washed. Even our beloved Weimaraners! And this neglect does affect the behavior of a dog.
Proper dog grooming not only infuses a healthy glow to your dog’s appearance, but also helps develop his self-esteem. When your dog looks stunning, you become a very proud parent, and you show off your Weimaraner to others.
The first step involved in dog grooming is: Brushing!
Benefits of Brushing Your Dog
Knowing how to brush a dog, is the single most important step in grooming.
The benefits of brushing are many. And, if your dog hunts with you, she will need to be brushed after a day of running in the woods.
Brushing your hunting dog will remove burs, leaves and weeds from her coat. And it will help you find ticks that have attached to her.
- Better blood circulation
- Shinier and healthier coat
- Removes dander, dried mud and dirt
- Better bonding with your dog
- Discovery of ticks or fleas so that you can eradicate them
- Finding cuts and scratches that require attention
- Less dog hair to clean up
Even if you know how crucial brushing is for your dog’s health and well-being, we all know that there is a right way and a wrong way of doing anything.
And without a doubt, you would like to do everything the RIGHT way when it comes to your Weimaraner.
Yes, there’s a method to follow when learning how to brush a dog.
How to Brush a Dog The Right Way…
Because your Weinheimer has short hair, grooming is fairly simple. However, when your dog is shedding, you’ll need to brush him more often to avoid masses of hair on your car, furniture, floors and carpets.
- Brush against the growth of the hair first with a self-cleaning Slicker Brush and then with a medium or wide-toothed comb to remove matted hair.
- The slicker brush removes all the loose hair and the comb takes care of the tangles.
- Brush your Weimaraner along the hair growth and make sure you reach the skin as you brush his way.
- Then use a flea comb over the coat to get the fleas and remove any remaining tangles. Part the coat and start from the root and then comb through.
- If your dog’s paw pads are hairy, then clip them using electric clippers. Do not clip the hair in between the pads. Clip only the excess hair.
Brush your dog’s hair often to prevent it from matting. Matting can be a very painful experience.
Regular brushing untangles the matted hairs on your Dog’s coat. Since this is a risky job to do, the best way out is to prevent the mats from forming in the first place.
And doing this is simple: just brush and comb your Weimaraner regularly. If and when you see any mats or tangles, use a detangle solution and a medium-toothed comb.
Don’t wait until your Weimaraner is dirty or matted to introduce him to grooming. That would make him associate the experience with unpleasantness.
Moreover, many dogs learn to see their routine brushing as an alternate form of petting, i.e. another source of affection and attention.
This guest article on How to Brush a Dog, courtesy of TrainPetDog.com, Copyright(c) 2009
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