Guide to Pet Dog Breeds
A guide to choosing the best pet dog or puppy for you and your family.
Choosing the right pet dog breed for families with children

Dog Breeds for your Lifestyle needs (little or lots of exercise, little grooming, elderly owners, easily trained, suitable in flats etc.)

Directory og Dog Groomers
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Size Guide to different Dog Breeds
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Dog Grooming -- (Brushing and Combing, Nail trimming, Bathing)
Dog grooming ensures the hygienic care and cleanliness of your dog , as well as enhancing your dog's physical appearance. Grooming is a vital for the well-being and general health of your dog. All Breeds require some amount of grooming, how much depends on the breed, age, or health of your pet and regular grooming helps to ensure your dog is healthy and comfortable.
Grooming forges a closer bond between dog and owner

Brushing and Combing
The amount of grooming a dog requires will depend on its coat. There are five basic types of coat: short coated, long coated, silky, non-shedding curly and wire coated.
Short coated dogs are best groomed with a soft brush and require minimal grooming whilst long coated and silky coated dogs will require thorough daily brushing and combing in order to prevent the coat from becoming matted.

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This is best done by brushing the coat the wrong way to remove loose hairs and dirt, combing and then brushing back the right way
Dogs with non-shedding curly coats such as the poodle will require thorough brushing with a stiff brush every other day and regular clipping to prevent the coat from over growing.
Dogs with a wire coat need regular brushing with a stiff brush to prevent the coat from matting and the top coat should be "stripped" or clipped every three to four months. Stripping is preferable as this helps to retain the wiry texture to the coat.

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Nail trimming
Nail trimming is essential for maintaining good health. If your dog's nails are allowed to grow, they will curl over into a spiral shape; walking will become increasingly painful for your dog as they grow, putting pressure on the toes. Uncut nails could curl so far that they pierce the paw pad, causing infection and pain. Many owners choose to trim nails themselves rather than taking their pet to a groomer or vet. Nail trimming is done with a nail clipper. There are two popular types of nail clippers, the guillotine clipper and the standard scissors nail clipper.


Bathing

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Dogs can be bathed by being sprayed with a hand-held shower head, or in a bath using warm, not hot water, making it a more enjoyable experience. Dogs with a heavy or matted coat should not be bathed without first being completely brushed out or clipped of any mats.
Many types of shampoos and conditioners formulated for dogs are available; however, using a shampoo without mixing it with water may be a bit strong for a dog that's just getting a light bath. If the dog needs a full bath, shampoo should be mixed with cold or hand-warm water in the manufacturers recommended ratio to make it easier on the dog and to make sure it rinses entirely. If any shampoo remains on the dog after the bath, it may become irritating to the skin. Most dogs do not require frequent bathing; shampooing a coat too often can strip the coat of its natural oils, causing it to dry out.







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