Grooming In Steps
Here is the following equipment required:
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Cotton wool buds
Metal handle very wide teeth comb (small) Oster grooming comb with handle
Great for removing tangles and dead coat.
Rounded teeth prevent irritation
These are solid steel combs are strong, durable and easy to disinfect.
Metal forceps. Serrated jaws with lock.
It is necessary to accustom your Bolognese to the grooming routine when still a puppy.
A young dog that becomes accustomed to the caring hands of a human will remain easy
to handle and willing throughout his life.
Who would want every grooming session with their dog not to be a struggle, even if the dog is small.
Put your Bolognese onto a grooming surface, preferably a grooming table and give him the command
A dog that is nervous on the grooming table sits down over and over again,
fidgets about continuously or simply does not do what he is supposed to do is no fun to groom.
You need calm and obedient behaviour from your Bolognese during grooming sessions.
You have to be careful to prevent your dog from jumping or falling off the table
as it would be easy to injure from such a fall.
If grooming is done regularly your dog learns to accept grooming and will relax
and go to sleep and it becomes a pleasure for both of you.
Care Of The Ears
In order to keep the ears clean and prevent inflammation,
you must pluck the hair growing inside the ears at regular intervals
This aids in preventing the ears from being clogged up with wax.
Cleaning the ears must never be attempted with cotton swabs since this may
actually push dirt deeper into the auditory canal.
Pet shops and vets offer liquid ear cleaning solutions, which can be applied by putting a few drops
into the ear and massaging the ear so that the deposits of ear wax and dirt are loosened.
The outer part of the ear is then carefully wiped clean with cotton wool.
If your Bolognese shakes his head frequently or scratches at his ears you should take him to the vet.
When the cleaning regime of the ears is complete, to prevent your dog getting ear mites
“Thornet – Canker Powder” can be put in both ears using a cotton wool bud.
Care Of The Feet
The length of your Bolognese’s toe nails should be checked on a regular basis.
Since your Bolognese is light on his feet, his nails are not worn down to a proper length through walking.
As a rule the nails should be level with the outline of the paw.
In the case of light coloured nails, it is relatively easy to determine where the “quick”
(the vein that runs through each nail) ends, but this is not so obvious in the case of dark coloured nails.
Clipping dark nails requires a very careful approach to avoid cutting into the quick which
would be very painful to the dog and result in bleeding.
Just in case, you should have some“Trimmex” which stops the bleeding.
If you are worried about using nail clippers you could use a file or electric nail grinder.
The fifth claw (dew claw) on the forefeet must not be overlooked.
If neglected,it might eventually grow inward and cut into the leg.
If the dog has very brittle, hard nails, trim the nails after a bath.
Trim with care all the hair between the pads.
Most dogs don’t naturally enjoy their bath but you at least want yours to cooperate with you.
Before bathing the dog, have the items you’ll need within reach so you don’t have to leave your dog unattended
First decide where you will bath the dog. Care should be taken that the surfaces are non slip.
Wet the coat thoroughly using a shower spray, a hose or a jug.
Dilute the shampoo using only shampoo designed for dogs.
Human shampoos are too harsh for dog coats and will dry them out.
Begin bathing by wetting the coat all the way down to the skin.
Massage in the shampoo, keeping it away from his face and eyes.
Rinse him thoroughly, again avoiding the eyes and ears, as you
don’t want to get water in the ear canals.
A thorough rinsing is important as shampoo residue is drying and itchy to the dogs.
A thorough rinsing is important as shampoo residue is drying and itchy to the dogs
. After rinsing, wrap him in a towel to absorb the initial moisture.
A high quality hair dryer with temperature control helps to prevent the hair from
breaking and splitting. Use a warm setting.
Deposits of calcium salts contained in the saliva, in conjunction with food particle
may show as brown deposits at the bases of the teeth, commonly known as “tartar”.
This appears to be particularly common in young as well as older dogs.
Bleeding and inflamed gums can lead to tooth loss and bad breath.
Regular brushing of the teeth is important and toothbrushes and toothpaste for dogs
are readily available.
Resistant tartar can only be removed by a vet who will use ultra sonic technology.
After The Bath
Dolly now finished and ready to have her photograph taken in the garden.