Daily Massage

It's important to establish a grooming routine. Not only will this ensure that things are done in a timely manner (and, as a result, make it more difficult to procrastinate), but dogs thrive on routine.

Your dog will learn that things happen at certain times and will look forward to it. Your routine can be daily, with those grooming chores that should be done every day, and weekly, with those that only need to be done once a week.

Every day, you should give your dog a massage. When during the day you do it is up to you, but it does need to be done daily. When you massage your dog, you can feel for any health problems on or under the skin, such as lumps and bumps, ticks, and cuts or scrapes. You can also find any tangles in the coat, dirt or mud caked in the paws or legs, and any other grooming problems.

As you massage your dog, you are also spending quality time with her. This is great for bonding, and it's relaxing for both of you.

If you have a medium, large, or giant dog, sit on the floor and invite your dog to lie down in front of you. Small dogs can lie in your lap as you sit in a comfortable chair.

Turn your dog's paws away from you so she can't paw and scratch you.

Begin at her head, running your hands over her muzzle and lifting her lips to look at her teeth. Look at her eyes, running your hands over her eyelids, and check out her ears.

Massage her neck, running your fingers through the coat at her neck, under her collar, and down to her shoulders.

Continue down the shoulders to one front leg, rubbing down the leg to the paw. Check out her paw, looking between each toe and touching each toenail.

6. Massage her chest, back, and body, working to her hips and back legs. Don't forget her tail. Flip her over and repeat on the other side.

If your dog has a thick coat, especially a double coat, make sure your fingers feel all the way through the coat to her skin. After several massages, your fingers will learn what she feels like and will be able to detect problems you might not be able to see. Make sure, too, that you feel her all over.

Pit Bulls as Pets

Pit Bulls as Pets

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