If there is one thing we want from our puppy, it is to be spotlessly clean.
Unfortunately, they are not like cats. Their feline counterpart is well known for being effective at self-care, while dogs may need extra help in that department.
With this in mind, it is easy to see why you must bathe your dog again. However, it would help if you did not ignore that they can, to some extent, self-clean themselves. This is why ensuring your dog is grooming itself properly is essential.
Fortunately, this post will help you learn more about your dog’s grooming skills. Read on to learn some things you might see in a well-kept dog.
Check the Coat
Fortunately, dogs can still be considered generally clean animals. They are able to clean themselves by licking. They even groom their genital area after they’ve done their business.
You will know your dog takes good care of himself when you notice his coat is healthy and clean with no apparent dirt. The first inspection will undoubtedly give you an idea of whether it is clean. He is good to go if your dog’s coat is smooth and knotted.
Your puppy’s tongue is the key to his cleanliness. By clicking, he can remove loose and dead hair. You can even eliminate unpleasant body odours, fleas and other parasites, improve blood circulation, and get rid of dirt.
Well, there are things that your dog needs help to get rid of quickly and easily. It can include a stubborn odour your dog may get from fighting a skunk, playing with certain household chemicals, and getting into the garbage can. Sometimes, your dog may have walked through muddy or dusty areas. In this case, you definitely need to bathe him.
Check the ears
No matter how flexible your dog is, there are certain areas on his body that they cannot reach. One of them would be his ears. You can scratch the ears with your paw, but they are not enough for a good cleaning.
You have to pay special attention to the ears. In some cases, your dog may be able to get rid of dirt and parasites, but not always.
Your dog is grooming correctly when you see his ears are healthy and free of unpleasant odours—dirt, debris, sores, bleeding, secretion, scaling, lesions, and inflammation.
As your dog walks and stands, his paws will inevitably get dirty. However, dogs are also effective at cleaning their paws. They can lick all the unnecessary dirt and debris off their paws. But this does not mean that you ignore the foot. You should also check them yourself.
Some parasites are so good at hiding. They can go into the inner folds and creases of your dog’s paws, hiding and silently feeding on your furry friend. Check your dog’s paws and claw spaces.
While you are at it, check your dog’s claws as well. They should be short and intact. Dogs scratch surfaces to keep their claws clean and well-groomed. However, if you find that they are already too long, frayed, or broken, it is time for you to intervene and trim the nail with the appropriate nail clippers.
There you have it; the signs that your dog is doing good grooming. You can also talk to your veterinarian if you have additional questions or clarification. Ask for advice. You can also do your research to find out more.