When it comes to grooming, Dalmatians are actually very easy to take care of and grooming shouldn’t be a big problem for any owner. The only thing that is “tricky” is that they require brushing a bit more often, and it needs to be regular. They shed constantly therefore brushing is very important. The good-side is that they don’t have the usual bad dog smells, and are a very clean breed.
So knowing that, let’s go through some important Dalmatian grooming key points.
A Dalmatian that has been properly taken care of, fed and exercised should have a clean silky smooth coat which will make it hard for dust and dirt to stick to. They have natural oil in their coats and this makes dirt fall off them once it dries, keeping them clean and looking great.
They also tend to spend a huge amount of time licking and cleaning themselves. If you have more than one Dalmatian in the house, they will clean each other in those areas they can’t reach by themselves, like their ears. And don’t be surprised if your Dalmatian starts licking and cleaning you as well. These dogs don’t take good hygiene very lightly.
Bathing them is one of those rare occasions that you should only do once every 3-6 months or so, and when you do make sure you use pet-safe products only. This means no human shampoo and no human soap. It will dry out their skin and will make their coats more susceptible to dirt.
You should only bathe these dogs when they really dirty or smelly. Other than that, they are good at keeping themselves clean and looking good.
Brushing is very important because Dalmatians shed a lot and you should use a brush for short hair to remove any dead and loose fur. So take your dog out, if you don’t want all that fur to stay in the house, and brush his whole coat thoroughly at least once or twice per week.
Their coats will look shinier and cleaner just from brushing. Weekly brushing will also help keep away unwanted pests off the dog’s coat if there are any.
If you let your Dalmatian run over rocks or concrete, his nails will be filed down naturally. So Dalmatians that get a lot of time running and playing outdoors will need less work in the nails department. However you should still check up on them from time to time to make sure they don’t grow too long. Broken nails are one of the most common problems that veterinarians have to deal with and the healing process is usually long and painful.
If you aren’t too comfortable with clipping your Dalmatians nails on your own, you should take them to the vet and watch how they do it for the first time. When you do it on your own, make sure you don’t cut too close to the pink region within the nail. If you accidentally cut it, stop the bleeding and pay attention to the area until it has healed completely so no infection occurs.
Dental Hygiene for Dalmatians
Just like humans, Dalmatians can get cavities in their teeth. A visit to a dog dentist to get rid of painful cavities won’t be cheap so make sure you take care of your dog’s teeth before it’s too late.
The best way to do it is to use dog toothbrush with some doggy toothpaste. Make sure you don’t use human toothpaste or the dog will never allow you to brush his teeth again! Brushing his teeth won’t be an easy task, at least not at first, but with practice you will get it down.
An alternative method is to give your dog edible chewable like bones and pigskin. Your Dalmatian will love them. Make sure you only give chews that are safe. Some chewable, like poultry bones, can split into small sharp pieces and hurt your dog. So do your research if you are not sure if about the chews.
Complete Dalmatian Care and Training Guide
If you own a Dalmatian dog and are looking for a complete guide for raising a happy, healthy and obedient dog that you can feel proud of, check out the Dalmatian Owners Guide. It contains proven, tested and confirmed methods on training and care that every Dalmatian owner must know.
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