Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Dressed to the Nines: Good Grooming

Good grooming is an important part of every dog’s health, and it can be a great opportunity to bond with your dog, especially when you’re brushing him or giving him a puppy massage.

SSD Irwin gets groomed daily.

First, Donna uses the curry brush to loosen the fur and dirt.

Next, she uses a comb to check for ticks.
She finishes with a soft brush for a nice, shiny coat.

He gets his teeth brushed.

Irwin loves the peanut butter toothpaste!

Rubbing toothpaste on the left side.

The right side

And the front! Donna uses the finger brush because it's easier for her to work with. Because canine toothpaste is enzymatic, vigorous brushing isn't necessary unless the dog's teeth are extremely dirty.
He gets his ears cleaned. Because labs have floppy ears, moisture can accumulate in their ears and become a breeding ground for organisms. Regular cleaning, about once a week in warm weather, will help prevent infections. 

Irwin holds still while Donna wipes out his ears.
Irwin’s favorite part is his daily puppy massage! Who wouldn’t want to get a massage every day? 


  1. What's the best thing to use to clean the dogs ears. I use baby wipes are they good or should I use something else

  2. Shannon, I use dog ear wipes from Petco. They resemble baby wipes.

  3. Shannon, we generally use an ear wash and cotton balls to clean our dogs' ears.