How to Groom a Great Dane?

 Great Danes are big dogs but with less grooming needs.They have small haired coats which needs minimal grooming.Except their size there is no such hurdle that one has to face while grooming them.These dogs slobber because of their lose lips that are unable to control the saliva producing in their mouths.Their mouths should be cleaned regularly to prevent any dental issues.In general these dogs are patient and would not cause much problem while their grooming session.Here are some tips and suggestions that may help you grooming your Great Dane.

GROOMING BY HAIR BRUSH:
                                                             Great Danes do not need daily grooming because of their short haired coat.Their coats are thin and special care must be taken while grooming them by hair brush.Always use a metal tooth comb specially made for pets.You can start the grooming section by hand by slowly massaging by hand.In this way you can feel any loss of hair on a specific part of coat or any kind of rashes if occurred.This will also allow you to feel any kind of lumps or bumps present.You can first use a wide toothed hair brush and after that a narrow one.Don't rush in any case as it may hurt the coat if hairs are tangled somewhere due to dirt or less grooming.Daily brushing will help you maintaining your Great Dane's coat shine.

BATHING:
                         Bathing can be a difficult not because of their coats but because of their large size.Bathing is one of the most important section but the question is how often they need bathing?.But giving your dog bath often is not a healthy thing to do as it removes the essential oils from their skin that are necessary to prevent many skin problems and to keep the coat shiny and healthy.Twice in a month for Great Danes as they are patient and do not get dirty often would be enough.Try to use a good quality shampoo and special care should be taken near eyes,nose and ears as shampoo may bring harm to them.You may need a helper in this section also.Don't let your dog out in direct sun exposure after bath.Try to clean the coat with a towel or a hair dryer can also be used.Do not brush the coat again if not completely dried.It may take almost 20 minutes for the coat to become completely dry.

CLEANING THE TEETH:
                                            These dogs need it daily as they slobber and droll.(Click to see why dogs Slobber and Droll).Almost all pets don't like this section.Special care must be taken try to use a soft toothbrush and a medicated toothpaste.Move the brush gently over canines.Try to brush your Lab's teeth around 4-6 minutes.You can get toothbrush and toothpaste specially designed for dogs from a nearby pet store.

CLEANING THE EARS:
                                         Ears should be checked regularly as their is always danger of the occurrence of mites.Usually the sign for having mites is the excessive scratching of ears.You need to consult a veterinary specialist in such case.Try to use a cotton bud or wet wipes and roll it gently inside the ears so it can carry the maximum dirt with it.Try to repeat the process for 4-6 minutes.  

CLEANING THE EYES:
                                                  Eyes are the most sensitive part.Try to use a cotton dipped in a lubricant ex.Water or Hydrogen Peroxide and roll it gently around the corner of eyes.You don't need to push anything at all.By repeating the process 5-10 times you will see all the dirt coming out.

CUTTING THE NAILS:
                                      One must be careful in this section as Great Danes have been seen facing problems related to their paws.Nails need to be cut if are not shedding themselves.You need to be careful as it may result in bleeding if not carefully cut.Try to use a sharp edged nail cutter and cut the dead part usually turned to yellow.Try to push the paw with your thumb so you can see the whole nail out and can cut it at the right place.Look twice and make sure that you are cutting the nail at a significant distance from the root.


 
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