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Groom your dog

You should accustom a puppy early to regular grooming sessions. Hold it in your arms and gently brush while talking softly. The average dog needs brushing once or twice a week. While brushing, check for skin problems such as fleas and ticks.

Bathe a dog if its coat becomes dirty or foul smelling. Wash it in a tub or sink with warm water and a mild dog shampoo.

Before each bath, put a hair catcher (available at home improvement, bed/bath and hardware stores) over the drain to prevent hair clogs.

The catchers usually come in two sizes. Measure the diameter of your drain before you go to the store. Rinse and towel dry it thoroughly. Keep the dog inside and away from drafts until it is dry.

There are cleansing wipes made especially for dogs and cats available at pet stores. Rub them on your dog to pick up loose hair and get rid of unpleasant odors. You can use a baby wipe to clean a shedding animal.

A good website to visit to learn more is: www.aspca.org/pet-care/ dog-care/dog-groomingtips.

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