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How to Groom Your Dog

Good-looking dogs attract smiles, stares, and lots of attention from strangers. And so do people with good-looking dogs—so break out the brushes and start pampering your pooch!


  • Step 1: Keep dog calm Although most dogs enjoy being groomed, some find it nerve-wracking. Try to keep your dog calm by allowing her to smell and look at the tools you will be using, talking calmly to her, and avoiding sudden startling movements. And use plenty of treats.
  • Step 2: Brush & comb Brush and comb the dog's hair in the direction that it naturally grows. For smooth, short-haired dogs, you want to use a rubber brush (to shed dirt and dead skin) followed by a bristle brush (to collect dead hair).
  • TIP: If you have a smooth dog, try "buffing" her with a chamois. It will give her coat a lovely sheen.
  • Step 3: Tease out tangles Use a slicker brush to tease out any mats or tangles, then brush the loose hair with a bristle brush.
  • TIP: If you find that you're unable to untangle a mat, you can cut it out with blunt scissors or grooming clippers.
  • Step 4: Brush & give treat Give your dog a final brushing, a hug, and a treat. Then take her for a walk to show off her spiffy new coat!
  • FACT: Empress Eugenie, the wife of Napoleon III, sported a coiled, looping hairstyle that inspired a matching cut for poodles that became fashionable at the end of the 19th century.

You Will Need

  • A dog in need of grooming
  • A bristle
  • slicker
  • and/or rubber dog brush
  • A dog comb
  • Dog treats
  • A chamois (optional)
  • Blunt scissors or dog-grooming clippers (optional)

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