Grooming 101: Clean Pets Are Happy Pets

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 11:15am
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With the first day of summer right around the corner, you’re probably spending a lot more time in the great outdoors with your furry friends. And more time outside means more dirty dogs! But we’re here to help. Check out our top tips on how to groom your pet.  

• Regular grooming with a brush or comb will help keep your pet’s hair in good condition by removing dirt, spreading natural oils throughout her coat, preventing tangles and keeping her skin clean and irritant-free.
• When bathing your dog, always use a mild shampoo that’s safe to use on dogs.
• Get your dog used to having her feet touched before you attempt a nail trim. Rub your hand up and down her leg and then gently press each individual toe—and be sure to give her lots of praise and some food treats as you do this.
• Remove wax and dirt from your pet’s ears with a cotton ball moistened with water or a little mineral oil.
• Try to make grooming as enjoyable as possible. Grooming sessions should always be fun, so be sure to schedule them when your dog’s relaxed, especially if she’s the excitable type. And pile on the praise and offer your pooch a treat when the session is finished!

Need more tips? Read our Grooming 101: Clean Pets Are Happy Pets for all the straight talk about grooming cats, dogs and even birds. And while you’re at it, be sure to check out our brand-new partnership with “the people against dirty”—Method. This cruelty-free brand never tests any of its products on animals, or uses animal by-products, and makes products that are safe for cleaning up after your pets. Plus, for a limited time, Method and their friends at are donating 15% of all sales of Method products on their websites to the ASPCA.

So get shopping, and maybe pick up a few summer staples while you’re at it: has a special offer for ASPCA supporters who are also first-time shoppers!