If you're grooming your dog, go online to your pet store and pet store and order some basic grooming tools.
If your dog has short hair, a brush / curry comb or a curry brush are suitable. Dogs with long hair need a smoother brush, a hairpin and, if they moult, a undercoat. You also get shedding tools and blades that easily remove loose hair.
You may also need a flea comb to check if he picked up fleas, especially when he was near other dogs. Your pet supply store will have all sorts of remedies for fleas.
Start brushing your dog as early as possible so that he really gets used to it. If you have an older dog not used for brushing, be very gentle and sensitive to him. Let him get to know the dog grooming tools before even touching with them. Pet and reward him constantly.
Even if your dog is going to a dog show for grooming, you should get him used to the process before he is handled by strangers.
Dogs with very short hair do not need to brush their teeth more than once a month, unless they are entering the mud or in a really dirty environment.
Long haired dogs usually need to be brushed every week. If your dog with long hair is often inside your home, you can even brush it every day to prevent hair loss on your carpets.
Just do a little brushing at the beginning every day and before you know it, he will love the experience. Many dogs are all excited and jump early when you take out their grooming tools.
You will also need rags, paper towels and cotton to clean eyes, ears and the anal area. You can go to YouTube or your local pet show to see how to express the anal glands. This must be done or it can cause blockage and discomfort and even an infection.
If your dog has not accumulated years of plaque on his teeth, you can clean them yourself with a special brush and a toothpaste specially designed for dogs, or wipes or a glove . Most dogs prefer wipes or toothbrushes to have a forced brush in their mouths.
Otherwise, take him to a vet for cleaning the first time. After that, you should be able to clean them yourself. It is estimated that up to 80% of dogs have dental caries and gum disease.
A great way to prevent this is to give your dog a special dog. My dogs just bury them! But if you soak them well in a tasty sauce then freeze them, they will enjoy a good chew! Some people give their dogs large frozen bones, but beware, even large bones can be crushed and cause blockages. In some countries, really huge ostrich coins are available.
His nails must be cut and you need a nail clipper for dogs. If you take your dog for long, regular walks, his nails may not need to be cut. Metallic or paved roads in particular keep the nails beautifully short. If you cut them, until you are more experienced, remove them too little too much.
Remember, if the dog's fingernails have been allowed to become very long, the fast or live part seems to lengthen too. So, cut a little each week until they are of normal length.
If he has very tangled hair, you may need to cut thick carpets with rounded-point scissors.
If you bathe your dog, use a special dog shampoo and, if possible, a dog drier. Ordinary hair dryers can cause burns, so you should be careful if you use them. Dogs must get used to it gradually, because most dogs hate them at first. If it's hot, just a towel will suffice.
Beware however, dogs tend to look for the dirtiest place to go for a roll after their baths! I like to take my dog out for a long walk to dry properly and forget the rolling.