Grooming a Pomeranian – Tips for a Speedy Dog!
Pomeranians are one of the most difficult dogs to keep clean and well cared for. The problem is the hair, more specifically, the amount of hair! It is everywhere!
The truth is, whether we like it or not, pom poms need to be groomed regularly. The coat should be bathed and brushed for your Pomeranian to smell good and to prevent fur tangling, the nails should be routinely trimmed to avoid uncomfortable nail problems, and you should even brush your Pomeranian’s teeth regularly.
All of this may sound like a lot of work, but it’s actually not that bad. If grooming your Pomeranian coat gives you a headache, follow these tips for a great looking dog. However, if it’s still too much, you can choose to “outsource” these tasks to a dog groomer, which is a perfectly good option. A qualified groomer can take care of coat and nail care, and finish it off with a tooth brushing session!
Follow these tips for a handsome Pom:
– Try to do a quick brushing every few days. Ideally, you would do this every day, but this can be too difficult for most people. Caring for Pomeranian dogs can be a hassle, but brushing prevents rugs from forming and reduces the amount of loose hair found on your furniture and rugs. At the very least, always brush before and after bath time.
– Bathe your Pom with lukewarm water. Test the temperature on your wrist to ensure the proper temperature, just as you would with a baby’s formula. Water that is too hot or too cold can make the experience uncomfortable for your Pom and will increase the amount of squirming.
Also be careful not to hit the water buttons during bathing without your realizing it, or the water could become dangerously hot or cold.
If you are not using a shampoo specifically formulated for canines (whose pH is adjusted for use on a dog’s skin), use a baby shampoo. Adult shampoo (or soap) should be avoided as it will severely sting your pom pom eyes and is too harsh on the skin. However, the choice of the idea is still a real dog shampoo.
– Take some time to dry your pom pom. It is important to remember that these are very small dogs and they have very thick fur. They take a long time to dry, and due to their small size, they can be mildly hypothermic in cold weather. Furthermore, wet fur creates a prime condition for skin irritations.
You will need a lot of fresh and dry towels to accomplish this task. Some dogs may allow you to use a hair dryer to speed up the process, but don’t be surprised if this scares yours to death. Don’t force him to sit up during an uncomfortable hair dryer session if it scares him, or he will form a negative mental association with bath time, making it more difficult in the future.
– Lastly, make the experience as fun as possible. Most dogs love water, but poms, for whatever reason, often hate bathing. Give your dog a treat at the end and speak in a calm, soothing voice throughout the process.
Grooming Pomeranian hair may not always be very easy, but with these tips you should be off to a good start.