When you have a pet, one of the major responsibilities is to keep it well-groomed and maintained. You may have a dog whose hair grows continually, needing regular haircuts while other dogs shed their coats. You as the pet parent can learn to groom your own dog for better maintenance with less expense. The friendly staff at your local Rockford Petsmart at 6320 East State Street or Petco at 6305 East State Street can help you with special grooming tips for your dog as well as help you purchase all the necessary tools to get the job done yourself. Some breeds are known to have a more rounded face such as the Shih Tzu and Bichon (just to name a couple) and you can learn how to groom your dog with a round face.
In order to groom your dog with a rounded head, begin with a clean dog. Brush and comb out your dog to be sure there are no mats that could tighten during a bath. Proceed to put your dog in the tub and wet thoroughly. Place a small amount of protein-enriched no-tear shampoo in the palm of your hand and proceed to lather your dog. After shampooing, rinse out all the lather, repeat the process followed by a thorough rinsing.
Towel dry your dog as much as possible and use a blow dryer to get your dog completely dried. It is important to work on your dog with a clean, dry coat.
Once your dog is brushed and the body in shape, it is time to focus on achieving a well-groomed round head. When completely groomed, your dog’s head should resemble a basketball. Brush your dog’s fur against the growth of the hair, starting at the base of the neck. You will need a pair of blunt-nose curved scissors to begin the trimming. The curved scissors help to give the more rounded effect you are working towards and the blunt-nose scissor is safer around the face area.
As you back-brush the fur (brushing against the hair growth), trim lightly with the curved scissor upward from the dog’s neck to the crown of its head. It will be a repeat process of continual back-brushing and light trimming to create roundness. Work from the neck/throat area to the crown of the head and the back of the neck to the muzzle.
Focus on back-brushing behind the ears to the chin area and trim. Comb the hair straight down on the sides of the head to be sure there is an even, rounded line from ear to ear. Continue by combing the hair forward around the eyes and carefully clip any hair protruding over the eyes and the nose.
Trim the ears short, to the shape of the ear leather. The ears should blend in with the dog’s head. If the hair is thick around the ears, causing them to stick out, use thinning shears to thin the hair on the head below the ears. Step back and look at your dog. You may need an additional back-brush and trim until your dog’s head is completely rounded and blended, with no unruly hairs sticking out.
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For all your pets needs in Rockford, go to your local PETCO – 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 – http://www.petco.com/or your local PETSMART – 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 – http://stores.petsmart.com/result-details.php?store=493 – PETLAND, (815) 332-4200 – www.petland.com/
For many of your pets essentials, visit your local Rockford area CVS pharmacies. There are four convenient locations – 3134 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109, (815)398-0048 – 110 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 –
3718 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815)877-9620- 2454 S. Alpine Rd.,
Rockford, IL 61108, (815)399-5421- http://www.cvsphoto.com/home
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