Dog Grooming


Dog Grooming: Electric Clippers

By Kathy Salzberg, NCMG Q: What are the best electric clippers to use on a West Highland Terrier? We would like to groom our two dogs. A: The clipper I like best these days is the Oster Golden A-5 2-Speed model manufactured for professional groomers and designed to handle everything from general purpose grooming to […]

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Improving a Dry Coat

By Kathy Salzberg Q: I have three Bolognese dogs, ages 2 1/2, 1 1/2, and 8 weeks. We live in San Jose, CA, and our water here tends to be quite harsh and leaves their coat very dry. I have recently started to use “AVEDA Shampure” on the two older ones and I’ve noticed a […]

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Coping With a Dog Who Sheds

By Kathy Salzberg, NCMG Q. I have a Pug who sheds really badly. Is there something I can do to limit or stop the shedding? I comb him, but it doesn’t help much. A. Pugs are among the most endearing of small dog breeds. One look at their tragic-comic faces will chase your blues away. […]

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Dog Breeds That Don’t Shed

By Kathy Salzberg, NCMG | Posted: March 14, 2014, 11 a.m. PST The level of shedding is a question many prospective pet owners ask when deciding upon which dog to choose.  It may be a matter of allergies or some people simply don’t want to deal with the housekeeping issue involved with dogs that shed […]

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Save Money by Trimming Your Dog’s Nails

By Kathy Salzberg, NCMG Q. Our 7-year-old Harrier has very thick, hard nails. The groomer uses a nail clipper and follows with a grinding tool on her nails. Since we are currently financially challenged, I am interested in grooming our dog’s nails myself. Can you please give me explicit directions on how to properly use a […]

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How to Love Your Dirty Dog in Spite of Himself

“Suburbanite inhabiting an immaculate, perfectly decorated home, behind the wheel of an elaborately detailed luxury car; suddenly finds grime, fur and drool everywhere – entirely shifts lifestyle and falls in love with all of it.” Does this ring a bell with you? You’re definitely not alone! So how did you wind up with your dog? […]

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Are You Guilty of Over-Grooming?

By Jeffrey G. Pepper In some breeds, hours and hours of work are involved in preparing dogs for their brief ring appearances. Trimming, shaping and sculpting using various products and tools are the norm for breeds such as the Poodle and Bichon Frisé. Others, such as the Pekingese and Shih Tzu, need extensive brushing and […]

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Trimming a Dachshund’s Nails

By Kathy Salzberg, NCMG | Posted: February 29, 2012, 9 a.m. EST Q. I have a Miniature Dachshund. I cut her nails myself. They have been somewhat neglected, but not terribly neglected. They are not so long as to cause her discomfort, but to the eye I can tell they are too long and they […]

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Bobbye Land’s Essential Dog Grooming Tools

1. Chamois cloth: I get mine from automotive supply stores where they are a fraction of the price you’ll pay at a pet-supply store. They are great for cleaning up spills and messes besides being cost- and time-effective for bathing. I have found that the synthetics work just as well as the more expensive “natural” […]

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How to Trim Dog Nails

By Kathy Salzberg | Posted: December 4, 2012, 8 a.m. Trimming your dog’s nails is a necessary chore and should be done every three or four weeks.  You can do it yourself or have a groomer or vet clip your dog’s nails for you. Most groomers will be happy to show you how it’s done and it might be […]

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