Thursday, July 17, 2014

How to Groom Your Dog

I actually pride myself on regularly grooming my Maltese dog Beni. From the very beginning I got him used to being brushed and picked at. Regular grooming is very important. It keeps your dog clean, healthy, and manageable (also pretty) :) I took Beni recently to a professional groomer that always cuts his hair and fluffs him up, but there are also many home tips and tricks I use.

Once you are used to regular grooming it really becomes a routine, and remember this has nothing to do with cutesy and fancy pimp-ups, this is hygiene for your dog, just as you brush your hair, clean your ears, brush your teeth, get a hair cut, etc.

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First up is a before and after from his recent visit to the dog groomer.




Maltese dogs tend to have heavily flowing tear ducts, that stain the coat under their eyes red. I got a tip to use boric acid, which is also called acidum boricum and put a little bit of that boric acid (which looks like water) on a pad and clean stained areas of the coat. And it did really work with Beni. But don't get it in the eyes. Only the coat. This can also be used on other stained aerias like the coat around the mouth that gets discolored from food.


According to veterinarians, about 80% of dogs have periodontal disease. If plaque is continually digested on a larger than normal scale, it can cause kidney or liver troubles. Try to brush your dog's teeth at least 2 to 3 times a week, or use an antimicrobial spray if you don't have time or your dog is particularly resistant to the idea. Beni is 50-50 with me when I clean his teeth. Use only those products made specifically for dogs so that you don't unintentionally poison your dog.


A clean ear may contain some wax and shouldn't have any particular smell to it. Warm any cleaner or medication in a container of body temperature water (as you would a baby bottle) before you put it in the ear. Cold is painful in the ear canal. A few drops of warmed rubbing alcohol will dry water from the ear canal and kill bacteria, yeast and mites.


The dog groomer I have been taking Beni to for the last couple of years is very good. Her dog saloon is called "Puppy Village" located in Sarajevo, and it's always filled with different type of dogs.


They make the experience for the dog a good one, and that is something that has to be checked on since it's very important not to traumatize your dog. Another little guy was on the table, and as they finished him up, Beni was up next.


And here is the complete after shot. Once the fur is in control again, it's much easier to regularly groom and keep Beni clean, but having said that, he doesn't stay clean for too long, since there is always a puddle around the corner :)


I realize that most people will know these things, but they are so crucial that I think it's worth repeating them here. Also you got to see a small glimpse of Beni's life that always goes on in full swing, somewhere in the background of this blog. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

27 comments:

  1. You can tell, from the way that Beni is looking at the camera, that he adores you. What a sweet, little guy and obviously well cared for.

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    1. I try my best. Thanks Michelle.

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  2. He really is cute, and well taken care of. Good for you!

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  3. beni is just so darn cute!

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  4. He is the cutest little guy ever. Enjoyed the tips and photos you shared.

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  5. Beni is just about the cutest little white dog I've seen. And he's so white and clean!

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  6. Beni is adorable!! Thanks for sharing this! My dear little dog, Sam Schnauzer, died over a year ago and I still miss him SO much! I hope you both have a fun weekend!

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  7. beni is beautiful either before or after.. but i know he feels better being clean and fluffy. i have never had a dog that had to be groomed, our hound dogs just get a good bath with shampoo. they don't even need to be brushed except for fun for them... my hubby had one like Beni but was lucky enough his wife was a groomer.

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    1. I like him fluffy as well, but the reality is that during the hot summer months it's better for him te be a little less furry. I know your dogs don't need haircuts. They are adorable as well.

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  8. White dogs are the devil to keep clean. I don't bother too much but they do go for haircuts every four months. They come back looking great then. I've just found mine. Little devils crept out for a walk on their own.
    I didn't even know you could get tooth brushes and tooth paste for dogs....Doesn't surprise me.
    Mine are about to be sad. It's clipping nail day. They aren't walking on hard surfaces so I have to clip their claws. I can't for the life of me imagine brushing their teeth.
    Beni does look a happy little fellow.

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    1. He is a furry ball of energy, really. Love your little ones as well, they love to roam around and play which is really good for them, and Beni is exactly like that. Hope the nail clipping went well, I don't have to do that with Beni, but our hard wood floors wouldn't mind...

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  9. Beni je pravi slatkis (osisan ili ne); moj (mnogo veci ) druzbenik je 'otisao' prije 3 godine :-(

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  10. I just happen to have a Maltese too, who just had tooth extraction because of tartar buildup. So your post is right-on relevant for me, especially this month! Thanks for the post and for visiting Peripheral Vision!

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    1. I'm glad I could be of service. If you have any questions feel free to e-mail me. I hope everything went well with your maltese.

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  11. Ich finde es gut wenn du es nochmal so ausführlich schreibst. Beni ist ja ein absoluter Knuddel. Den möchte man sofort in den Arm nehmen und mit ihm kuscheln, vor allem wenn er dann so schön getrimmt wurde. Kann sich echt sehen lassen, und er ist bestimmt auch ein Herzensbrecher, nicht wahr...diesem Blick kann man nicht widerstehen^^

    Danke dir fürs Zeigen und Erklären.

    Viele Grüsse an dich und an Beni auch noch Streichler

    N☼va

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    1. Das stimmt. Man kann nicht lange mit ihm herrumlaufen ohne gestoppt zu werden. Danke Nova für deinen Besuch und Kommentar.

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  12. I didn't realize Beni was a Maltese, but I should have being that I've had three. It's a wonderful breed, even if they are a bit labor intensive. The eyes, the ears, the teeth, the tangled hair.. but all well worth the time and, yes, trouble. I loved them all.
    Great bit of advice here, and all spot on.
    Hello Beni.. have a great weekend with Mersad!

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    1. They are the best aren't they. So much goes for them. Yes they are labor intensive, but that becomes a routine and I hardly notice it anymore., Thanks for your visit, Do you still have dogs?

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  13. Sehr sehr schön !!! Echt Klasse ...

    Grüße und ein tolles Wochenende ... Und natürlich einen tollen Urlaub :)

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  14. You would be surprised at how many people don't know those things. The photographs are wonderful.... I do wish I still had my dogs.

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  15. Thanks for this post. Your dog reminds me of my Havanese. She seems to feel so much better after the grooming, but she is so adorable before! We prefer the rock-star look the the kennel club coif!

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    1. I'm sure she is wonderful. Thanks for your visit Sandy.

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  16. Your dog is so cute, really sweet and funny face :-)

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