Pekingese Home Grooming
Pekingese dogs can be home groomed, provided you know how to go about the task. Since a Pekingese does not like abrupt sounds and movements, the best method for home grooming is to start when they are puppies. This way they get used to the noises and feel of the appliances that you use. However, when you start grooming your Peke keep a lot of ‘doggie treats’ at hand, as this is one thing he will not object to!
Home Grooming Basic
The basics of home grooming are:
* Drying the fur
* Brushing the fur
* Attention to face and head
* Paw care
Trimming: The best time to start with this part of grooming is when they are puppies. Keep a bag of treats handy. Keep feeding him with the treats, while running the clipper, but without touching him. He will then get used to the sound of the clipper. The next step is to gently touch him with the clipper and let him get used to the tickling sensation. Feed him treats at regular intervals and soon he will associate trimming with treats. This will make him docile and obedient during the trimming session. Trimming can be done in different styles which suit your fancy. A bit of artistry on your part can make him look extra cute.
Bathing: Pekingese do not need frequent baths. In fact, excessive baths, can damage their fur and skin. Bathing them about once a month is fine. Since they have sensitive skin and luxurious fur, ensure that you use only mild, good quality dog shampoo. Plug his ears with cotton to prevent water going into the ears. Run a tub of luke warm water and gently place him in. Wet him thoroughly and apply shampoo. Lather his entire body and pay special attention to places which get dirty such as paws etc. Make sure that the soapy water does not get into his eyes, mouth and ears. After lathering, rinse him thoroughly.
Drying: After a bath, a Pekingese needs his fur to be dried. It should not be towel dried as it can tangle his fur. Use a hair dryer, but do not use sweeping motions as this too could cause tangles. The best method is to keep the dryer at a constant distance and gently brush to separate and straighten the fur.
Brushing: The idea behind brushing a Pekingese is to separate and straighten the hair. It should be done in a gentle but firm manner. Check the brush, only a small quantity of hair should have come off. Otherwise it means you are brushing too hard. Do brushing in small areas at a time. Pull a handful against the grain and then gently brush in the direction of the grain. Be gentle at all times, especially in difficult areas such as the tail and skirt.
Face and Head: The folds on a Pekingese muzzle make it a problem area. It is prone to the accumulation of dirt and grime, a magnet for irritation and infection. Cleaning the face of a Pekingese is a daily task. Using plain water, gently clean out the folds of the muzzles, around the eyes etc., using a cloth or cotton ball.
Clean his teeth using a piece of gauze. Give him hard edible products and this too helps keep the teeth clean. If the tartar build up does not rub off, then you will have to take him to the vet to get it cleaned.
Paws:Spread the toes and trim the hairs and nails. Ensure that the nails are cut such that the ‘quick’ is not touched. This can be very painful for the dog. Regular trimming, in small amounts, will make the quick retreat.
Underside: Trimming the hair around the genital area is good for hygiene. However, exercise caution, as a misstep can cause immense pain. If you are nervous, it is better leaving it alone and getting it done during a semi-annual or annual grooming session. At least ensure the area is regularly cleaned.
Each of these aspects is very important in Pekingese grooming and they should be done correctly so that the result is a well groomed Pekingese, the pride of your heart.