How to Groom Your Dog

Check out this Dog World article from 1923 telling dog owners how to properly groom their dogs.

By Dog World Eds. | June 28, 2012

From the Archives of Dog World: Enjoy this all-access pass to dog history from the pages of the longest published dog magazine. This content remains in its original form and reflects the language and views of its time. Health and behavior information evolves and only the most current advice should be followed.

Dog grooming is one of the details of kennel management which is often overlooked, though it should form a part of the daily routine. Not only does it tend to keep at bay the numerous external parasites of the dog, but it also produces a healthy action of the skin. As to the appliance used this will depend upon the dog breed. Smooth dog breeds need only rubbing with a bit of rough toweling or a swab of straw; rougher coated dog breeds need brushing, and long coated dog breeds require a comb and brush.

Old hair, which, in dog breeds such as Collies and St. Bernards, sticks in dead locks among the new, should be carefully removed. How to groom a dog does not seem to be generally understood. It is usual to start with the shoulder and fore legs, and gradually extend to loins and back, finishing with the thighs, stifles, etc. By way of imparting a finishing touch to hounds and the like a wash-leather or a heavy glove may be used. Washing is not often needed – many house dogs are washed too often and with improper soap – a mild soap should be used, and care taken to dry thoroughly.

Excerpted from Dog World magazine, February 1923, Vol. VIII, No. 2. For back issues of Dog World, click here.



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Kimberly   Lapine, Oregon

9/13/2013 9:45:27 AM

I really liked this article I have a pit bull that was rescued and shows signs of being abused with water and or a hose. so I was wondering how to bathe him. From what this says my method of wet towels and gentle scrubbing is a good way to work up to the bath.

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Eileen - 249708   Port Perry, ON

10/30/2012 8:11:37 AM

This is great advise, I have a daily routine for grooming my dog. I started when my dog first came home from the breeders and now at 2 years old still groom daily. My dog knows what is going to happen and totally cooperates. Of course a treat at the end of the grooming sure is a reinforcement.

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Leslie - 233329   Lakeside, AZ

10/24/2012 6:36:32 PM

Interesting article from the archives. thanks

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Cheyenne   Roseburg, OR

7/23/2012 6:13:23 PM

Didn't give too much info... But well written.

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