Francesco's Dog Grooming



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Regular teeth cleaning

Posted on July 18, 2016 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (26102)


 - A small, soft toothbrush (preferably one designed especially for dogs)

- Pet toothpaste (never use human toothpaste)

- OR

- Gauze

- Homemade toothpaste (mix baking soda with a little salt and water).


1. Start off by getting your dog accustomed to the idea of having his teeth brushed. This can be done by gently massaging the gums with your                fingers.

2. Put a small amount of pet toothpaste on the dog’s lips to get him used to the taste.

3. When your dog is comfortable with the touching of gums and taste of the toothpaste, you’re ready to brush. Apply toothpaste directly to the dog’s      teeth and gently brush with toothbrush or gauze wrapped around your finger.


Posted on July 17, 2016 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (12861)

1. Examine dog’s ears for foreign objects

2. Moisten cotton ball or cloth with mineral oil, olive oil or witch hazel and gently wipe the inside of ears. Cotton swabs are not recommended. Never insert anything into the dog’s ear canal. 

3. Use blunt scissors or approved trimmer to trim excess hair within ear. Always stay clear of the ear canal. If your dog sprouts hair from the ear canal, tweezers will be required for plucking to prevent matting and tangles. Ask your vet whether this is necessary for your dog.


Posted on July 14, 2016 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (13103)

1. dip your washcloth in warm water and gently wipe the eye discharge away. Be careful not to apply pressure to the eye or irritate in any way.

2. gently massage the hair with your fingertips to break up the strands. Do not pull on the hair. add more water if necessary.

3. Use stainless stell comb to gently brush out the hair untli it is no longer stiff,tangled or stuck together.


Posted on July 10, 2016 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (8213)

1. Wait until your dog is relaxed and calm. A walk before the session will help.

2. Spread dog’s feet to inspect for dirt and debris

3. Hold your dog in place by putting your arms and upper body over him while you clip nails. While clipping front nails, hold your forearm over the dog’s neck to prevent him from lifting his head. If dog remains anxious or jumpy, try laying him on his side and gently holding him down.

4. Using sharp clippers, cut off the tip of each nail at a slight angle, just before the point where it begins to curl

5. Take care to avoid the quick, which is the vein that runs into the nail. If you accidentally cut into the quick, causing bleeding, apply some styptic powder to stop bleeding.

6. After nails have been cut, use an emery board or file to smooth out edges


Posted on July 10, 2016 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (29724)

Smooth, Short Coats

(once per week)


1. Use a bristle brush

2.  Gently brush from front to back. For best results, brush all the way down to the skin. 

Short, Dense, Curly, Wavy, Double, Combination Coats

(several times per week)


1.  Use a slicker brush to remove tangles and matting. Use liquid detangler or baby oil for stubborn tangles and mats, gently massaging it into the trouble spot with fingers.

2.  Use a bristle brush to remove dead hair

3.  Remember to comb the tail, too

Long, Silky Coats



1. Use a slicker brush to remove tangles

2. When encountering matting, gently brush out without excessive pulling. Use liquid detangler or baby oil for stubborn tangles and mats, gently massaging it into the trouble spot with fingers.

3. Follow up with use of a bristle brush 

4. Remember to brush tail and feet