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The Most Important Grooming Habits Every Pug Owner Needs to Know

What many people love about Pugs is the fact that they are friendly and full of life. It also doesn’t hurt that their short coats don’t require much in the way of grooming. Even so, there are some important grooming tasks that cannot be ignored if you are a pug owner. Keep reading to learn more about them.

Brushing and Bathing Your Pug

Pugs are not overly messy dogs but all dogs need a bath now and then. For the most part, you can expect to bathe your Pug every two to three weeks to keep him clean. When bathing your Pug, fill your bathtub with a few inches of lukewarm water then place your Pug inside. Use a cup to pour water over your Pug or use a handheld sprayer to wet down his coat. Next, work some dog-safe shampoo into his coat until it lathers then rinse it well, making sure to get rid of all of the soap residue. Then, simply towel your Pug dry. Some Pugs will allow you to use the hair dryer on them but just be sure to use the lowest heat setting if you do.

In addition to bathing your Pug, you should also know how to brush him. Pugs have fairly short hair but they do shed so you’ll want to brush your dog several times a week to keep this under control. Use a short-bristled wire-pin brush to brush your Pug’s coat, starting at the base of his neck and working your way down his back and legs. Always brush in the direction of hair growth and be gentle when brushing over your Pug’s wrinkles so you don’t hurt him. After brushing your Pug you may want to clean his wrinkles with a damp cloth and then make sure the area dries completely.  The wrinkles on your Pug’s face and body can harbor bacteria, so check and clean these areas often.

Additional Grooming Tasks

While brushing and bathing are the top two grooming tasks you need to worry about for Pugs, there are some other things that should not be forgotten. Cleaning your Pug’s ears, for example, is very important for the prevention of ear infections. Pugs have flop ears which means that they hang down on either side of the dog’s head – ears like this tend to retain moisture when they get wet because they don’t get as much air circulation as prick ears (ears that stand erect).

The wet environment inside your Pug’s ears is the perfect place for bacteria and yeast to grow which can cause an infection. You always need to keep your Pug’s ears clean and dry as a general rule, but you should also think about cleaning them once a week. To do so, squeeze a few drops of dog ear cleaner into your Pug’s ear canal then massage the base of the ear to distribute the solution. Then, just use a clean cotton ball to clean and dry the ear.

In addition to cleaning your dog’s ears, you should also trim his nails on a regular basis to keep them from becoming overgrown. Trimming your Pug’s nails can take a few tries to get the hang of it so consider having your vet or groomer show you how to do it before you try for the first time. Your dog’s nail contains a quick (the vessel that supplies blood to the nail) and it can bleed profusely if you sever it by cutting the nail too short. Your best bet is to only trim the sharp tip from the nail.

As a Pug owner, one of your biggest responsibilities is keeping your dog well groomed. Not only is this important for helping your Pug to always look his best, but it also keeps his skin and coat in good condition as well as his ears and his nails.

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