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How to Groom a Beagle at Home

Have you taken many trips to the groomers only to realize that you can easily do the process at home? If your dog is able to be still and trust your care during the grooming process, this is a great opportunity to groom your Beagle at home. There are a variety of steps to take that will guide you on your journey to home grooming your canine family member.

Brushing

Brush your Beagle’s coat one to two times per week. The brushing motion allows the natural oils in your dog’s skin to be stimulated. The oils help reduce the amount of shedding. You will want to use a dog brush and brush in the same direction of the growth of the hair. The only time you will want to use a fine tooth comb is when you are inspecting your dog’s coat for ticks and fleas. In this case you will want to comb against the direction of the hair growth in order to expose the skin.

Bathing

Beagles need to be bathed on a monthly basis. You will want to use lukewarm water and special dog formulated shampoo. If your dog tends to play in the dirt or mud often you may have to bathe him or her more frequently.

Cleaning the Ears

Beagles have floppy ears that may be prone to ear infections. You will want to keep your dog’s ears clean by cleaning them once a week to avoid infection. You will want to use a specially developed ear cleaner that is approved by your veterinarian. Cleanse your dog’s inner ear area by using a soft cotton swab and work your way to the outer ear. Make sure all residue has been removed.

Cleaning the Eyes

Your Beagle’s expressive eyes need to be kept clean on a regular basis. Basically anytime you see discharge building up in the corner of his or her eyes, you will want to use a soft cotton swab to remove the discharge. It helps if you blow softly towards his or her eye so that they naturally close their eye while you clean it quickly.

Clipping the Nails

You will know when you need to clip your Beagle’s nails when you hear them clicking on the floor as they walk or run. Use special dog nail clippers to carefully trim the tips of the nails. Be careful not to cut too much off, it can cause pain and bleeding.

Brushing Teeth

Keep your dog’s oral health in check by brushing his or her teeth on a regular basis, preferably three to four times a week. Use a soft dog toothbrush and toothpaste to gently brush your dog’s teeth.

Remember keeping your dog groomed and clean will help them live a happy, healthy life. You will be surprised at how quickly skipping an ear cleaning can lead to an infection. Make time in your schedule to groom your Beagle on a regular basis. Even though it may take some time out of your day, it still saves you from driving to the groomers, and it saves you money. Plus you will develop a good bond with your dog during his or her grooming sessions.

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Should you have a concern regarding the health of your Beagle(s), you should contact your veterinarian. All information on this site is presented solely for educational and informational purposes and should not, at any time, be considered a substitute for seeking or receiving veterinary care for your Beagle(s).