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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.