How do I Groom my Pomsky?
Pomskies only shed twice a year.
It’s Time to Get in the Tub
When you have a particularly difficult to bathe
How should I give my puppy a bath?
1. Make sure to begin the experience calm and happy. Your dog can sense when you are stressed out and subsequently will get stressed out and will hate bath times. (I, unfortunately, did not adhere to this when Keira was little so now bath times are not easy for either of us)
2. Make sure to keep a bag of treats ready to give to your puppy at all times. Hopefully, you will be able to trick them into thinking baths are a good thing!
3. Make sure the temperature is not too hot and not too cold. Maybe a little warmer than lukewarm. If it’s too hot for you, it’s definitely too hot for them.
4. Begin the wash by getting the fur wet, remembering to keep praising your pup for how well they are doing. My showerhead is detachable so I spray Keira down with it, but you could just fill a tub with water and do it that way.
5. Apply enough shampoo and really work it into their fur. I suggest washing and applying shampoo in sections because they tend to shake and dry out the fur pretty quickly. *If your dog gets dry/itchy skin or you need to wash your dog multiple times close together, you should look into using a hypoallergenic/dry skin shampoo to help their skin.*
6. Then rinse… and repeat if your dog is extra dirty.
Where should I bathe my puppy?
– Your bathtub should be just fine if you are okay with sharing your space
– You could get a plastic kiddie pool and put your set up in the back yard
– There might be a DIY (do it yourself) dog grooming place near you that provides all the necessary equipment
– My parents bathe their dogs in the sink, so whatever works best for you!
Now my dog is soaking wet…
Right after the bath, I have a towel for Keira to jump into. She runs back and forth in the bathroom drying herself on the towel and shaking off the excess water. Then I take time to dry her with the towel and then brush her dry. That takes a while, so if you could get your dog to like being blow dried then more power to you! Only one of my dogs likes to be blow dried and brushed into a nice
If after brushing your dog you haven’t produced another dog out of fur… You aren’t doing it right!
Typically I will brush and get the undercoat out of my dog after a bath. That way I can get everything out of the way at one time. Of course, I do brush her more often than after baths, to keep the shedding down. As said in the intro,
What tools do I use?
I use just a regular bristle brush for every day and an undercoat rake for when I am trying to get her undercoat out (which comes out to the amount of a whole other dog). The regular brush is the only one she’ll really let me use on her. With lots of patience, I get her groomed reasonably well. One item that people like to use often for dogs with double coats is a
If you are feeling brave and ambitious then on to Nail Trimming
Trimming your dog’s nails can be very difficult, especially if your dog will not sit still. If you cut the nail too close then your dog will be in pain and there will be blood. It is oh so important for you to remain calm while cutting the nails so that the dog doesn’t cause anything unfortunate to happen. When you have your dog nail clippers make sure your dog is secure and cut to just before the pink of the nail. If your dog has white nails you will be able to see the pink. The pink contains blood and nerves and is very painful to your pup if you cut it. After trimming the nails, you can use a dog nail grinder to file it down so that their fresh cut nails don’t leave you with scratches. If you do not feel comfortable enough with cutting your dogs nails, then grinding is a helpful intermediate. If you have a high powered and good quality Dremel (nail grinder) you can skip the whole clipping step
When in doubt let a professional see it out!
You can also get your vet or local groomer to cut your dog’s nails if your dog will allow them to. Kiera gets her nails trimmed and her glands expressed at the
~ Natalie M.
Mom to Keira, a Patriot Pomskies Pomsky