Check Out These 6 Grooming Tips For Pomsky Owners
For Pomsky owners (and pet owners in general) taking your dog to the groomers can be a costly affair. Ideally you need to groom your dog once a month or have them groomed. You can save money by doing it yourself but need to know these 6 grooming tips for Pomsky owners before getting the clippers for your pet.
Here are 2 other benefits of grooming your Pomsky at home:
- Builds Trust – Not only can you save money but you will also be able to build trust with your Pomsky. New owners in particular may be looking for extra ways to bond with their pet. You can also avoid raising your dog’s anxiety as taking them to the groomers can cause stress.
- Check Your Dog’s Health – You can check your dog’s health on a more regular basis. You can look at your Pomeranian Husky more closely during grooming sessions.
1. Brushing Your Dog’s Hair
When you think of grooming your dog brushing often comes to mind and for good reason. Brushing your Pomsky on a regular basis will keep their coat clean and free of tangles. Brushing also stimulates blood flow and removes dead hair.
So how often should you brush your Pomsky? Use a bristle brush weekly on your Pomeranian Husky. You can even brush them daily if you would like. It is a great way to keep your dog’s coat in shape.
How to Brush Your Pomsky
- You’ll want to use a bristle brush once a week.
- Take your bristle brush from the back to the front. Be gentle but make sure you are brushing down to your dog’s skin.
2. Bathing Your Pomsky
Most dog owners in general dread bathing their pet. Bathing your Pomsky doesn’t have to be a hard task. You can make bathing your Pomsky a fun affair for both of you. It is also worth noting that bathing only needs to be done every 1-3 months. During the summer you will want to bath them every month and less during the colder months. If your Pomsky spends a good amount of their time outside you should bath them once a month. The more frequent you bathe your dog the less shedding they will do.
How to Bathe Your Dog
- Decide if you want to use your tub or sink. Then place a rubber mat for grip at the bottom of either.
- Fill sink or tub with 4 inches of warm water.
- Start by brushing your Pomsky to ensure you have removed any loose hair, tangles, or mats.
- You can at this point put cotton balls in your Pomsky’s ears to keep soap and water out.
- Put your Pomsky in the tub or sink. Be gentle but hold them firm.
- Get a plastic pitcher or a removable shower head and wet your Pomsky.
- Use a dog shampoo and lather them from head to toe.
- Rinse your Pomsky with warm water.
- You’ll then dry them off with a towel until they are mostly dry.
- Now you can let your dog air dry if its a nice warm day.
- It is recommended that you use a blow drying on a low setting to completely dry your Pomsky. If you let them air dry they may get dirty again.
3. Hair Clipping Your Canine
All you need are the right clippers, scissors, and trimmer to get the job done. This is a great way to save money while keeping your dog’s coat styled.
Dog Hair Clipping Guide
- Start by walking your Pomsky. They have a lot of energy and this will help you to calm them down before.
- Next you want to brush out any mats or tangles in their coat.
- Do you know the difference between a clipper and a trimmer? The trimmer is for the small details and touch ups while the clipper is for the main work.
- When clipping clip close enough with around a half an inch.
- You want to make sure you clip the area of hair around the tail and paws.
- Check your dog’s coat for any stray areas that you may have missed in the intial cut.
- Once you get to your dog’s face area be careful. Make sure the clipper is flat against the dogs head with the blad spokes facing the rear.
- Be extra careful once you start trimming around your Pomsky’s eyes. Your pet may start getting uncomfortable or moving more during this part of the clipping. Hold them firm but gently and make sure the trimmer (you should be using a trimmer for the face area) is flat against your dog’s forehead. Also make sure the blade spokes are facing the nose. Move forward toward the nost.
- Now put the guide comb against the chin of your dog. Make sure the spokes are facing the throat area. Move forward near the throat to trim under the muzzle of the dog.
- Once you start trimming the ears make sure you aren’t getting near the skin. In other words make sure the fur of your dog is above your fingers.
- If you have a small trimmer the final touch will be to trim excess hair inside of the ear. Don’t get to close to the ear canal during this part of clipping your dog’s hair.
4. Trimming Your Dog’s Nails
You want to make sure your dog’s nail trimming experience is one without stress. Now a days most dogs spend a good amount of time in the house. Since they aren’t running around outside all day they don’t wear their nails down. This makes it necessary to trim their nails every month. Pomskies are smaller dogs and smaller breeds tend to require nail trimming a little more often than larger ones. If you don’t keep your dog’s nails short they could become ingrown.
Let your dog know that its alright and reinforce good behavior during this and ALL grooming steps. If you can also provide treats as a reward for the little bit of patience you will need from your pet. You want them to associate your grooming as a good experience.
It is a common practice to press into your dog’s paw a little so that they get familar with having their nails clipped. You’ll want to start small here. Slowly start trimming your dog’s nail while not going too close too fast. At first clip just one nail and reward with praise/treats before continuing. As your Pomsky gets more use to this you can increase the wait in between treats.
If you come across longer nails be sure to not cut them all the way down in one sitting. Cutting too close can be similar to when we remove hangnails. Painful experiences are pleasant ones. Remember you want your pet to not mind this experience. Avoid bad habits like getting too close as you don’t want to do any permanent damage to their paws.
Your dog is pretty good about letting you know when they don’t like something. If they began to growl or become uncooperative pause for a moment. Check and make sure that you aren’t getting too close or cutting too much of your dog’s nail.
Dog Nail Trimming Guide
- Your dog should not be hyped up before you start trimming their nails. Play with them for a bit or give them a nice walk before hand. This is a good idea before any of the dog grooming steps.
- Clear your dog’s paws of any dirt or other debris.
- You will want to hold your dog firm (but gently). Before you start clipping his nails place your forearm over the dog’s neck. You will want to restrict movement during your nail clipping session. Some dogs do better by laying them down to calm them during this step. If they are comfortable and cooperative laying down take this approach instead.
- Angle your clippers and make sure you use sharp ones. Stay ahead of the curve of your dog’s nail when clipping. Anything beyond that may be too close to your dog’s paw.
- Once you have clipped all of your dog’s nails go back over them with a file.
5. Cleaning Your Dog’s Eyes and Ears
When cleaning your dog’s eyes and ears its important to know that not all breeds will need routine trimming and cleaning. This is more about inspecting your dog’s coat in more sensitive areas. You want to keep these areas clean to avoid larger issues like infections.
Pomskies and other double coated dog breeds benefit greatly from regular trimming around the ears and eyes. You’ll need a trimmer and some scissors for this step.
- Check your dog’s ears for any debris.
- Use a cloth or cotton ball. Put olive oil or mineral oil on it and gently wipe the inside of their ears. Important: DON’T PUT ANYTHING INTO THEIR EAR CANAL!
- Take scissors and remove any extra hair.
- Your dog may have dried debris in the corners of their eyes. Wipe it away with a moist cotton ball. You will also use this method for any tear stains.
- Take your timmers or scissors to remove extra hair.
6. Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth
Avoid extra trips to the vet by brushing your dog’s teeth on a regular basis. Gum disease from tartar buildup is one of the main causes from not routinely brushing your dog’s teeth. It can also lead to periodontal disease and bacterial infections. Here are some steps in brushing your dog’s teeth.
Dog Teeth Brushing Guide
- Take your fingers and gently message your dog’s teeth. This will keep them calm.
- Take pet toothpaste (not people) and put some on your dog’s lips. This will get him use to how it taste.
- After your dog gets used to this you can begin brushing their teeth. Put the toothpaste directly on their teeth with a toothbrush.
Following these 6 grooming tips for pomsky owners will help you and your dog have a stress free grooming experience. Remember to not to get too close when clipping your canine’s nails and check for even cutting through the whole grooming process. Thanks for reading and check back with us for all your Pomsky breed questions.