If you have an American Pit Bull, you might be wondering the best way to go about grooming your dog. Let’s take a closer look at what supplies you’ll need for a grooming session, how to prepare your American Pit Bull for grooming, and what basic grooming steps you should take.
Dog Supplies You’ll Need
Before you can even think about grooming, you’ll need the proper supplies. Always be sure that any soaps or shampoos you use are designed to be used with dogs, as some chemicals found in normal household soaps and shampoos can be harmful to animals.The basic grooming supplies you’ll need are:
- A firm bristle brush (bristle brushes work very well with dogs that have short fur, such as American Pit Bulls)
- A pair of nail clippers
- A bottle of shampoo for dogs
- A bottle of ear cleaner for dogs
- Several towels
- Your dog’s favorite treats
- Styptic powder
- Cordless Dog Clipper (optional)
- A leash (optional, but recommended for certain dogs)
Preparing Your Dog
Some dogs enjoy grooming—and others do not. With an American Pit Bull, however, you want to make sure that your dog is as relaxed and controlled as possible for your grooming session.
First, you will want to calm your dog down as much as possible. This is achieved by speaking in gentle tones and taking slow, precise movements—which should be carried over into the actual grooming session. It may help to have your dog sit in the area where you will be grooming, give them several treats, and praise them before you begin.
You may also want to clip a long leash to your dog’s collar and tied them loosely to a piece of sturdy furniture in the room to make sure they can’t run away.
A Tutorial Video
If you have never groomed your dog before, I think it’s better to watch this grooming tutorial video before you start.
The first step in grooming your American Pit Bull is giving their entire coat a thorough brushing with your bristle brush. Be very gentle around your dog’s neck, stomach, and legs.
Next, clip your dog’s nails–be sure to only clip the tip of the nail and not the quick. If you do cut the quick, press styptic powder into the cut and keep it there until the bleeding steps.
Now, it’s time to bathe your dog. Be sure that you have all your supplies on hand before you begin and periodically give your dog a treat as the bathing continues.
You should gently rinse your dog’s body with clean water, avoiding the face, which should be cleaned using a damp washcloth.
Once your dog is thoroughly wet, it’s time to apply the shampoo to their body, taking care to avoid their face.
Before rinsing your dog, use your ear cleaner and gently rub their ears to ensure the cleaner gets down far enough; your dog should shake their head afterward, which will remove the cleaner.
Afterwards, you can rinse your dog with clean water to remove the soap. Once the water rinses clear, use a towel to completely dry your dog—and you’re finished!