How To Groom A Pomeranian
Learning how to groom a Pomeranian is not as difficult as many may think, though Pomeranians, like some other long haired breeds, require regular grooming and extra care on the part of the owners in order to ensure the coat stays nice and free of mats. There are grooming options when you take your Pomeranian to a grooming salon, and knowing these can help ensure clear communication between owner and groomer.
To groom a Pomeranian you will need:
- gentle shampoo with conditioning (if unsure what is best, ask your veterinarian what they recommend)
- hairdryer (optional)
- wire brush
- comb with fine teeth
- small canine tooth brush
- canine enzyme toothpaste
- dog nail grinder (electric) or dog nail clippers (small)
For home grooming
- You will want to brush your Pomeranian's coat every day. Starting early, when the dog is a puppy, will help make grooming a Pomeranian easier throughout the course of his or her life, for both the dog and the owner. Be sure to brush in the direction of the fur growth, from chest to tail, and if you find any knots or mats in the fur, carefully comb through with a fine comb while putting pressure on the base of the fur to prevent pulling and hurting the dog. Brushing daily also helps prevent shedding during the hot summer months, if you choose to keep the dog's coat long.
- Having a nail grinder or electric nail file can help make trimming your dog's nails easier, and make grooming a Pomeranian easier and faster. Be certain to ask your vet or a groomer about how to use the tool properly as you can still file the nail too short irritating the quick. Pomeranian nails are usually quite tiny and will grow quite fast, so when grooming your Pomeranian take care to note the length of the nails as you may need to trim them more frequently.
- Pomeranians require their teeth be brushed daily as part of standard home-grooming. Pomeranian mouths are small and cramped and, as with coat brushing, the earlier you and the Pomeranian grows accustomed to grooming the easier it will be on both of you. Small tooth brushes and canine toothpaste can be purchased from your vet or local pet supply store. Just like with people, gum disease can develop and lead to health problems, so take the extra minute or two to do this every day. With a positive attitude and consistency, grooming your Pomeranian, including a quick brushing of his/her teeth, can become effortless.
To groom at a professional groomer you should research the types of haircuts and grooming Pomeranians are typically given. If you want to have your Pomeranian groomed, to include a haircut, this can be a cool relief for the dog in the hot summer months. Consult your groomer and/or conduct an internet search to see what other Pomeranian owners do for their Pomeranian's haircuts. Most groomers will have pictures to show for examples.