Grooming Guide for Your Pomeranian

Pomeranians are tiny but active dogs with dark, almond-shaped eyes. They are well-loved for their cute looks but require meticulous grooming to maintain their appearance.

Grooming a Pomeranian is not very time-consuming due to their small size. They generally weigh 4-7 pounds and are only around 6 inches tall at the shoulder. Before you begin, make sure you have the right tools and are aware of the correct procedures to keep your pup neat and clean.  Here are some tips to help you care for this toy dog breed:

Caring for their Coat

Pomeranians have a luscious, double-layered coat that requires routine combing. Regular grooming will prevent issues such as tangles, excess oil, dirt buildup and matting.

As Pomeranians are agile pups, their fur gets tangled as they play around. Dead hair and debris can get stuck in their fur coat. If your pet is not groomed properly, its hair may also start getting tangled and cause discomfort to your dog.

Start by checking for knots and get rid of them. Remember that a Pomeranian’s skin is thick yet delicate. Use a mat breaker to break down smaller knots. In case you find larger ones, snip them carefully with a pair of scissors.

Never brush your Pomeranian’s fur when it is dry. Spray the fur coat with a leave-in conditioner before to prevent damage. The first step is to comb the hair with a medium to wide-tooth comb. Follow it up by using a pin brush for brushing its fur coat. Complete the process by using the comb once again.

A three-step procedure for hair brushing is effective for removing tangles, getting rid of burrs, and evenly distributing the skin’s natural oils throughout the hair. Repeat this daily or every alternate day for the best results. Combing needs to be done frequently, especially during seasonal shedding periods.

Cleaning Eyes and Ears

It is common for small particles to get stuck in your pet’s fine hairs on the face or near the eyes. Food debris  and other particles can cling to the fur coat and become a cause of irritation, especially around the eye area.

Tear staining is also a frequent problem, which can be seen in the form of brownish or reddish discoloration near the eyes. If left unclean, mucus can harden and trap bacteria, germs, and debris.

All you need is a clean flannel cloth to wipe the mucus off your fluffy friend’s face. Start by making sure that your pup is in the right position. Place him on your lap or on a counter top with his head facing yours. To keep your pet from moving around or escaping, keep your hand around the side of his head for control.

Moisten the flannel with lukewarm water and squeeze out the excess. If the mucus is hardened, hold the cloth against it for about 5 seconds before attempting to clean it off. Once you are done, gently pat the area with a clean corner of the flannel cloth.

You can clean a Pomeranian’s ears using a cotton swab dipped in non-alcoholic cleaner. Lift your pup’s ear to gently clean the underside with the cotton swab. Make sure you don’t insert Q-tips or cotton buds down the ear canal. If your dog suddenly jerks, the cotton bud could go deep inside its ear and cause damage.

Bath Time

Regular baths are a vital part of Pomeranian grooming. They help get rid of body oils that tend to obstruct air flow. They also help get rid of debris and make your pup’s fur smell fresh. Use moisturizing products while giving your dog a bath to improve its skin health.

Make it a habit to give your pet a shower every three weeks. In case your pooch gets exceptionally dirty at any point, give him an extra bath. Do not bathe your dog more often than the advisable number of times, as it can make his skin go dry and flaky.

Prep for bath time by brushing your Pomeranian’s coat to prevent tangles. Ensure that the water is lukewarm and not more than a few inches high. To avoid drying out the skin, use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. Click here to know which ingredients you must avoid when buying grooming products.

While giving your pet a bath, keep the water away from his ears. When you are done, gently dab him with a towel to dry off excess water. Don’t move the towel around quickly, as it can tangle the fur. Give the fur coat a brush after towel-drying it.

You can choose to let your pup air dry, or use a blow dryer for quicker drying. Use a paper towel or dry towel to thoroughly dry your pet’s ears. Moisture around the ears can cause yeasts, parasites, and bacteria.

Nail Clipping and Hair Trimming

To clip nails, lift your dog’s paw from behind in a way that the leg bends at the joint. Identify the quick and make sure there is a 4-5 millimeter nail left to protect it. If you are unable to spot the quick, use clippers to trim tiny nails in case the dog has long quicks.

You can easily find clippers that are especially made to trim dog nails. Make sure you have a styptic powder at hand to block bleeding in case you cut the nails too far. After you are done clipping nails, take a dog nail filer and file the nails.

A Pomeranian’s fur coat can be trimmed in different styles for varied looks. Before you begin, take your pup out for a walk to dissipate his energy. After he is done with exercise for the day, he will be more likely to sit still while you trim his hair.

To give your pooch a haircut, make sure you have good quality clippers and scissors. They will minimize hair pulling and snip away hair more evenly. First get your pup used to the sound of clippers by turning them on in front of him.

Read the instructions carefully before using clippers and select the right blades. Once your pup is accustomed to the sound, start by removing extra fur around the paws, hindquarters, eyes, and ears.

You can choose to give your pet a lion cut, teddy bear cut, or a show cut. Make sure you trim the hair on his feet, rear, back, sides, underline and chest to achieve the desired look.

It is important to be gentle and get your pup used to grooming. A tried and tested technique is to keep rewarding him with treats after every task so that he looks forward to his grooming sessions. If you are looking for grooming accessories for Pomeranian, explore our website for quality items.

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