A Grooming Poem


I just don’t like it when I’m kept out,
It’s not my fault I’m covered in grime,
I have to get dry before I get brushed
And sadly it takes such a long, long time.
It is such fun when in water I romp,
I’m a Poodle – it’s in my blood!
Please hurry, I want to sit on my master’s lap,
So I need to get rid of this mud!

by Rena Robinson  

Why do we groom our dogs?

Our dogs are all different and so are we. Most of us want to groom our dogs for some, or all, of the following reasons.

  • We like them to look and feel clean
  • We don’t want them to smell
  • Grooming our dog gives us pleasure and relaxes us and them
  • It helps get rid of parasites
  • They look nice when they are well groomed
  • They are a breed that needs to be groomed a certain way to look “right”
  • If they have long hair clipping them off short keeps them cool {WARNING This is not always true}.
  • Grooming them regularly makes them easier to wash and look after.
  • It helps to keep their skin healthy
  • It’s a way to show we care about them, and to bond with our dog

And there are extra pluses if you groom your dog yourself.

Treats – Special Occasions

Louise’s Wheat-free Biscuits

This recipe from my friend Louise requires a unique Australian product, Vegemite, no idea if Marmite will work as well or if there is a US substitute, but you can use another savoury spread. Or try using dried bacon bits {no need to dissolve them in water}.

The recipe for the bickies for which her dog Harry would sell his soul is as follows: They are not a liver treat and the oat content means they are not gluten-free.


500g Buckwheat flour

1/2 cup rolled oats

1 egg

1tsp yeast extract(Vegemite) dissolved in 1/4cup hot water 

Mix all ingredients swth sufficient water -approx 2 cups- to make a firm but slightly sticky dough Spread dough in thin layer on cookie sheets or spread in spoonfuls on cookie sheets. Bake at 150c till firm and dry on top surface. Turn cookies and continue to dry in a slow oven until crisp through.  Probably best stored refrigerated. Cheers, Louise

10 grooming tasks

Grooming includes everything we do externally that helps to make our dogs look and feel good.

There are about 10 things that can be part of grooming your dog. You DON’T do all these things every time you groom your dog, several are only done once a month, or less, and some of these things are easy to learn and some aren’t.

We can teach you online to do all the tasks that you need help to learn, except clipping.

You can keep your dog clean and healthy and looking really good without knowing how to do them all. And remember that none of us start out knowing everything! We learn as we go along.


1.   Brushing

2.   Combing

3.   Bathing

4.   Drying

Less Often

5.   Clipping nails

6.   Cleaning and plucking ears

7.   Regular flea prevention

8.   Clipping your dogs coat

9.   Cleaning teeth when required

10. Cleaning anal glands when required

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