Grooming a Bolognese Dog

by Amy Hunter, Demand Media
    Regular care will keep your Bolognese looking his best.

    Regular care will keep your Bolognese looking his best.

    Regular grooming of your Bolognese dog is very important because of the nature of his coat. Bolognese dogs have a lot of hair, and they don't shed. Regular grooming is necessary not only to prevent tangles but to remove dead hair as well.

    Items you will need

    • Commercial ear cleaner
    • Cotton balls
    • Wide-tooth comb
    • Pin brush

    Step 1

    Start by washing around the eyes and mouth with a damp cotton ball. This will prevent tear stains from developing and remove any food residue from around your pet's mouth before it has a chance to cause mats.

    Step 2

    Clean the ears. Dampen the ear canal with commercial ear cleaner and massage the outer ear for a few seconds to soften any debris. Use a cotton ball to wipe out the cleaner and debris, then finish up by drying out the ear with a clean cotton ball.

    Step 3

    Use a wide-tooth comb to comb the hair on your pup's face, being particularly gentle around the eyes and mouth. Pay special attention to the area under the ears, where mats often develop.

    Step 4

    Lay your pup on his back, so you can groom his belly and legs. Use the wide-tooth comb first, then the pin brush to smooth the hair down. Pay attention to the areas where the leg joins the body, as it is prone to developing tangles.

    Step 5

    Stand your dog up and brush the hair on his back. Again, use the wide-tooth comb first, followed by the pin brush.

    Tips

    • Get into the habit of brushing your dog daily and it won't take longer than 15 minutes.
    • Divide hair into small sections while grooming.

    About the Author

    Amy Hunter has been a writer since 1998. She writes about health and lifestyle issues and enjoys writing about hiking, camping, trail running and other outdoor activities. Her work has appeared in "Sacramento Parent," ASPCA's "Animal Watch" and other print and online publications. She is the author of "The History of Mexico" and "Tony Gonzalez: Superstar of Pro Football," aimed at young-adult readers.

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