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Gun Dog Breeders: Grooming Tips for English Pointers

By    |   Tuesday, 26 Jan 2016 03:43 PM

With their short, smooth, dense, and shiny coats, English pointers need minimal grooming, gun dog breeders say. You won't have to be combing brambles out of their fur, or clipping it, and they rarely need baths.

Pointers shed lightly, but Petwave.com said that once a week should be enough brushing to keep loose hair under control. You can then give your dog a rub with a chamois or towel to give his coat sheen. (Don't use the same one you use on your car, though; it may have traces of chemicals.)

As with all dogs, if your Pointer has been running in the fields or woods, you'll want to look over his feet for debris or damage, and check carefully everywhere for ticks. Do this for your sake, as well as your dog's, lest a tick drops off the dog and bites you.

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On a regular basis, trim the dog's strong fast-growing nails, and brush its teeth with canine toothpaste and a brush designed for dogs. This will also give you a chance to check for any oral problems.

Pointers have soft, floppy ears, so it's especially important to check them regularly — daily during hunting season — for debris, damage and possible infection and keep them clean.

If your dog is scratching at his ears, shaking his head, seems as if he's in pain when you touch them, or his ears smell bad, call your vet right away. In that case, leave cleaning his ears to the vets, so they can see what the trouble is.

While good training can get your dog to put up with ear cleaning and other grooming stoically, few dogs enjoy the process, and wriggly, energetic dogs like pointers are difficult to keep still.

Sara Lippincott, manager of Shelter Outreach for Petfinder advises making sure all your grooming supplies and tools are handy before calling in your dog. Do your grooming in a small, closed room, such as a bathroom, so the dog can't get away easily. A second person to help is a good idea. And give your dog a treat and praise at each stage for cooperating.

To clean the ears, wet a cotton ball with canine ear cleaner, and work from outside inwards. First, wipe down the inside surface of the Pointer's ear flap. Next, use a second cotton ball to clean inside the air, but don't go any farther than where you feel resistance. Pushing too far can cause damage. For the same reason, don't use cotton swabs.

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Although you may not need to bathe your pointer more than a few times a year, sooner or later, he'll be out on a muddy day or go rolling in something icky, and there won't be any help for it. Since it's not a commonplace occurrence in his life, it's likely your dog isn't going to be too happy about it, either.

Put on clothes that can get wet and dirty, and set out supplies and large, absorbent towels. Put a non-skid mat down in the tub. Make sure the water isn’t too hot or too cold. Begin shampooing at your dog’s shoulders and then out and down. Rinse thoroughly. Towel dry
well, wipe down with a chamois, and give your dog some more praise and treats.

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With their short, smooth, dense, and shiny coats, English pointers need minimal grooming, gun dog breeders say. You won't have to be combing brambles out of their fur, or clipping it, and they rarely need baths.
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