One of the best things about owning an American Pit Bull Terrier is the minimal amount of grooming it takes to keep their coats looking healthy, shiny and knot-free.
While the breed is typically short-haired, with the coat lying close to the body, regular grooming is still required to keep shedding at a minimum, and to promote shine and healthy growth in your bully’s mane.
First Steps First: Proper Nutrition:
No matter how well you take care of your dog’s coat, the hair requires nourishment which no amount of shampoos and brushing can provide. If your dog’s coat is dull regardless of anything you do, the problem may lie in the dog’s diet. Fatty acids, vitamin E, omega 3 and omega-6 help make your dog’s hair stronger, shinier and healthier. Cooked eggs with the shell as well as salmon are a great source of protein and fatty acids.
Step 2: Brush Daily:
To prevent your pit bull’s fur from matting or knotting, it is essential that they be brushed daily. Many pit bull owners make the mistake of believing that short haired dogs do not need to be brushed daily. But running a rubber curry brush through your pit bull’s coat at least once a day will allow the natural oils to be distributed evenly across the hair, making it look shinier. Brushing regularly is also a great way to get rid of loose hair and improve circulation.
Step 3: Wipe the Coat:
After you’re done brushing your dog’s coat, take a damp rag and wipe it along the direction the hair is growing to get rid of any remaining dust or debris.
Step 4: Ear drops and Brushing Teeth
Once every week, put enough ear cleaner into your dog’s ear canal to fill it. Massage the base of the ear for 10-20 seconds, allowing your dog to shake away the liquid and whatever dirt it has brought to the surface afterwards. Use a cotton ball to get rid of any remaining dirt or debris.
Avoid using human toothpastes on dogs. Dog toothpastes do not need to be rinsed, and come in meaty flavors, making it easier for you to clean your dog’s teeth clean. Once every week, pull back your pit bull’s lips to expose its teeth and use a circular motion to remove any buildup along the gums.
Step 5: Bathing Your Pit Bull:
Because of their shorter fur, you can get away with giving your pit bull infrequent baths. It is actually recommended to not bathe them too often, as this could make them lose the natural oils their hair produces, making it look dull. No more than once every six weeks, lather your dog up in dog shampoo, rinse and thoroughly dry to prevent your pittie from getting cold.
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