After publishing The 4 Secrets to Keeping a Boxer Dog Healthy, we received some requests on getting a little more granular on what you should be doing to keep a boxer well groomed. Well, here you go!
Boxer dogs do not have a heavy coat or fur, which means that it is comparatively easy to groom them than heavy fur dog breeds. However, grooming is an essential part of every dog’s health including the boxer.
Keeping the Coat Clean
One of the most important grooming requirements of a boxer is its coat. Due to its short and tight coat, it is extremely easy and simple to keep it clean. To keep your boxer looking tidy, you will need to brush your boxer using a rubber curry brush, which will remove dead hair from the coat. Make sure that you move the brush gently in a circular motion. If there are dirt marks on your boxer’s skin, use a soft cloth to remove them. If the dirt marks don’t go away with the cloth, use dog wipes to clear its skin.
Bathing the Boxer
Taking your muscular boxer for a shower can be quite challenging. However, if you have properly trained your dog, then it will not be a big issue. Depending on how much time your boxer spends rolling around outside, your boxer may need shower as much as once every month. You need to make sure that the water is not too cold or too hot for your dog. To clean your dog’s coat, you will need to buy a dog shampoo. Do NOT use shampoo for humans! After wetting your dog’s coat, gently apply shampoo on its coat, and make lather. Do not pour the shampoo on your dog’s face. Once the whole coat is covered, rinse off the lather using warm water. After the dog is properly rinsed, take a soft towel to dry it.
Trimming the Nails
Boxers’ nails can grow at a tremendously fast pace. Therefore, you need to make sure you keep up with the growth by trimming the nails regularly. If you can afford it, most pet supply stores or a grooming shop can do it for you for a reasonable price. If you choose to do it yourself, you will need to have a rotary sander tool or guillotine-type nail clipper at home. However, you need to make sure that you do not over-clip the nails as it can cut the quick and cause bleeding. To be on a safer side, keep a first aid supply handy while trimming your dog’s nails (hmmm…. dog first aid kit may make a good future post).
Cleaning the Ears
Your boxer can get wax and dirt in its ears, which can cause an irritating odor and hygiene problems in your dog. Therefore, it is extremely important to gently clean your boxer’s ears using a soft cotton ball or q-tip after it has taken a shower. Be gentle and take your time as this is a very sensitive area and awkward feeling for your buddy as you’re cleaning their ears.
Your boxer can develop tarter in its gums and teeth, which can cause its breath to stink and its teeth to get weaker. It is best to use a dog toothpaste or baking soda to remove tartar from your dog’s mouth. You can also control tarter build-up by giving rubber chew toys to your dog or by feeding it the proper oral care biscuits.
To be able to groom your boxer safely, you will need to train it to stay calm and relaxed while you give it a shower, trim the nails, clean the ears, and use a toothbrush. You can always contact your vet if your boxer is giving you a hard time.