Pit bulls need very little grooming compared to other dog breeds with long fur, but they still require a bit of grooming every now and again to stay healthy and clean.
Grooming your pit bull at home on your own will save you some money and the best part is that it’s very easy to do and you don’t need any special kind of training or experience to do it. You don’t need any special equipment for it; just the essentials.
Not everyone has the time to groom their dogs so this isn’t the right option for everyone, but if you have some extra time then this is a great way to bond with your pit bull while saving yourself some extra money.
Things You Need To Groom a Pit Bull
Like previously said, you don’t need much, just some of the basics. You can get most of these at your local dog store or other the dog grooming supplies online.
Shampoo/Soap – It’s important that you only use pet safe shampoo on your pit bull. Human shampoo is filled with chemicals which are not really an issue for us, but can really ruin the coat and the skin of your pit bull.
Brush – Go with a brush with soft or even rubber bristles. The long/metal bristles brushes aren’t meant for dogs with short hair.
Nail Clippers – You can either get dog nail clippers or a regular nail file for this. Human clippers won’t work and can break the nail or split it which can be painful so get some dog nail clippers for your pit bull at your local pet store.
Ear Wipes – It’s important that you get actual ear wipes to clean your pit bulls ears and not Q-tips. Q-tips aren’t made for dogs ears and can be quite dangerous especially if your dog won’t sit still when you try to clean his ears.
Tooth Brush/Tooth Paste – Dental hygiene is as important for dogs as it is for humans. They can get cavities just like we can and a visit to a dog dentist can really put a dent in your wallet. Buy some dog specific toothpaste and tooth paste and try to clean your dog’s teeth at least every other week.
Great Tips To Keep Your Pit Bull Clean And Healthy
Now that you have everything you need, you should be all set and ready to groom your pit bull at home without spending any money at the dog grooming saloon.
Here are some great pit bull grooming tips:
Brush Your Pit Bull Every Week
Getting rid of dog hair from your clothes and furniture can be a hassle, even with short hair dogs.
If you brush your pit bull once a week, you’ll be getting rid of all the loose hair that’s trapped in his coat and will significantly reduce the amount of hair you find on your carpet. You should also brush your dog outside if possible. The less hair falls indoors, the better.
Only Give Your Pit Bull A Bath Once Every 4-6 Months
Pit bulls don’t need daily baths like we humans do. The special oils in their skin and fur help them stay clean for a long time and leave their coat shiny.
Excessive washing with shampoo will wash those oils off and leave the coat dry and dull. Keep the bathing to a minimum, unless your dog gets into something really messy and leave you no choice but to bathe him.
Don’t Let Nails Grow Out Too Much
Did you know that one of the most common reasons people take their dogs to the vet, besides the routine shots and checkups, are broken nails?
Nails that are left to grow out too long are bound to get caught in something and either get torn out or broken. A broken nail can be extremely painful for your pit bull and can take a while to heal.
Be sure to keep your pit bulls nice and short to reduce the chances of any broken or torn nail problems.