Nobody likes a dirty dog. It looks bad and smells bad, and worst of all, it probably has some form of illness that may cause you unnecessary stress. As such, it is imperative that grooming be your top priority when it comes to taking care of your canine friend.
If your dog is a Bull Terrier, you're in luck. Bull Terriers are easier to groom than most dogs, but you have to know the basics, and maybe some tricks on how to effectively groom this fun-loving and mischievous pet. Although your Bull Terrier may not take to grooming at first, it will learn to get used to it when it becomes a part of its routine.
Bull Terriers are thick-set and muscular dogs with short, dense coats, which are usually white. The shortness of its coat means that it is easy to maintain, and proper grooming can keep it near to perfect condition. Occasional brushing will suffice, and a little extra grooming may be required when it sheds, usually twice a year. This will not be a problem as the Bull Terrier is only an average and not an excessive shedder. During this period, rubdowns using a special rubber glove can help to remove any loose hair. Start at the head and work your way down to the tail, checking for any signs of parasites, unusual skin growths, or mats of hair along the way. Aside from these, it is also helpful to note that adding oils to meals can also improve the quality of your Bull Terrier's coat.
Bull Terriers have a tendency to develop skin allergies. This can be prevented by keeping your dog free from contact with insects. But as dogs will be dogs, your Bull Terrier will inevitably be outdoors, in places where they can get bites from insects such as fleas, mosquitoes, and mites, which will lead to hives, rashes, and itching. To avoid these, try to keep the areas where your Bull Terrier plays clean, and make sure you check its eyes, ears, nose, and mouth everyday for signs of infection. Giving your Bull Terrier regular baths will definitely help prevent skin allergies. If all else fails, try to stop your dog from scratching and visit the vet for treatment.
It also helps to keep your Bull Terrier fit through exercise. Bull Terriers require a fair amount of exercise, but overworking your dog at a young age may cause strained muscles. Older dogs require exercise, but to a lesser extent than the younger ones which can happily engage in play for hours on end. As Bull Terriers can be extremely greedy, make sure you maintain a healthy balance of exercise and food, or your dog may become overweight.
With the above tips, your Bull Terrier will be healthier and more pleasing to the eye. On top of it all, grooming is also quality time with your dog, which helps develop bonding between owner and pet, improving your overall relationship.