Boxers are a relatively easy breed of dog to groom. However, they have more needs than your basic brushing, bathing, and petting. Grooming should address all aspects of a dog’s body. To help you get started, we’ve made a list of five boxer grooming tips to help your dog look and feel their best.
Keeping Your Boxer Well-Groomed
Following these tips is a great way to keep your boxer happy, healthy, and looking great. Grooming involves more than bathing, brushing, and getting rid of shed hair. You should be paying attention to their eyes, ears, nails, and teeth, too. Here are our five tips for successful boxer grooming.
1. Bathe Them Every Three Weeks
Boxers do not usually need frequent baths. Bathing them more often than once every three weeks may lead to dry skin and itching. There are exceptions, like if your boxer has recently had a run-in with a mud puddle.
2. Buy Well-Made Tools And Safe Shampoos
These boxer grooming tips rely on well-made tools and safe shampoos with natural ingredients. Look for shampoos and conditioners with a neutral pH. Natural ingredients like aloe or oatmeal will help promote skin health and wellness. Scents like almond and vanilla tend to stick around better on boxers than on other breeds.
3. Trim Nails Every 5-6 Weeks
Neglecting your boxer’s nails may lead to ingrown toenails, which tend to be very painful. Be careful when trimming or grinding to avoid the quick, or the vein in your dog’s toenails. If you accidentally cut the quick, use flour or a commercially available quick powder to stop the bleeding.
4. Brush Your Dog’s Teeth
Dental hygiene is an important part of a boxer’s grooming routine. Make sure to brush their teeth, either with a finger or a specially-made toothbrush, at least three times a week. Do not use human toothpaste. Pet stores sell specially-formulated toothpaste in tasty flavors for dogs.
5. Check Their Ears And Eyes
Keeping a boxer’s eyes free of discharge should be a daily task. Since they tend to build up excess eye discharge, use a cotton swab or q-tip to regularly clean around their eyes and in their wrinkles. Check their ears for excess wax buildup and signs of infection. You should have a special ear-cleaning solution and cotton swabs or balls on hand.
Anna has a passion for keeping pets healthy and happy. She grew up with a Great Pyrenees as a family dog. Currently and currently has an orange tabby. She worked at a dog grooming and bathing salon where she learnt more about canine behavior and bathing. She lives in Wisconsin, in the United States. When she is not writing, she helps her partner run their small business, knitting, and enjoying local parks.