Great Pyrenees and other large dog breeds from the Bernard family have become increasingly popular due to their large size and luxurious coats.
However, these breeds require a diligent grooming routine; if neglected, the white fur of the Pyrenees can soon look disheveled, almost like an overgrown Komondor.
Finding the right grooming supplies for large breeds can be a challenge, but with some creativity, grooming can be easy. By being resourceful, one can find suitable nail clippers, brushes, and dental supplies that work well for their size.
Large dog breeds nail clippingBefore beginning the process of cutting your Pyrenees dog's claws as part of your grooming routine, it is important to make a trip to the hardware store. Make sure to bring a large metal rasp and some bolt cutters with you.
The "Great Pyrenees" have a grand total of six massive and curly toenails on each leg. These are so large that compared to them, a Velociraptor claw looks like a tiny drop of Chihuahua glanders. It is important not to leave their dewclaws unattended for more than a few weeks, as neglect could cause them to grow large enough to be used as a spiral staircase.
Large dog dental care
If you own a Bernard breed of dog, don't forget the importance of good oral hygiene. Fortunately, these breeds have large mouths that make dental care easy. To make brushing and cleaning even easier, use clothespins to hold their lips up on either side of their face and attach one lip to the opposite ear. With this simple technique, you'll have ample access to their mouths and be able to give them the care they need.
Insert a vacuum tube under your dog's tongue after their teeth have been exposed, using the same technique as the "spittoon" method employed in dental offices. A vacuum cleaner with a capacity of 15 gallons should be sufficient.
To finish your dog's grooming, use a flashlight, pliers and a WD-40 bottle to clean between the pads on their feet. Remove any stones, dried mud, or other debris that does not belong. When you're done, wake them up by saying the word 'cookie' - you'll have every Great Pyrenees in a 6-mile radius in your kitchen before you even get to the 'coo'!
With a bit of effort and a few visits to Home Depot, your Great Pyrenees, Saint-Bernard, Newfoundland, or other large breed of dog can look amazing. When you add to this their sharp intellect and charming character, your canine companion will be the envy of the whole neighbourhood.