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Grooming spray can be purchased or made from many different products.Most people experiment with several different ones before deciding on what to use.Distilled or rainwater is also very effective.With my show dogs I am currently using several products:Avacado Mist by Eqyss, Mink oil, Cowboy Magic detangler & shine, and Show Sheen.All these have their place but you must be careful not to let any product build up in the coat.Bathing is necessary and can be done once or twice a month.It is important to teach your Pekingese to lie comfortably on its side, as this is the only way it can be adequately groomed.

Make sure you have all the necessary tools before beginning. lay the dog down in order to work on the right sideThis also gives you access to the legs and stomach areas, which I do first.Spray lightly and dust with the powder. This helps clean the coat and the brush will go through easier.Take hold of the front leg with all thehair pulled up towards the toes.Use your preferred brush and gently brush the hair out from under your hand toward the belly.Next do the belly by brushing all hair forward.The inside of the hind leg can then be groomed.Be sure to brush all the way down to the skin.Normal matting can usually be broken loose with your fingers or a slicker brush.For extreme mats use the rake or matbreaker. Sprayingthe belly and legs with Show Sheen will help to keep this area clean.The pants, or rear fringing should be done next.Start by pulling all the hair upwards with your free hand, and then brush the hair downward towards the table a section at a time.

Now you need to do the ears.Don’t forget to spray and powder.Lay the fringes over the body coat first and brush the underside.Fold it back forward and brush the topside.Behind the ear is a great place for mats to hide, so pull the ear fringeforward and again brush backwards by layering the hair.As tangles are discovered work them out with the rake, then the slicker, then your brush.After the ear is done you can pull the front bib hair up and brush it down towards the table to make sure there are no mats hiding there. Now, bring the entire side body coat back towards the rear of the dog and be ready to start grooming it all forward again.Hold your free hand on top of the coat and line brush by pulling small amounts of the coat out from under your hand.Continue until you are all the way back to the pants.

I turn the dog over by taking hold of the front legs and rolling it over on its back.That way it cannot get a foot on the table and make its own decisions!Do this side exactly the same as you did the first side.Practice makes perfect!

With the dog back on his feet and facing away from you (I teach them to lie down flat at this point) you are ready to do the topside.Stroke all hair back from front to tail after spraying and using a little powder.Lay your free hand on top of the coat and again layer the coat by letting the brush pull a little at a time out from under your hand.Go all the way to the tail and maybe just a little ways up the tail.Next spray and brush the tail down towards the table.When the underside is free of tangles, place the tail up over the back and do the topside.At this point, gather up the skirts with one hand and brush it down one layer at a time.Make sure you brush carefully around the anus and remove any dirt and mats.

Turn the dog so that it is now facing you on the table and go through the ears again to make sure you have all mats removed.Then, with your free hand pull up the front bib and line brush it all the way down.To finish the coat, the mane should be brushed up and out on the sides with ear fringes forward.The hair on the top of the head and the topcoat should be brushed relatively flat, hair on the hips and tail brushed down, and the tail hair brushed up and fanned out over the back.Daily brushing is not a must unless the dog is being shown but all Pekingese need at least a weekly grooming.Trimming is only done on the pads of the feet.The hair should be cut off so the pads can touch the floor.Toe fringing should be left on but never so long as to impede the movement of the dog.If you have a companion pet, don’t be afraid to do a little trimming in order to keep the coat cleaner.It is only for show that no trimming is done.

With the coat finished, it is time to clean the face, eyes and ears.Take a damp cloth and wipe the face to remove all powder, excess moisture around the eyes, and any dirt that has accumulated under the eyes and around the wrinkle.Dry this area with a Kleenex and check for any redness or sign of infection.Ask your Veterinarian for Panalog crème to use in the wrinkle as needed.It is non oily and will usually clear up any infection within a few days.If necessary, wipe the eyes out with a cotton ball or by rolling a Q-tip lightly just inside the eyelid.Brush the hair on the wrinkle downward and away from the eyes.

Toenails should be kept trimmed at least every two or three weeks depending on the type of surface the dog lives on.Rough cement will keep the nails worn down; carpeting and grass do not wear them at all.Ears should be checked every time you groom.Put a few drops of any good ear cleaner in the ear, rub it in and clean it out with a Q-tip.Thereshould be no discoloration on it.After cleaning, put a pinch of Boric Acid Powder in the ear and work it down into the ear by rubbing it with your fingers.This will help keep them clean and free of mites and fungus.

Be aware of your dog scratching, as this could be the first sign of something wrong.Check him for fleas and if you have a problem with them, talk to your veterinarian as they now have excellent treatments available that will keep him flea free.Never use flea collars as they can cause skin, liver, and other disorders in some dogs.They also wreck havoc with the dog’s coat!If free of fleas but still scratching, check for dry flaky scales on the skin.There are several good skin oil nutrients on the market that you can use to help support healthy skin.Also, have your veterinarian check for ear mites and if found, treat as directed.