Grooming Your Chiweenie – Tips from an Experienced Owner

The following is an excerpt from "The Complete Guide to Chiweenies" by Adriana Rodrigues. For more information visit the books Amazon Page.

Author Credit: Adriana Rodrigues

You’ve heard the horror stories before: bathing and grooming your Chiweenie to make sure he is clean every now and then (and not covered in mud or smelling like it) is an absolute nightmare.

Although you may be optimistic and think, “Not me, and not my Chiweenie!”, you are probably wrong. Chances are your Chiweenie probably doesn’t like water and most definitely does NOT like bath time.

To help you get through bath time (you and your Chiweenie, both), here are some guidelines to follow to help make this process as smooth as possible.

Tackling the Bath

Chiweenie bath time
Photo Courtesy – Raven Murray
  1. First and foremost, you should run a brush, hopefully outside, over your Chiweenie’s body so that any loose hair comes off, as well as matting comes untangled. You can run your fingers through his hair or use a comb. Make sure you get the belly, back, feet, and tail, as well. The water can make that matting worse, so this is extremely important.
  2. Make sure you are stocked up on doggie shampoo that is particularly made for your pooch. Do not use human shampoo—if you absolutely have to, you can use baby shampoo.
  3. You can choose where to bathe your Chiweenie. Especially because of his small nature, you have the option of using a sink or a simple plastic bin. If you have a towel or a bath mat, this will help prevent your pup from slipping around in there.
  4. You should try and use lukewarm water during the bath. Test it out before you let your furry friend in. He might not be so keen about taking a bath anyway, so the more pleasant you can make it, the better. You should try and have the water already warm and ready before you fight your Chiweenie into the room. That way, you can run water and test it before you have him waiting for his torture time.
  5. A few good tips to help make bath time as pleasant as possible is to speak calmly with your pup while bath time is going on, as well keeping a hand on him at all times to let him know he’s not alone.
  6. Instead of the sprayer, use a small cup to pour water on your Chiweenie and do your best to avoid the ears and the eyes.
  7. Massage the puppy shampoo into your dog’s coat from the neck to the rest of the body. Make sure you are getting all the spots, as well as the paws. However, it is important not to get water or soap into his ears and eyes. You can use a small towel to help wipe the dirt off there.
  8. Once done lathering with soap, rinse your Chiweenie with warm water and get all the soap out.
  9. Take your pup carefully out of the water (your dog will try and do the shaking thing, so be careful). Use a smaller towel to drape over your pup (a hand towel works just fine), and then dry your pup off from head to paws. You can also use a hair dryer on the lowest (not-so-hot) setting.
  10. Once your pup is dry, you should brush out your pup’s fur with a comb—just once will do (especially if it is a very short-haired dog).

Brushing and Grooming

While we’re already talking about brushing after a bath, I’m going to give you a little heads-up about how to groom and brush your Chiweenie.

Chiweenie bath tub
Photo Courtesy – Kelly McCollam

For grooming, your main responsibilities as a doggy-daddy or mommy will be to trim the nails, help him practice good oral hygiene, and bathe and brush on a regular basis.

How often should those things take place? Well, as your puppy grows, the amount of times he will need to be bathed will change.

When your pup is little, he can be bathed a little bit less often (he’ll have that new baby-puppy smell), but as he grows older—once a month will do.

How to Trim Nails on Your Own

Chiweenie door
Photo Courtesy – Christiane Giannini

As for trimming your Chiweenie’s nails, you can do that (or have someone else do it for you) at least once a month. This will cause all kinds of trouble in your home—from your dog hating you to scratches all up and down your arms from the struggle—so you probably will tend to shy away from this task (and your Chiweenie will be happy about that). However, trimming or filing nails is extremely important.

If you decide to do it on your own, here are some tips that can help:

  1. You should set up the torture area in a place where you can easily reach his nails. It might be on a couch, recliner, or even a table.
  2. Gently—and not like handcuffing them to a bed—hold your pup with your nondominant hand. This hand should be as comforting as possible.
  3. Using your dominant hand, face the blade towards you and slide your Chiweenie’s nail between it—make sure you are able to see where the “quick” is—it should get dark in color. Only trim the white area as trimming the quick area will make him bleed (and very upset). You can also avoid the quick by trimming it bit by bit—but that is just more time that you have your pup in this torture time.
  4. Make sure you are trimming all your Chiweenie’s nails! Don’t miss any. You should try and do this process as early as possible so he gets used to it. Don’t use human nail clippers—instead use a high-quality pair of doggy nail clippers.

At the end of the day, if you don’t want to trim your pup’s nails on your own, you can always resort to a professional groomer once a month.

Get Your Pooch to Practice Good Dental Hygiene

Good dental hygiene is also extremely important. You can help your pup practice good dental hygiene in a few different ways to help keep plaque and bad breath away.

Chiweenie lying down
Photo Courtesy – Liane Miksits

Whether you are using a puppy toothbrush or a toothbrush bone, you have to play around a bit to help find the right tool that can help clean his teeth.

Coconut oil can also be a great add-in with his food or rubbed on the teeth to help keep the food from sticking between the teeth.

With a canine toothbrush for toy breed dogs, make sure you are using dog toothpaste since human toothpaste can actually be quite toxic for dogs.

If you’re going to be doing this once a day (as you should be), set aside at most ten minutes a day for this routine. Although it only takes about three minutes, you don’t want to be rushed.

While brushing, make sure that you have thoroughly reached all the different exposed sides of your teeth—just as you would for your own. Once this is done, wipe your dog’s mouth with a damp, soft washcloth and make sure you praise your pup for being a good boy. A dental chew is also the perfect treat to finish the entire process.

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