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Grooming Your Dog

One of the most important, yet overlooked, aspects of routine care for pet dogs is grooming. Every dog requires some sort of grooming on a regular basis, though the effort required for each individual varies from breed to breed. Learning to maintain your dog's healthy appearance is an important step in ensuring that it lives a happy, comfortable life with you.

Ideally, you should introduce your puppy to grooming as early as possible. Since most puppies do not require extensive brushing or trimming, this is more of a conditioning exercise than actual grooming. Designate one place in your home that will always be used when it is time to groom your dog. Many people prefer to place the dog on a table or bench to make the work easier. If you do this, make sure the surface is not slick. The dog should have good footing or else it may become nervous and very difficult to handle.

To begin, choose a designated grooming place that is quiet and free from traffic, at a time when you are unlikely to be disturbed. Place the puppy on the floor or on a table or a bench and gently stroke it, offering continuous quiet praise as it remains still and calm. You want the puppy to become comfortable with physical contact and examination while it is in its grooming place.

Start with short conditioning sessions, and gradually take more time as your puppy grows accustomed to the routine. Pay special attention to the ears, mouth and paws, as these are the areas where many dogs resent being touched. Open the puppy's mouth, touch its teeth, look as far as possible into its ears, and pick up each paw, touching each nail and pad.

Do not use physical punishment when developing your grooming routine, as this can lead to a dog that fears being groomed.

Introduce actual brushing as soon as the puppy learns to remain calm while it in its grooming place. Start by gently brushing the hair on your pups back. Once again, talk to it in a soothing voice and offer praise when it remains still and accepts the brushing. When the puppy adjusts to the feel of the brush on its back, start moving toward the neck and gradually to the top of the head. The dog should be encouraged to stand still while you brush each leg and to lie calmly as you brush its chest and belly.

Never allow the puppy to bite or chew on your grooming tools. This could cause the puppy to view the tools as toys and think of grooming as playtime. Likewise, NEVER use a brush or any other grooming device as a means for punishment. This can cause a dog to resent and resist its required grooming.

A proper introduction to grooming at an early age will help your dog understand and enjoy being groomed. A regular grooming schedule will keep your dog looking and feeling great. Grooming is actually very relaxing once the puppy becomes accustomed to it, and you will build a stronger relationship with your dog in the process.

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She lives in a shack in Saket in southern Delhi and earns about Rs 200 (around 3.25 USD) a day, almost all of which she spends on the neighbourhood dogs. This is the story of Pratima Devi, a 65-year-old ragpicker who takes care of almost 400 dogs every day.

A saviour for stray dogs

After moving to Delhi about 30 years ago, Pratima initially started working as a cook for a few households in the city. After a few years, she started a cigarette shop at the PVR Anupam Complex in Saket, when she started to look after the dogs in the neighbourhood. When her shop was broken down by the police and Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), she started working as a scavenger, collecting waste from nearby shops and offices and selling it, after segregation, for a meagre amount of money.

The number of dogs that she started caring for grew in no time, and one day she found herself feeding and caring for almost 400 dogs on a daily basis.

Married at a young age, Pratima ran away from Nandigram, her village in West Bengal, to make a life for herself in New Delhi. Coming from a dysfunctional home and having suffered marital abuse, Pratima finds the company of dogs much more endearing and comforting than the company of fellow human beings. Taking care of our furry friends isn’t new to her — even back in her village, she had a few stray dogs that she would feed and take care of regularly. All these dogs have become her family.

Pratima takes care of the dogs’ every need. She feeds them twice a day, gives them milk in the evening. and takes care of all their medical expenditure including vaccinations and treatments. Pratima takes the dogs to Friendicoes, an animal welfare organisation, during emergencies. Pratima has been receiving undying support from this institution. She visits them quite often in case of accidents, illness, or health-related issues of the dogs. Friendicoes even helps Pratima get the dogs neutered and vaccinated.

An inspiration for many

The story of Amma, the stray dog saviour, has reached far and wide. A lot of dog lovers visit her and offer her help. Amma allows the people who visit her to adopt puppies, and in this manner, several disabled canines have also found good homes.

Inspired by Pratima’s noble and selfless deeds, Sudeshna Guha Roy, an independent filmmaker, decided to make a documentary on her. Sudeshna, talking about how she met Pratima, says, “My team and I had enrolled for a social film-making competition and we were looking for subjects for the film when my mother told me about Pratima Devi.

Inspired by her work and moved by the desire to help Amma and her children, Sudeshna has been running a crowdfunding campaign to help Pratima improve her condition. “Pratima has been working hard day and night, with every penny going in to take care of these stray dogs. She receives a new puppy almost every week. The number of her 'children' is ever increasing, so is her expenditure,” says Sudeshna.

Pratima doesn’t have the money to buy her own medicines or fix her broken-down roof, and yet she does everything possible to take care of these dogs with all she can, while she can.

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