How to Groom Your American Pit Bull Terrier

Grooming your American Pit Bull Terrier is fun and usually easy because of the breed's short coat. Read this article to learn how to thoroughly groom your APBT.


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    Gather your supplies. See Things You'll Need below.
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    Call your dog. Leash him and loosely tie the leash to a piece of furniture so you can have your hands free to groom him.
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    Brush your Pit Bull with the firm bristle brush. Brush gently, but firmly enough to get any dirt off. Go over the dog's back, the top of his neck, and the front of his legs; brush gently on more sensitive areas such as the bottom of his neck or back of his legs.
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    Clip your dog's nails.
    • Have the styptic powder/cornstarch and treats on hand, and grab the dog nail clippers. Ask your dog to sit and give him a treat when he does.
    • Take one of your dog's paws, holding the foot by the ankle in the palm of your hand.
    • Look for the quick. If your dog has light-colored nails, you'll be able to see a tiny red tube in the nail; that's the quick, which will bleed if you cut it. If your dog has dark-colored nails, you won't be able to see it and will just have to be more careful.
    • Carefully cut off the tip of your dog's nail. Be careful to avoid the quick! Repeat with the rest of the dog's nails.
    • If you accidentally cut the quick, firmly press the styptic powder/cornstarch to the cut to stop the bleeding. Keep your dog still and reassure him that it's all right.
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    Bathe your dog.
    • Take him to the tub or place where you intend on cleaning him. Have the dog soap, ear wash, hand towel, and towel on hand.
    • Lure or put your dog into the tub and gently rinse him with water. Don't blast the water into his face - gently pour it on his back, being careful not to overwhelm your dog. Give him a treat or two as you do this.
    • Wet the hand towel and gently wipe your dog's face, wiping off any discharge from the eyes and cleaning off dirt. Be very gentle, and don't pour water on your dog's face.
    • Squirt some dog soap onto your hands and rub it into your dog's coat. Lather it and avoid your dog's face. Rub your dog's back, tummy, legs, and (gently!) tail.
    • Clean your dog's ears. Apply ear wash and massage his ears for thirty seconds or so; then let him shake his head to clear it out.
    • Rinse your dog again, removing all the soap. Once he's completely clean, take him out of the tub. Back off - he'll probably shake!
    • Towel dry your dog. If it's cold, put a dog coat on him.
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    Take your American Pit Bull Terrier on a walk to show off how clean he is!


  • Give your dog lots of treats and praise while you groom him!

Things You'll Need

  • Collar and leash
  • Firm bristle brush
  • Dog nail clippers
  • Styptic powder or cornstarch
  • Dog treats
  • Mild soap specifically for dogs
  • Ear wash
  • Towel
  • Hand towel

Article Info

Categories: Dog Grooming