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COAT The Boston has a short sleek coat that sheds minimally throughout the year, but you'll still want to brush them regularly. Brushing a short coat helps remove and loosen the dander and bits of debris that can be stuck just under their fur, and it also brings their natural oils through the coat. These oils make them softer, and their coat shine with a healthy glow plus brushing allows you to look for any injuries or potential issues. You'll always want to brush them in a front to back and top to bottom pattern and be mindful of bony areas along their legs. You can use a few different types of brushes, depending on what your Boston likes best. Since their coats are thin, some Boston's may prefer a soft bristle brush or even a cloth, while others might prefer the scratch of a stiff brush or tool like the SleekEZ. Go with whatever your Boston chooses. Grooming should be an enjoyable bonding ritual for both of you, not a chore. Of course, you'll need to bathe them now and then as well, just like any dog. Make sure you use a shampoo and conditioner formulated for the pH balance dogs need since it's different than what we humans need. Like you do when brushing, wash and rinse in a front to back and top to bottom pattern, and using a wet rag on their face. And be careful not to get water in their ears.  OTHER GROOMING NEEDS Depending on the activity level of your Boston, you may not have to trim their nails often, but it's regularly needed for all but the most active Boston's. Do both of you a favor and get them used to the vibration of a nail grinding tool early on in their life, though.  When grooming your Boston, you'll want to pay extra attention to their ears and joules. Check their ears for any irritations or dirt but don't use q-tips or anything hard to clean them. You can use a special ear cleaning solution but make sure to go back with a dry cotton ball or rag to make sure no moisture is left behind that could cause an issue.  Check their joules and under their chin for any bumps or irritations and give their face a gentle rub with a damp towel. They aren't droolers, but they snort and often sneeze, which can dry on their nose and joules causing irritations. They can be prone to small pimple-like bumps if they are sloppy eaters or drinkers, so wiping their face down each day can help with this. Other than a few essential tools, and maybe a couple of coats for the colder months, you won't need to invest in many products to keep your Boston looking their best all year long. TOOLS You'll want to keep your Boston's preferred brush on hand for weekly grooming sessions, so find out what they choose to make it a routine they look forward to.  Investing in a quality nail grinder, like the cordless pet nail trimmer from Dremel, is a must and something you have to get them used to in a positive way as early as possible. Many Boston owners find it useful to have an absorbent towel handy during the wetter and colder months to dry their paws when coming back inside and a box of baby wipes for those muddy days. WRAP UP You'll find the Boston to be a very low grooming maintenance breed that only requires a bit of time and money to keep groomed and clean. They are easily trained to stand still and, of course, love the attention they get while being groomed. A well-groomed Boston will always be a showstopper with their tuxedo markings that make them look like they are ready for any red carpet event.

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