Keeping one's dog looking sharp between trips to the groomer is what the Sunday seminar of the Keystone Canine Training Club is all about.
Titled "How to Maintain Your Dog Between Grooms," it will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the KCTC, 5167 Brownsville Road, Baldwin Borough.
The program is for a maximum of 10 dogs, with one dog per owner.
Proceeds will go toward the overhead and operations of the club.
This will be the third year for the annual seminar, which is designed to assist dog owners in keeping man's best friend looking good year-round.
Owners will learn: how to comb, rake and/or brush a specific breed; how to clean a dog's ears, eyes, and teeth properly; how to cut/grind a dog's nails; and other general maintenance secrets to use between grooms.
The instructor will be DeAnne D. Orive, certified International Professional Groomer master groomer and owner of Grand Slam Grooming Inc. in Scott.
"Owners need to comb their dog in between grooms, and usually not brush, depending on the breed," the Mt. Lebanon woman said.
The dogs that can be combed include poodle, llaso and yorkie. The ones that should not be combed include Boston terrier, boxer and labrador retriever.
For cleaning teeth, she recommends brushing with a dog toothbrush, using an oral cleanser and freshener, or putting a pro dental fluid for dogs in their drinking water.
Established in 1990, the nonprofit, all-volunteer KCTC has about 110 members in the Pittsburgh area.
President Dan Goldberg of Bethel Park said the KCTC offers the opportunity for dog training and a wide variety of training programs, from more advanced obedience to agility courses.
"The main goal is to provide training to have well-mannered pets that we are comfortable with at home, or in taking for a walk, or having around other people and dogs," he said.
The cost is $25 for KCTC members, $30 for nonmembers and $20 for KCTC instructors. Advanced registration is required at: www.keystonecanine.com.
Participants should bring grooming equipment and a pad and pencil for taking notes.
Margaret Smykla, freelance writer: email@example.com.