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10 at-home pet grooming tips

Updated: Jul 24, 2020

Top 10 Grooming Tips

Do you have a dog? How often do you groom your pets? What do you think is the best way to get a dog in a bathtub? Whether you have a small dog or a big dog you should take care of their hair. Taking your dog to a groomer can be very stressful for your dog since the dog doesn’t know that groomer and could easily get nervous around him/her. But, if needed, if you don’t have the experience or time to do it take your doggie to the best groomer in your city and make sure that the dog is exercised before it so that he or she would relax.

Let’s talk about what can you do so that grooming your dog goes smoothly.

  1. Walk

Before you start with grooming you should take a walk with your dog, run/jog, do any physical stimulation so that dog gets tired and relaxes during grooming. Make sure that you don’t exhaust your dog, so the perfect time frame for a walk would be around 25-30 minutes, run/job around 15 minutes. If your dog gets tired before the end of it make sure you stop as many times as the dog needs it. Also, don’t walk/run with your dog when it’s very hot during the day because of their paws and they can get a stroke if they get too tired.

  1. Brush your dog

It’s very important to brush your dog even though your dog has short hair. You don’t need to brush their hair very often, but only if needed. Some breeds such as golden retrievers have longer hair, so they might need it a bit more often than doberman. Sometimes it’s hard to get dogs used to brush, so make sure you choose the right one that doesn’t hurt them and train them to be calm when brushing. You can use a brush before the bath and once during. A lot of hair falls off when the hair is wet, so make sure not to press the brush too hard.

  1. Choose the right shampoo

Nowadays you can find so many different shampoos in pet stores. You can buy the ones that are specifically for specific breed, then if you want your dog hair to be shinier or if your dog has some skin problems. Make sure that the quality of shampoo is good and doesn’t dry your dog’s hair or affects them in any way. We always reccomend an organic shampoo to protect their skin from chemicals. If you notice skin problems after bathing them, make sure to contact your vet.

  1. Don’t get the shampoo in their eyes!

Please make sure you don’t get the shampoo in their eyes! It can be very bad for their eyes and eyesight so be careful.

  1. Water

When bathing them make sure that the water is not too hot or too cold. You want to make the dog feel very comfortable and make it a positive experience so that the next time you want to do it, they feel comfortable.

  1. Drying dog’s hair

The first thing that you should do after the bath is to use towels! Make sure that you use it properly all over the dog’s body. Another thing that you can do, specifically if the weather is bad or your dog got wet in the rain is a hairdryer. But, be careful. Don’t bring it too close to your dog because the hot air that comes out of it can affect your dog’s skin. So, use the cool button and make sure the skin is dried. Maybe you can even mix these two. Start with a towel, use a hairdryer for a bit and then use the towel again, and you are good to go.

  1. Clipping nails

If you know how to clip dog’s nails then do it, if you are not 100% sure how to do it, please take it to the groomer because they have more experience in clipping nails. The whole point of grooming is spending time with your best friend and enjoying it.

  1. Brushing teeth

Some owners don’t brush their dog’s teeth, some do. If you are the ones that do it, make sure your dog is calm and make sure you do it carefully so that you don’t hurt dog’s teeth.

  1. Trimming hair

If you have the experience in trimming hair it’s okay to do it. If you don’t know how to do it you should go to the groomer. Make sure you don’t trim their hair too short. Be careful around their paws, ears, eyes, and tail. You can tidy up your pets hair with a cordless trimmer so they can see around their eyes easy enough. Brush the hair forward and trim a half moon. its a trim, not a cut!

  1. Make sure your dog is comfortable

To make sure your dog is comfortable and relaxed try giving them a treat. The dogs that are scared or nervous will never take it. So, after walk give them one treat after they get in the bath give them another, after putting shampoo on them do it, after brushing them give them another one, and after bath give them the last one. This is the way to make this process comfortable and positive for them.

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