The time spent with your dog is incomparable. We all do love snuggling with our fur friends, especially if they have soft and clean coat. What would you do if you can’t get your dog to a groomer? It’s time to learn how to groom a dog at home. With the following tips and advice you will act like a pro.
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The advantages of dog grooming
Many dog parents can actually groom their dogs at home easily. Of course, it will take a lot of time and effort to groom a dog and make them comfortable with a routine home grooming. But, the thing is learning how to groom a dog will deepen the relationship with your pooch.
Your fur friend can’t trust any one more than you. In other words, they will count on the reliability of your behavior. Practicing home grooming on a regular basis and provide a great experience to your dog will allow you and your dog to reach comfort and confidence position.
You should always try to stay calm as you can. In fact, your dog will sense and know if you are nervous. As a result, they can be nervous and may lead to trying to escape or becoming very aggressive. For example, if you notice your dog isn’t comfortable when you brush their hair, then don’t force them and you can try again another time.
How to brush and give a bath to your dog?
To make brushing a routine, you should brush toy pooch’s hair a few times a week for a few minutes. In fact, only brushing can keep your dog clean and can accomplish a great way of good grooming.
Actually, some vets and professional groomers don’t recommend bathing your dog a lot, they prefer more brushing. You can use a dog’s pin brush and go through your dog’s hair. Brushing will help to pull out dirts, grass and burrs.
If you want to use a shedding blade, it works better if you own a shorthaired pooch. Again it’s very important to get into the habit and brush your dog’s hair on a regular basis while they are standing rather than lying down.
After brushing, when you give a bath to your doggie, you should use a higher quality shampoo. Actually, some of the inexpensive and poor quality versions can have harsh ingredients.
How to trim a dog’s hair?
Now when you finished brushing and bathing your buddy, maybe you want to try to trim their hair. First, you should be cautious about the equipment you use, especially if you use scissors, you should choose the right tool that fits your dog. You can also use professional shears and clippers, they will be more easy to use. If you want, you can have a grooming table to make sure your dog is secures during the hair trimming.
Some people like to trim their dog’s hair when it’s wet. I think it’s better to start with dry hair, it will allow you to control the trimming process more. You should use only the tips of sharp shears which will prevent you from cutting or hurting your pooch if they move suddenly.
If your dog suffers from matted and has a lot of tangles, you shouldn’t cut with scissors. Learn how to treat and untangle matted dog hair Matted Dog Hair: Causes, Treatment, and Prevention.
How to shave a dog?
As mentioned before, you should start with dry and clean hair. This will allow you to find a quiet spot free of distractions. With a sharp blade, start shaving around your dog’s neck and move down to their body. To avoid hurting or cutting your doggie, you should hold the blade flat against your dog’s skin. Pay more attention when you get near thin skin like, underarms, thighs, and hips.
If you think you will be nervous during shaving your dog, I suggest leaving this step of grooming to an expert. You can visit your vet or a professional trainer, they will be perfectly trained.
How to cut a dog’s nails?
Nail trimming is actually a very challenging process. It need practice and patience in order to do it properly. Some parents may be terrified and don’t feel confident to give it a try. So after reading and practicing and you find yourself still unconfident, you can always have help.
First thing you should do is choosing the right tool. There are several trimming tools you can find like clippers and grinders. I recommend visiting this article in order to know more about trimming tools and how to use each How to Trim Dog Nails in 5 Steps
The first step you should follow is introducing the tool to your dog before getting started. This will allow your pooch to get use to the noise of the tool.
If you own a whine nail dog, you should clip until you see a pink spot called the quick. The quick contains several nerves and blood vessels, so if you cut it, it will cause bleeding and create a bad experience to your pooch.
If you’re a parent to a black nail dog, you should be very cautious as the quick can’t be seen easily. You should trim a little at a time until you see a black dot on the tip.
Don’t panic if you cut the quick and your dog start bleeding. This is a very common situation you should get used to it. To stop the bleeding use styptic powder, it will work very well. If you can’t find a styptic powder nearby, you can replace it with styptic pencils. Actually, there are many ways to stop nail bleeding during trimming.
Make sure you are prepared with the following tools before your start any grooming:
- Soft brush that vary in density and structure, a comb, and a shedding blade.
- A grooming table in order to secure your dog
- Grooming clippers
- Nail clippers or a grinder unless you want to trim your dog’s nails without any, you can use nail file method.
- Grooming shears
- Styptic powder or pencils. You can find them at the shaving section because of their usage to treat shaving injures besides minor cuts.
I wish you find this article a helpful piece. Leave your questions and I will be more than happy to answer them all.