Taking your dog at a specialist for grooming its not the only solution to make your furry friend look clean and fresh. Unless you prepare your pet for a show, you’ll be able to clean his ears, wash his teeth, and clip his coat from your very own home. You’ll only need a great dose of patience, the right tools, and maybe a bit of training to make sure nobody will get hurt.
Grooming your pet by your own comes with some benefits, besides the fact that you’ll save some money. Your pet will be in a comfortable place and with the ones who trust the most, it gives to the opportunity to spot out eventual health problems, and it can be the perfect time bonding with your pet even more.
Therefore, in today’s post, we’re presenting you top 7 useful tips for grooming your dog at home. Here we go:
1.Brush Him Regularly
Firstly, you need to take care of the fur. Brush him thoroughly to lose all the extra hair, the dirt, and then take care if needed of the matted spots. If the fur is too tangled in some places, just cut them off with the scissors to spare you all the trouble.
But brushing should not be just a monthly process, you should brush him regularly, especially in the fur trims. But as I bet you’re a good owner you already knew that and, of course, doing it.
2. Bath Time
Now probably every pet owner has already their bathing routine at least after every mud play in a rainy day. Anyway, during the bath, scrub your pet properly before every haircut, and make sure you wash him before the years too! In case you never took a bath to a pet before there are a lot of helpful guides online to lead you through this process.
3. Purchase a Set of Dog Clippers
If you want to groom your dog at home, a one-time investment will be required, and it won’t cost you only half the price of one grooming session. With a brushed and clean fur, you can start making your pet familiar with the clippers.
Let him smell the clippers, show him that there’s nothing to be afraid of even if the noise might tell him the opposite. As well, you can give him some treats to show him that the Clippers are a good thing.
4. Learn How to Cut Your Pet’s Fur
The good part is that you don’t have to be a professional. Being a pro means that you have to know several techniques according to the dog’s breed, as fur comes in many types and lengths. Good for you that you only need to specialize on one or on how many different types breeds you have.
You can learn how to cut your pet’s furfrom any guide and video from the internet, just make sure you pay attention to every detail before you take to action. Of course, it might take you longer than you expect as you have no experience, but experience comes with a lot of practice, so take your time.
5. Cutting the Nails
Another one-time cheap investment that will serve you well for a long time it’s a nail trimmer. This tool might be crucial if your dog spends more time inside than inside and doesn’t have the chance to take them down in a natural way.
Failing to cut the nails for an indoor dog might cause him a terrible pain. Moreover, during the cutting process, you might want to keep some treats close to calm your pet and show him that what you’re doing it’s a good thing.
6. Cleaning the Eyes and Ears
Many pets’ owners forget, or they don’t know that they have to take care of their dog’s ears and eyes during the grooming process, or even often if necessary. Cleaning these parts of the body don’t require special tools, in fact, I bet you already have the right tools in the house. If you don’t want to cause any pain to your pet you’d better read a guide or to.
7. Brushing the Teeth
This should be more a daily routine, but I bet not many owners know that and if they do, not sure they’re doing it. At least do it during the grooming session, it’s better than never.
As Peter Dale, HR manager at assignmentgeek.com.au and dog lover, advises, “Never ever wash your don with human toothpaste, he doesn’t know he’s not supposed to swallow it.Of course, don’t do this if you don’t want your pet to end up with an upset stomach.”
Don’t say you haven’t been warned. Just buy from the pet store a dog toothbrush and toothpaste. Before you move to action you’d better read some tips about how you’re supposed to brush your pet teeth properly.
Grooming your pet at home may be your lucky chance to build some trust with your pet and to make sure you keep track of any changes concerning his health or behavior. You’ also end up saving a lot of money, not that your pet is not worth it, and not grooming him is definitely not an option. But let me ask you, why pay for a service you can effortlessly learn for yourself while spending more time with your beloved furry friend?
Mary Whitman is a writer based in Adelaide. In her spare time, she enjoys talking about Sustainable Development and Art.