How To Groom Your Dog at Home

Dog grooming is important to keep your pet looking and feeling as great as they possibly can. Keeping them bathed and trimmed regularly will help cut down on the amount of hair that they shed, and will also make it so that you are in tune with what is going on with your dog.

By Guest Blogger, Adam Conrad of shihtzuexpert.com

If you own a dog, you know the pain of dog hair. It gets everywhere, no matter how often you sweep and vacuum. Every corner, every nook, every cranny becomes home to a dust bunny made entirely of dog hair.

There’re a few ways that you can combat the amount of dog hair that winds up on your floor, but the best way to do that is to have your dog groomed regularly. However, taking your dog to a groomer or the vet to get a haircut can get pretty expensive.

The good news is, with the right tools (even with just a pair of good dog clippers) and some patience, you can groom your dog at home and minimize the stress and expense of the process. Here’s some tips and tricks to make grooming your dog at home as simple as possible.

Why Should You Groom your Dog?

Dog grooming is important to keep your pet looking and feeling as great as they possibly can. Keeping them bathed and trimmed regularly will help cut down on the amount of hair that they shed, and will also make it so that you are in tune with what is going on with your dog.

Dogs can’t talk to their owners, but they can show you when something is going wrong. If your dog has a broken nail, or a patch of dry skin, or even a flea or tick, the easiest way to make sure that they’re healthy is by keeping a close eye on them. Being part of the grooming process helps you to do that.

It will also keep your pet feeling better. No dog likes to have nails longer than necessary, and they don’t like being surrounded by piles of their own fur any more than you do.

How Often Should You Groom Your Dog?

Most advice about grooming your dog is going to need to be double checked for your dog’s particular breed. A short-haired Chihuahua is going to have very different needs than a double-coated Husky or a curly-haired Poodle.

Your dogs fur will likely need trimming every 6 to 8 weeks, though if you are consistent about brushing them regularly, you may not need to do it as often.

What Tools Do You Need To Groom Your Dog?

You need a variety of tools to groom your dog properly. It can set you back a pretty penny at first, but it will pay for itself in less than a year if you groom your dog regularly.

  • Dog shampoo
  • an area to wash them
  • dry towels
  • dog fur clippers
  • blow dryer
  • dog nail clippers
  • comb
  • Dog hair brush
  • Blade cooling oil
  • Treats

What is the Difference Between Dog Clippers and Human Hair Clippers?

While human hair clippers may look almost identical to dog clippers, you should not use them for your animals. They may be less expensive, but there’s a reason for it.

On human hair clippers, the blades are designed with the teeth close together to cut the most hair. If you use them on an animal, that means that this set of clippers will get jammed regularly. Human hair is also much thinner than that of most dogs’ fur.

Dog clippers have different teeth depending on the type of fur that your dog needs, and different speeds that allow you to cut through the thickest clumps of hair.

How Often Should You Trim Your Dog’s Nails?

Once again, this advice varies based on the kind of dog you have, and how active they are. On average, you’ll need to trim your dog’s nails every month or two. However, the less active a dog is, the more you’ll need to trim those nails.  A good rule of thumb is that when you can hear them clicking on the floor, they need to be trimmed.

Make sure to use nail clippers specifically designed for dogs. Human nail clippers are not suitable for use on dogs nails at all.

How Should You Groom Your Dog?

Before you get started trying to groom your dog, make sure that you are as calm as possible. Animals feed off of their owners emotions, so if you’re anxious about what you’re doing, your dog will be as well. started this kind of process that can be really hard.

1 – Bathe Your Dog

The first step you want to take is to give your dog a full bath. This helps loosen the mats in their fur, and gets rid of any dead skin that they have. You also want to blow dry them, especially if they are a longer-haired dog. Their hair should be mostly dry when you’re done.

2 – Brush Your Dog’s Fur

You should also should take the time to brush your dogs fur to pull out the loose hairs, and to detangle it as much as possible before you get the clippers out.

3 – Thin Your Dog’s Fur with Shears

If your dog has thicker fur, or an undercoat, you’re going to want to start with scissors to thin out the upper layer of fur. This makes the next step easier

4 – Clip!

Plug in your clippers, attach the right blade, and go to town. Be careful around their faces, as many dogs get nervous when there’s something buzzing near their eyes and mouths.

Keep an eye on the blade, and make sure it doesn’t get too hot. Because of the speed these clippers go at, the blades heat up quickly. Having extra blades in the size you need will help you get it all done in one go. Ceramic blades do not heat up as quickly, but are a little more expensive.

5 – Trim their nails

A lot of dogs get particularly anxious about having their nails trimmed. If your dog is one of them, it may be worthwhile to only trim one nail a day, and just continuously be trimming their nails. You can also take on can also do one paw at a time, to make it easier on everybody involved.

6 – Treats

Last but certainly not least, make sure to give your dog a treat after everything is done. This helps to teach them that being groomed it is totally okay and totally normal. Grooming can be really stressful, and a little bit of bribery never hurt any dog.

 

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