Here are some of the best ways you can groom your dog at home like the experts!
- Prepare everything that you need: Get your tools ready—dog soap, shampoo, towel, nail cutter, hair brush, scissors, tooth brush, and other necessary dog-grooming items. You must also take into consideration that some dogs have special needs when they have some skin disease or underlying health issues. Always get the things that are specifically good and suitable for your dog.
- Give your dog a bath: This is usually the first step in the grooming routine. Bathing dogs may be easy for some pet owners but it may be hard for others. Let’s face it, some dogs just hate baths! When giving your dog a good wash, just make sure that you use the right products and make them as comfortable as they can be. Never use products that are intended for humans. Use lukewarm water and make sure you lather up and rinse thoroughly.
- Dry and brush the fur: Use a clean towel and gently wipe all the excess water from your canine buddy. If your dog has thick fur, you will need a blower or a dog hair-dryer to help you. A good brush is also important to keep your dog’s coat matt-free, shiny, and healthy.
- Cut hair if necessary: Depending on your dog’s fur, you may need to trim and cut some hair occasionally. Use proper haircut scissors or a dog razor to ensure that you do this task right. Using the wrong tools may not only cause an ugly-looking haircut for your dog, this might also injure your little buddy in the process. Remember: it’s always better to be sure than sorry.
- Trim the nails: Cutting your dog’s nails regularly is important. Long nails will cause some unnecessary injury to themselves, to humans, and to your belongings like furnitures. To most dog parents, this might be the most dreadful part of the grooming process. If your dog gets hurt, it can traumatize or make him aggressive. Make sure to make your dog is relaxed when doing this. Use a dog nail clipper and do not cut until the pink area where some nerves and blood vessels are situated. If it bleeds, try to stop the bleeding and consult your vet.
- Brush your dog’s teeth: You read it right, your dog needs their teeth brushed and cleaned too. We all know how dirty your dog’s mouth can get when you don’t clean it regularly. It may be an intimidating task but once you get a grip on it, you will easily get the job done. Get your dog his own toothbrush and toothpaste from the nearest pet shop and make sure you’re getting those that are intended for dogs. Skipping this part of the routine can cause health issues in the long run so don’t forget this.
- Clean the ears too: You need to be extra careful here. Ears are delicate and it’s hard to keep some dogs still enough to allow you to clean their ears. Make sure you do this when your dog is relaxed. Use damp cotton balls to wipe off ear wax and use an ear-cleaning solution intended for dogs. If you notice any infection or irritation, it is best to consult the vet.