Do it Yourself Dog Grooming -
How to Groom a Dog
(Posted by Donald Lee)
Grooming your dog yourself can help you keep your animal looking great without spending money for professional grooming. This article “Do It Yourself Dog Grooming” will uncover the basics of dog grooming so that you can be aware of what you need to do to groom a dog yourself.
If you are worried that you are not up to the task, let me tell you this – learning how to groom a dog is not rocket science, anyone willing to invest a bit of time, patience and go through a proper dog grooming training will be able to do it. Read on…
Why is Grooming Your Dog Important
A proper grooming will ensure that your dog is clean and that it avoids diseases such as a mange infection. These common problem can cause discomfort and itching for your animal.
Cleaning your animal’s teeth helps prevent periodontal disease and grooming their hair gives them an overall neat appearance.
Cleaning a dog’s ears will prevent wax buildup which is a cause of ear infections. Proper ear care also helps remove bacteria and dirt accumulations in the animal’s ears. A strong smell from the animal’s ears and signs of inflammation or unusual chunks of discharge are indications that the ear may be infected. A vet checkup will be imminent.
The nails of your dog need to be trimmed and cleaned on a periodic basis. They should be kept short since overgrown nails can cause discomfort for the animal as well as damage the furniture around your home.
Do It Yourself Dog Grooming Preparations
Before you learn how to groom a dog
Do it yourself dog grooming requires that you have all the proper equipment to do a good job when grooming the animal. Some basic supplies include a basin, dog shampoo, dry towel, cream rinse, blow-dryer, rubbing alcohol, clippers, dog ear solution, sanitary cloth, cotton balls, dog nail clippers, pet toothbrush, collar, and a leash.
Prepare a work area that’s clean and sanitized so you have an easy cleanup after the grooming procedure. A grooming apron can help protect your clothing from stray animal hairs. As you groom the dog, speak softly to them and assure the dog that everything will be fine. Your voice can help calm the dog down during the procedure. Your dog will cooperate if they feel secure and comfortable. Don’t yell.
Do It Yourself Dog Grooming Training Guide
How to Groom a Dog Step-by-Step
Get all your tools together and use this guide to grooming your dog:
- Check the animal’s coat for tangles and mats. Remove the mats and tangles with a detangler solution. If you find the mats are tough, try a dematting rake to cut through the problematic mats. Be careful since the rake has sharp teeth which can injure the dog. Also, make sure that no mats remained before you wet the dog as these mats can get worse once they come in contact with water.
- Next you can comb the coat and give it a good brush. Start and the head and work towards the rear and take care around the animal’s face. Take your time to do a thorough job.
- Use warm water to wash your dog and lather in plenty of dog shampoo. Wear gloves if you want to keep the shampoo off your hands. With your fingers, you can massage the scalp but do this gently.
- You may want to empty the dog’s anal sacs at this point but it’s optional. This can be done outside of the normal bath routine. If you do it during the bath you can conveniently wash away the dirty fluid after you empty the sacs on your dog.
- Dry the dog with a towel and use a blow dryer if you prefer. Be careful with the dryer and use a low cool setting so you don’t scald the animal.
- Brush the teeth of your animal using a pet toothbrush. This is an optional step but do it if you prefer. Clean the dog’s ears and remove any ear wax you see in the ear. You may not need to perform these steps here if you have them included in another grooming routine.
- Once the dog is dry, clip using clippers or trim the hair with scissors and style it as you prefer. This all depends on the coat type of the dog. Wait for the hair to fully dry before you clip the hair.
- Use nail clippers to trim the dog’s nails. Avoid cutting the nails too deep as you can cut into the quick which is the pink part of the nails (you can only see the quick if your dog’s nails are translucent white). If you cut the quick the nail will bleed and may become infected.
- Once you’re finished, your dog will look great. Give your dog a treat after you’re done to thank the animal for being cooperative during the procedure.
How Often Does One Need to Groom a Dog
The coat of your dog, how often it sheds and how often it stays outdoors affect how frequent the animal needs to be cleaned. Breeds with hair that’s corded, double-coated and long will require more grooming efforts than those of short-haired or hairless breeds. Poodles will require a certain grooming style which might take hours while other dogs might require only minimal care.
Dogs shed to some degree so they all need at least some grooming care to brush away any loose hair, so that these hairs are not “littered” around the house. And if your animal shed frequently, you may also want to groom the animal more often.
Take time when grooming the dog and don’t be in a rush. It’s easy to injure an animal if you’re not careful with clippers or other instruments that are sharp. Once you groom the dog several times you’ll determine which methods work the best for you. Try and keep a periodic grooming schedule and maintain it so your dog is well looked after. If you learn how to groom the dog properly, it will save you energy and time while making the dog feel great.