8 Tips To Groom Your Dog
Getting your dog groomed can be expensive, but there is no need to pay a pro when you can learn how to groom your dog yourself.
Understanding the basics of dog grooming will help you greatly and that is what we are going to try and cover in this article. We will go into some real detail on each of the grooming techniques so that you can handle each one with confidence.
If you are reading this, then you probably have no idea where to even begin when it comes to grooming, and you are not alone. That is why dog grooming is such a big business, but by simply learning the basics and do it yourself at home, you can make your dog look great and save money in the process.
Rather than scouring the Internet to find detailed tips on how to groom a dog, the easiest thing to do is learn the basics here and that begins with one very simple question:
What exactly is entailed in how groom your dog?
Here we want to present you with the basics, all selected from actual working experience.
Here are the 8 basic items that determine good dog grooming:
1. Removing loose hair and mats with a thorough brushing
2. Getting rid of dirt and odor by bathing
3. Expressing the anal gland to prevent future infection
4. Cleaning the ears to prevent wax or moisture build up, both of which can lead to infection
5. Nail clipping to prevent ingrown nail issues, as well as to protect your furniture
6. Keeping the dog’s hair short by trimming or clipping.
7. Keeping dental issues at bay by brushing the teeth
8. Making sure that the dog’s eyes stay bright and healthy looking
Most professional groomers will offer the first 6 items in the above list as part of a full package. They will usually also throw in a cool bandanna for the dog and sometimes a nice scented spray to finish it all off.
As for the remaining 2 items on the list, it’s up to you to look after your dog’s teeth. If brushing your dog’s teeth is something that you aren’t comfortable with, then you can leave it to the vet, but expect to pay.
There is actually very little that you have to do when it comes to your dog’s eyes. They are, for the most part, self-maintaining and your only job is to remove any accumulated crust that may have developed overnight.
Leaving your dog’s fur alone for extended periods can result in the coat becoming matted and overgrown, which is why brushing is so imperative. The only time when you can get away with limited brushing is when your dog is hairless or has a very short coat. Long haired dogs are very much prone to dead hair becoming trapped and forming mats, which in turn can eventually lead to skin troubles.
When you first start to brush your dog’s fur, you should begin by using a method called back brushing. That involves brushing in the opposite direction of the way in which the fur lays, permitting the surplus dead fur to be removed as well as inserting stimulation to the skin. Then, follow the lay of the hair and brush the second time. For corded-coat breeds this technique cannot be used, so you’ll pretty much have to brush in the direction of the lay.
Another popular bushing method that is often employed by groomers is called line brushing. This is a particularly useful technique that is used on dogs that have predominantly long and thick coats.
There are many folks that rush out and buy a grooming tub for their dog, but a bathtub, or even a sink if your dog is small enough, is a perfect spot to bathe your dog.
It’s always a good idea to brush your dog before giving him a bath because mats and tangles will actually become more challenging once they come into contact with the water. If you can’t get them all out by brushing alone, then think about using a detangling solution or a dematting rake.
Before getting started, place clean cotton balls in your dog’s ears so that water and soap don’t find their way in. A spray attachment is a good purchase if you plan on bathing your dog often, but if you don’t have one, then fill the tub with lukewarm water.
Use a container of some sort to wet your dog down and then you can start to wash him, making sure to premix the soap and water first. This makes it easier to remove any excess lather, as failure to do so can result in your dog developing skin problems. Try to find a shampoo that is vet recommended for your breed of dog and make sure that all the suds are removed before drying him off.
Use a nice dry towel to get rid of the excess water and then either allows him to dry off naturally, keeping in mind that he will try to shake himself dry, or use a hair dryer, set on cool, to complete the job. Don’t forget to remove the cotton balls from his ears.
Learning how to groom your dog at home can be such a pleasurable experience for you and your family. The extent of ensuring a healthy and happy pet goes along way to bonding with the dog. Making them feel a completely loved member of family.