All dog owners are aware that having a dog comes with a fair amount of responsibilities.
You need to do more than just loving your dog.
You are responsible for its health, its happiness and its protection.
And in the midst of all your responsibilities, there is one that is actually a lot more fun than what it sounds like: Dog grooming!
Grooming your dog every few months is essential to keep your dog feeling and looking at its best all all times.
So every few months or so you should be looking at the best way to groom your dog, and if you are up for it, here’s how to do it yourself in the comfort of your home!
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Why Do It At Home?
First of all, while there are plenty of grooming salons to choose from, you should consider keeping the grooming day on your agenda and doing it at home.
Not only is this a lot more affordable and practical, as you don’t need to book an appointment. All you need is some time and a lot of love.
Additionally, grooming helps you to strengthen the trust bond between your dog and yourself as you can get involved at a more intimate level.
This is invaluable for dog owners, and it’s a life-changing experience for your dog.
Last, but not least, as you get to groom your dog, you get to know every part of their body, and you can better track their health.
Every lump, every bump, every scratch will be known to you, so you will immediately notice anything out of the ordinary and maybe avoid your dog any medical complication.
What Do You need?
The first question that you might ask about grooming your dog at home is what you need.
You will need to find an area where you can easily wash and rinse your dog without soaking the rest of the house.
This could be your shower, if it is large enough, your bathtub if you have a small dog, or even the garden if the temperature allows.
Then you will need to purchase the essential grooming kit, which consists of:
- A hair clipper for dogs with long hair that needs to be maintained.
- A nail clipper for your dog’s claws.
- A toothbrush and a toothpaste. Dogs, and cats too, have a specific enzymatic toothpaste – see this selection on https://www.amazon.com – that are designed to clean bacteria from the mouth and freshen up their breaths.
- A slicker brush to brush your dog’s hair before and after grooming.
- A hypoallergenic shampoo. Do make sure that you purchase a dog-friendly product and that you only use small quantities as shampoo can easily irritate your dog’s skin.
Get Your Prep Time
As you decide to groom your dog, you will need to plan for additional prep time to ensure that the grooming time will be stress-free for both of you.
This means that you need to get organized in advance.
Unfortunately, grooming can’t be completely spontaneous.
Most dog owners start by taking their dog for a brisk walk to release any extra energy and ensure that the dog can remain quiet when he or she is being washed and looked after.
You can try a drug-free anxiety treatment to help your dog to relax if he or she is too stressed by the grooming.
Sort Out Nail Trimming Issues
Not many dog owners know how to trim their dog’s nails.
For this, you will need to get hold of the right size clipper for your dog breed, as described on http://www.pawsprof.com/.
It’s important to regular trim nails as this will avoid scratches on the furniture and the floor, as well as keep your dog healthy. Use a small pair of scissor to clear the area first, by cutting the long toe hair.
Then, as you use the nail clipper, to make sure to separate each toe with your fingers and to hold your dog’s paw so that you can cut the nails appropriately and safely.
Clean The Eyes And Ears
It’s important to remember that your dog can’t clear his or her ears and eyes.
Therefore, this should be part of your grooming session.
Use cotton balls to wipe away any dirt from the eyes and the ears.
If you don’t have cotton balls, you can use a fresh cloth.
If you want to clean the ears in depth, you should use mineral oil such as olive oil or witch hazel oil on cotton balls or the cloth.