For many dogs, the act of getting a nice bath and a good hair cut is not exactly a relaxing trip to the spa. It's often stressful for them to be in a different environment at the salon, and they may not behave as well as they do at home. This is why many professional groomers operate in a home-like environment, and why many pet parents opt to perform dog grooming at home. These dog grooming tips and tricks will help you get your dog looking its best at all times, without forcing it to leave the house.
- Prepare your supplies before you begin grooming. You are going to want these on hand when you begin the session, because the dog may become unruly once you start the process. Towels, brushes, scissors, trimmers, and clippers should be available when you start dog grooming at home.
- Know how frequently your dog needs to be brushed or bathed. Unlike humans, dogs do not need to be bathed on a daily basis. Different breeds will have different brushing schedules, which can vary from daily to weekly or even monthly. Most dogs need a bath every three weeks unless they get into mischief sooner!
- Invest in high-quality grooming equipment, including a fast-drying towel. You will need different types of combs and brushes depending on the breed, including a short-toothed comb, a double-rake comb, a slicker comb, and a wide-toothed comb. Regardless of the breed, a fast-drying towel, such as The Absorber®, is necessary. This towel works quickly to get dogs as comfortable and dry as possible after their bath.
- Spend time playing with the dog and allowing it to exercise before beginning the grooming session. Taking your dog for a nice walk around the neighborhood or playing a rigorous game of fetch can help your dog feel calm, relaxed and rested for its grooming session in the home.
- Brush the dog before giving it a bath. One of the dog grooming tips that is often overlooked is the fact that the coat should be brushed before it is cleaned. This allows you to rid your pet of tangles and mattes, and thoroughly clean the coat as well as the skin.
- Use baby powder if your dog's coat is tangled. Some dog hair is especially difficult to de-tangle, particularly if the coat is coarse, long or curly. Baby powder is one of those useful home products that can help eliminate tangles in a dog's coat, allowing you to gently brush prior to grooming.
- Remember that dog skin and hair differ from human skin and hair — you will need special cleaning products. It is imperative that those who will be dog grooming at home invest in shampoo and conditioning products that are designed specifically for dogs. Human products can be harmful to pets, causing damage to their already-sensitive skin.
- Take precautions to prevent your dog from being injured during the grooming session. Some dogs do not enjoy being pampered during a grooming session. They may become rambunctious or try to get away. To help prevent this and to keep your dog from inadvertently slipping during its bath, purchase and use a dog bath mat every time you begin grooming.
- Properly trim your dog's nails. Most groomers will use pet nail trimmers to trim the overgrown nails on a dog's paw. It is important to trim the nail as closely as possible while also avoiding clipping the quick and the nerve. If the quick or the nerve is clipped, there can be excessive bleeding after the dog's nails have been trimmed.
- Give the dog lots of praise and cuddles after the grooming session is complete. Now that you have finished grooming your dog at home, your pet will look clean and beautiful once again. Don't forget to give some extra love to your pet, because it may have felt scared or stressed during the experience.
These dog grooming tips will help both amateurs and professionals give the best care to their favorite four-legged pals. To learn more about how The Absorber® dog drying towel can help you while you are dog grooming at home, contact Dog Lover’s Towel today!