How to groom your dog at home

Grooming a dog is a job that takes effort, experience, and patience. Especially if the pet is a hairy one. No wonder many dog owners prefer to leave it to the professionals. However for pets that tend to be fidgety, it may be best to groom them at home.

You too can become an expert at cutting your dog’s hair, despite the occasional styling mishap. Hair always grows back, and eventually, any mistake will be soon covered up! Regular brushing prevents matting of hair and grooming should be performed every 6-8 weeks for dogs with continuous growth. But if your dog suffers from matting quite often, you may need to groom more often.

Tools and Equipment

  • Instead of specialized (expensive) pet clippers, you can use any style of clippers. A sharp pair of scissors is preferable for use around the paws and ears.
  • You can keep the blades clean and lubricated with some clipper spray. After you use your clippers, brush them free of hair.
  • Keep the blades sharp; the ones with plastic guards tend to snag in longer hair coats.
  • Always keep a good brush handy.
  • An elevated table will be very convenient as will be ideal to hold the dog in place.
  • Having an extra helping hand is useful for calming nervous pets.

Tips for Effective Grooming

  •  Have the session in a quiet place free from distractions and also easy to clean!
  • Bathe your dog first with dog shampoo.
  • Brush out any snags or mats once the fur is dry.
  • For restless pets, use blunt-tipped, or curved scissors.
  • Use clippers in long smooth strokes along the direction of hair growth.
  • Use scissors for trimming around the extremities: face, ears, and legs.
  • Brush against the hair growth on paws to push the hair between the toes upwards before clipping.
  • Make sure to trim hair growing over your pet’s eyes that could hamper vision.
  • Give your pet a good brush after the clipping session.

Using the clippers can be very painful for dogs with matted hair. In such instances, it is essential to de-mat first. Once such matts are done away, further maintenance of the coat by regular brushing and clipping will prevent them from developing again.

The process to take the matts off close to the skin might be too extensive and painful. Consider having your Vet give your pet a sedative or having the procedure done professionally.

Keep grooming sessions short and engage your pets with attention and treats for staying still.

If your pet is nervous, get him accustomed to the noise of the clippers first.

Keep in mind that the level of comfort for your pet is more important than the appearance. A long coat of hair provides an insulating layer that protects from heat and cold. For dogs that feel the heat, clipping excess hair can help while still providing protection from the sun.

Once you have mastered the basics, let your creativity flow and try out some of the more adventurous styling tricks. If done well, these sessions can be a rewarding experience in bonding with your pet.

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