We can all say this with confidence – grooming your dog is not an easy task. But, it is not impossible a task to do yourself.
Below are a few tips and tricks we found useful, both in getting ready beforehand as well as what to do during the process.
1. Have proper and adequate dog grooming tools
Amongst many things, here are what you will need:
- Pin brush
- Slicker brush
- Hair dryer
- Finishing spray
In particular, you should get good quality clippers as this is the most important tool out of all that you need. Invest in a good one and make sure they come with different length or have interchangeable blades.
If you have a long-haired dog, you should get a pin brush. Those with a rubber base on the pins will be easier for you to manage, as well as being more comfortable for your dog.
2. Prepare your dog
Give your dog a bath before the session. Fully brush it down first, as this makes bathing easier. Consider using a conditioner as it is helpful when brushing your dog during the drying process. Also, hair dries faster and is easier to brush this way.
3. Get someone to assist you
There are two reasons for this. First, your assistant can entertain your dog and keep it distracted while you are grooming to make your job easier.
Secondly, you’d definitely need the help because grooming the underside of your dog, the inside of its legs and arms as well as the sanitary areas can be quite difficult. Your assistant can help hold your dog steady in place so that your job, again, can be made easier.
Last but not least, be patient. Do not rush through it as you may risk cutting or injuring your dog, which is something nobody wants. If you are a beginner, be well prepared that this is something that will take a couple of hours to do. There is inevitably the need to do a lot of clipping and touch up work especially if there is a particular look you’re trying to achieve.
Don’t have the time? Or confidence to carry it through? Find a dog daycare center that offers dog grooming services as well. Many good ones do, such as this one here. Not only can you rest assured your dog is in good hands while you are at work, but you can also come home to a well-groomed dog too every time. Check them out!