Grooming is vital for your dog to stay clean, be healthy, and comfortable. This cleaning and grooming process involves clipping their nails, cleaning the area around their eyes, and trimming their coats helps to remove dead skin, hair, and dirt.
And while most dog grooming businesses are closed and you try to limit your contact with other people, you may choose to groom your dog at home. And it doesn’t have to be a one-time thing; you can continue to do so in the future. It will increase your relationship with your dog and save you some money.
Here’s all you need to know about grooming your dog at home!
Tools You Will Use Is Important
When you want to trim your dog’s coat at home, the most critical factor is the tools you will use to do so. Tools necessary to groom a dog differs from a human’s. Human hair clippers can have short blades, and they can easily hurt dogs or leave their skin visible and open for injuries.
So, start by investing in a good brush. A regular slicker brush is appropriate for most breeds; you can check the internet before you purchase, and brush your dog a little but often. It would be best if you focused on the chest, behind the ear, and leg areas.
How To Groom Your Dog: 5 Steps
Brush your dog’s coat:
Like we said before, brush your dog little and often, and take care of sensitive areas. For example, if your dog has pollen in their coat after your walk, you can easily clean their skin by brushing. Also, by doing this often, your dog will get used to being handled.
Bath your dog:
Regular baths will make sure your dog’s coat stays clean. But before getting wet, make sure your dog’s coat is free of knots; bathing without brushing can further harden their coat.
Clean your dog’s eyes:
If your dog has discharge around their eyes, do not trim around their eyes; simply wipe the area with a small moist piece of cotton wool. Do this daily, and it will prevent any build-up.
Clip your dog’s nails:
Check your dog’s claws regularly, as regularly as you can. Three to six weeks is usually an excellent time to cut your dog’s nails. If you don’t know how to check if the nails need clipping, check the nails when your dog is sitting straight, their nails shouldn’t touch the floor in that position. If the nails are touching the floor, it needs trimming.
Grooming can be a way to bond with your dog, reward your dog with treats to make them love the process.