4 Tips

For

Grooming Your

Own Dog

Our four-legged friends are our family members. But just like our family members,

we’re happier when everyone is practicing good hygiene. While your dog may not be able to take a shower or trim their nails on their own, you don’t have to go to an expensive groomer for this. You can easily learn to groom your dog at home.

Here are 4 of our best tips for an easy at-home grooming experience.

1. Set up Your Station

When it comes to grooming your dog, it is important to set up your workspace so that both you and your puppy feel comfortable.

You’ll likely start in the bathtub. Of course, some dogs love water, but not all do. If your dog isn’t a fan of water — or just isn’t accustomed to being bathed — be sure to soothe them. Using a non-slip mat in the bathtub can make them feel more comfortable as they won’t have to worry about losing traction.

When they’re done with their bath, have a towel at the ready … because dogs love to “shake” to dry off. Unless you want water splattered around your bathroom, a towel can help minimize the excess water that will be shaken off your dog’s coat. After the bath, you might move them to another area to continue the rest of their grooming treatment. Whether you’re clipping their nails, brushing their teeth, or something else, having a dedicated workspace where they feel calm and relaxed can make a big difference.

Consider using a low table with a towel on top. You might also want to enlist the help of someone else to keep your dog happy and distracted while you continue their grooming treatment.

2. Check Their Coat Thoroughly

Before you start brushing or other grooming, be sure to thoroughly inspect your dog’s fur. If they spend time outdoors, they may have small burrs on their fur. Brushing off these may cause it to get stuck, which can be painful. You may want to remove these by hand, so you can ensure that the removal is gentle and does not cause any pain or pressure to your dog.

Long-haired dogs also are more likely to have tangled, matted fur. Using your brush or comb, hold your dog’s fur at the base as you gently work through the tangles. That way, the pressure of the brush pulling at the hair won’t irritate their skin.

And there’s one other crucial thing to look for when you’re grooming your dog: ticks, fleas, or other types of mites. These blood-sucking creatures can cause your pet lots of discomfort and itchiness on their skin. Fleas can spread to other parts of the house, including people, carpet, and furniture. And ticks can cause a variety of diseases in your four-legged friend, such as Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

If you live in an area where ticks are common, be sure to check your pup for these often — not only when it’s grooming time.

3. Use the Right Products

Dogs have extremely sensitive skin, and the products we use for bathing and grooming for people aren’t a good match for dogs. Many retailers offer special dog shampoo and grooming products. But these can still be full of harsh chemicals that can irritate your dog’s skin.

Choosing those naturally derived beauty products is beneficial to pet safety without worrying about stimulation.  Detangling Stray is moisturizing, smoothing, and strengthening for your pet’s coat. It can help your brush or comb glide through your pet’s fur with ease.

4. Groom Regularly

Like most things in life, the more you do, the easier things will be. If you are waiting to groom your dog’s tangles every 6 months, then removing these tangles is definitely more difficult than grooming every two weeks.

Grooming regularly — and checking your pet’s coat for burrs, ticks, fleas, and any other type of wound — can also ensure that your pet is staying healthy. When you’re on the lookout for any issues, it can help you catch them more quickly and ensure they’re able to get any medical attention they may need in a timely manner.

But keep in mind that you may not want to bathe your dog too often. This can dry out their skin and take away their skin’s natural oils. Even if you choose to groom them frequently, you can skip the bath portion unless they are smelly or in need of a good cleaning. Otherwise, only bathe them every few months at most.

And what if your dog doesn’t like being groomed? In that case, repetition can help them become more comfortable with it. You can teach them to enjoy grooming time. Not only does it represent an opportunity for some bonding time with your pup, but if it provides them with extra treats, they may learn to enjoy it.