Top 10 Dog Grooming Tips

Dog Grooming TipsIf you’d like to avoid paying hefty groomer fees by learning to groom your dog yourself, then you will need some dog grooming tips. Grooming your dog for the first time can cause a real case of the nerves if you don’t know what you’re doing. It’s easy to understand why. With the wide array of dog grooming supplies to choose from, grooming can seem like a formidable task. Read over this list of top ten dog grooming tips and rest assured that, with practice, you’ll be well on your way to running your pet’s own, personal spa:

1. Different breeds have different grooming needs. Know your breed.

2. Play one of the many online dog grooming games to acclimate yourself to grooming basics.

3. Determine your dog’s skin type (oily, dry, or normal) before choosing a shampoo.

4. Check your dog’s ears for wax buildup, mites and fungus during every grooming.

5. Clip your dog’s nails every two to three weeks. Be sure never to cut into the lower, darker part of the nail, called the quick.

6. Invest in a good pair of dog grooming shears.

7. Prevent pebbles and other small things from getting painfully stuck in the paws by trimming the hair in between the pads.

8. Many dog grooming tips have to do with brushing your dog’s hair. Do not press too hard, as to give brush burn, and hold any mats you find close to the skin and try working them lose with a comb.

9. Bathe dogs outside and in warm weather. Start with the body, then work your way to the limbs. The head should be shampooed last.

10. Brush against the grain of your dog’s coat and you’ll be amazed at how fluffy its coat looks!

Grooming your dog can be a bonding experience for the both of you and you don’t have to go to dog grooming school to learn how to do it. It’s best to start early, so your furry friend can get used to it before he gets too big for you to handle. These dog grooming tips should help you on your way. Good luck and happy grooming!