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Grooming your dog is an important part of keeping your dog happy and healthy. Whilst some pet owners may prefer to get their dogs groomed at pet salons, grooming your pet at home can save you money and may also bring you closer to your pet.
Listed below are some tips on how to give your dog the spa treatment at home.
Brush your Dog
Brushing your dog's fur is an easy and enjoyable task that only takes 5 to 10 minutes per day. If you’re just beginning at-home grooming, you may need to start with irregular brushing to get your pet accustomed to the process, which is different depending on your dog’s coat.
If your dog has short hair, then you’ll need to brush their fur on a weekly basis. Dogs with short thick hair, like a Golden Retriever, can also be brushed weekly, but must be brushed using a slick brush to untangle knots, followed by a bristle brush to remove dead hair. Dogs with longer coats (including Terriers) should be brushed daily using the same technique you use on short, thick hair: a slick brush for tangles and a bristle brush for dead hair.
Bathe your Dog
The trick to bathing your dog safely at home is to ensure you use mild, dog-safe shampoo and avoid getting water or cleaning solutions in their eyes, nose, or ears. First, you should fill your bathtub with about 3 or 4 inches of warm water. Next, after having brushed your dog's fur, you can place them in the bath and wet them using a cup or a hose. Once they are fully wet, you should work the shampoo through their fur, ensuring you get a good lather. Finally, rinse their fur and dry them off with a towel or a blow dryer on the low setting.
TIP: If your dog is unruly at bath time, distract them with a fun bath toy.
Clipping your Dog’s Nails
To clip your dog's nails, always use a clip or similar to the Guillotine nail clipper. The first thing you’ll need to do is get your dog accustomed to having his paws handled. This process could take a few weeks, but is necessary to successfully clip his nails at home. Before attempting to clip your dog's nails, give him daily leg and paw massages in which you handle each individual toe. This will get your dog comfortable with the idea of you touching his toes.
Once he is comfortable, you're ready to get your nail clipper. You'll want to clip each nail at an angle, at the point before it begins to curve. You can avoid clipping veins by avoidng the pink part of the nail. However, if your dog has black nails you will be unable to see the vein. Simply take care, and if you do clip a vein by accident, treat it with a dog-safe, antiseptic powder, and leave them a little bit longer next time.
Grooming your Pooch at Home
Grooming your dog at home can be simple and fun, once you get used to it. If you need extra support, see if the animal clinic near you has classes on 'at-home grooming'. Grooming can be a special time of bonding between you and your pet.
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