How to Groom a Dog

Learn How to Groom a Dog

Learning how to groom a dog is a never-ending process, because all dogs are a little different, while the fur of individual canines changing throughout the year, along with the seasons. Dog fur gets thicker in the winter and thinner in the summer, so dog groomers need to learn different fur treatment techniques for grooming in each phase of the year.

Dog Grooming Supplies and Equipment

Put together your own home dog grooming kit, so you have the proper tools for regular groomings. Supplies you need include sharp blades on any electric razors, as well as a quality pair of sharp scissors. Having good equipment cuts down on the time you spend trimming dog hair, and the less trouble and stress for an already stressful situation, the better.

How many dog grooming supplies you gather is up to you. Consider adding groomer tools like brushes and combs, sprays, powder, clippers, razors and scissors to get the job done right. Keep your tools properly maintained. When you’re trimming fur from your pet, make sure to exercise the scissors, to keep fur from matting up on them.

You can buy a start-up dog grooming kit at a pet supply store, too.

Brush Out Tangles

How to Groom a DogBefore you start, brush your dog’s hair. This lets you get rid of mats of hair and other tangles. Dogs also tend to enjoy a good brushing, so this serves to calm them down.

When I teach someone how to groom a dog, I recommend a weekly brushing for dogs. This gets you dog into the habit of expecting a grooming session, and periodic groomings that don’t involve clippers is a good way to get them to calm down when you do bring out the sheers.

Brushing through your dog’s hair once a week is also a way to clean your dogs and keep them free of pests that make them smelly or miserable. Brushing a dog’s coat is important in winter, because that’s when their fur is thickest and when you’re least likely to be regularly grooming them with the scissors and sheers.

Trimming Your Dog’s Fur

If your dog has long, heavy fur, consider trimming their hair in summer. If they live outside, this makes their summer cooler and more pleasant. If they live inside, this keeps vast accumulations of shedded fur from gathering around your house.

Trim with a #10 blade to trim thick spots around any sensitive areas around their backside and underbelly, as well as the neck region.

Trimming Dog Nails

One sensitive area is dog nails. Dogs don’t like to have their feet meddled with, while most humans get a little antsy clipping dog nails. But when dog nails get too long and curved, this can be painful for dogs.

Discuss with your family veterinarian the best way to trim dog nails. Don’t cut off too much nail, because you can cut the vein. Cutting the vein is extremely painful for the dog, and can lead to infection. Be careful if you try this and get specific tips from your vet for your dog’s specific type.

Give Your Dog a Bath

No matter how good your dog feels afterwards, no matter how much they enjoy taking a dip in cool water, dogs tend to hate baths. Imagine their experiences with baths. When they were pups, your dog is manhandled into a bath tub or pan, often with scary sounding water running through a faucet.

The water was likely too cold or too hot for them. At some point, they have probably had soap get in their eyes. If not, they had running water get in their eyes. It’s just an unpleasant experience for them.

Dog Bath Preparation

To make bathing your dog a better experience for you and them, do things to make it easier. Tie them up before they know you’re going to give them a bath. This keeps you from getting exasperated when they try to run and hide, so there’s not that additional stress of seeing their pack leader stressed with them.

When filling your bath container full of water, don’t have it go over their knees. Use a cup, a can or a bottle to pour water over them, so the splashing and pouring is more controlled. This means you’ll get less soap and water into their sensitive places.

Be patient with them. Expect to get wet and wear appropriate clothes. Make sure they have good footing, and don’t treat them too roughly. Remember – the more positive you make the bath experience for your dogs, the easier it’s going to be on you next time.

Post-Bath Grooming

After you bathe your dogs, you might notice they have a lot of nervous energy. They run all over the place, rolling in dirt (or on the carpet). Canines might feel good or be feeling frisky, or they might be trying to get excess water off their fur coat.

Water soaking up into dog’s fur feels unnatural to them, so see whether drying them off helps. Get a towel and rub them down good with the towel – they’ll love it. Some use a hair dryer to do the same, though I think a load hair dryer tends to hurt their ears, while it’s easy to get careless and burn them.

A towel works better and shows more love, I think.

Grooming a Dog

Grooming a dog can be a trying experience for pooch and owner alike, so learn how to groom a dog properly. The more positive of an experience you make it for your dog, the less of a headache it’s going to be for you. Everyone in the family has strange little idiosyncrasies, so just view your dog’s seemingly bizarre fear of bathing to be his or her personal quirk.

Like with people’s personal ticks, live around it and be understanding when it’s time to groom your dog. In the end, a clean dog is a healthy dog, and a healthy dog is a happy dog. Learn how to groom your dog, to make it happy, healthy and look beautiful.

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