Dog Grooming: Everything You Need To Know


In a society where pets have become a major part of most households, with dogs being a popular choice, the subject of dog grooming is one that is bound to come up sooner or later. 

In a society where pets have become a major part of most households, with dogs being a popular choice, the subject of dog grooming is one that is bound to come up sooner or later. 

Dog grooming can easily be described as the practice of cleaning and caring for your dogs to maintain their overall hygiene. Sometimes, this might go on to include other beautification processes too. 

For those looking to buy or adopt a dog, it is essential to know all about dog grooming and the best measures to take regarding it. While a good number of people hire professionals for the job, it’s also possible to learn the art of dog grooming yourself. 

Whatever your choice may be, we’ll cover the basics of what you need to know about dog grooming in this article. 

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Is Dog Grooming Important?

Grooming your dog is very important and for more than one reason. Since most pets stay in the house and interact closely with their owners, it’s important to maintain good hygiene for the dog.

Another important thing with grooming is that even your dog feels better. If you prefer to carry this out yourself, it makes for extra animal bonding time with your fur babies and can be an overall exciting experience if done properly. 

You cannot leave out maintaining the overall health of your dogs. Often, dog groomers are easily able to spot lumps, warts or other signs that might be indicative of a disease in its early stages. 

Grooming also allows you to notice cuts or tiny objects such as pieces of plastic, toys, and fishhooks that might be stuck in your dog’s coat and could potentially cause injury to your pet. 

This is one of the benefits of professional groomers since their experience with animals gives them a keener eye for things you might miss out on as the dog owner. 

When to Hire a Professional Dog Groomer

While dog grooming can sound like a fairly simple process, a lot goes into the proper grooming of a dog.

Asides from knowing the adequate tools to use to do a proper job, handing over-grooming responsibilities to a professional might be a better option for you. This is because you might not have the time, patience or skills to do so.

Some dogs have heavier coats and will require a lot of time and patience to groom. Hiring a professional will be an easier alternative and you can be sure of a proper job. 

While you can save costs by doing it yourself, you will need a professional if you’re squeamish about doing things like clipping its nails and cleaning your dog’s ears and under the tail. 

If you prefer to do it yourself, though, you’ll need to learn how to do it properly and you have the added benefit of bonding closely with your pet while saving costs on professional grooming. 

Basic Grooming Processes for Your Dog

Different breeds of dogs require different types of grooming, depending on the type of coats they have. Some species like the Beagle, Pug or Boxer can do with less frequent grooming compared to breeds like the Afghan Hound and Poodle that require more frequent, full grooming. 

Regardless of the breed, certain basic grooming processes like bathing, fur brushing and trimming, ear cleaning, paw pad shaving and nail trimming are important grooming processes to do regularly. 

1 Bathing – It’s important that you do this just enough but not so much that you dry out the skin. Since it might be a bit challenging to hold your dog still for a proper bath, you can make use of slip leads when it’s time for a bath. 

2. Fur brushing and trimming – The frequency of this will depend on the type of coat your dog has. Different combs and brushes are available to use for this purpose and you should know the right type to use for each coat type. A good fur trim will help to give your dog an overall neater appearance.

3. Ear cleaning – This is important in dog grooming and should be done regularly to avoid ear infections. It should also be done carefully to avoid injuries. 

4. Nail trimming/clipping – this should be done regularly because it might prove a bit difficult to get your dog to cooperate for a nail trim if they aren’t used to their feet being handled. Make use of the appropriate nail clippers or nail grinders when doing so. 

Training Your Dog for Grooming

While dog grooming is important, getting your dog to cooperate for it will be challenging if you’re just starting out. It is important to train your dog and prepare them for grooming beforehand so it becomes easier to do so. 

Employ these methods to train your dogs for grooming: 

– Familiarize your dog with the grooming process at an early age, preferably when they are puppies. You should also regularly pat and touch sensitive areas such as the paws and face while petting them so it is easier for them to allow you to handle these areas while grooming. 

– Use small treats and petting to reward good behaviour while you’re trying to get your dog comfortable with being held or touched in sensitive places. Remember to exercise patience and avoid pushing it when your dog shows signs of discomfort.

– Be patient when trying to get your dog to get used to grooming procedures and be careful when handling dogs that are overly nervous or aggressive. 

If you have no experience whatsoever in training a dog for grooming, it’s best to consult a professional or other reason available on how best to go about it and how to handle your dog in different scenarios.

Grooming Mishaps to Look Out For 

Since you’re dealing with animals, accidents are likely to occur even if you’re careful. Knowing the mishaps that could occur while grooming is a good way to avoid them. 

– Itching after baths – this could result from using the wrong product or not using a product properly so be sure to look out for any signs of itching after baths to know how to handle this. 

– Clipper burn 

– Scratches and nicks

– Irritated eyes from shampoo or other products that might get into the eye

– Quicked nails

Conclusion 

Since dog grooming isn’t something you can do without, it’s important to know how to do it properly or to employ the help of a professional to get the job done. The overall health and well-being of your dog are worth the extra effort, time and costs. Even if you don’t make a living out of grooming dogs or you prefer to use a dog groomer, knowing how to groom might come in handy and will make for a rewarding experience. 

Dr. Cynthia Ford

Hey, I am Dr. Cynthia Ford an absolute gem of a Veterinarian. Bringing to Petcarely decades of experience. I’ve got an overflowing talent and passion for breeding and taking care of pets(all kinds of pets), educating/guiding their owners, and building responsible pet owners. My goal is to give pets all over the world a better life and to recommend the best tips, advice, and product(s) to every pet owner.

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