How to prepare your dog for grooming?

Author : Angie Landis | Published On : 10 Jan 2022

The first step to getting your dog groomed is a proper preparation. Even if you go to a groomer who also gives baths, it is still a good idea to wash your dog yourself before bringing him in. A bath gets rid of any loose hair and helps loosen up his coat for brushing, which will make grooming a much easier process for both of you. Then, you should groom its coat with a comb or brush. You will want to start with whatever is closest to your dog’s head and work your way down its body. Just make sure that you check the knots and the tangles as you go, so that you do not end up pulling on hairs while also trying to comb them out. If they become especially tangled, stop combing them and use scissors or a razor blade instead as your substitute. 

When it is already time to wash your dog, pick up a shampoo that is made specifically for dogs. Humans can use it too, but it may cause some skin irritation if it is not properly used. Talk to a veterinarian about what types of shampoos are available and which one would be best suited for your furry friend. When you feel like there is not any more dirt left in your pup’s fur, rinse off all of the shampoo before letting him dry off. Afterwards, blow-dry your dog with a blow dryer set on low or medium heat (you might also want to try using towels if you want). After drying, it is important to brush your dog again in order to make sure he does not look patchy or ragged. This is generally a good idea even when not cleaning his coat because it makes caring for his hair much easier throughout each day. Do not forget to clean behind your dog’s ears and under his feet during grooming! It will help keep him smelling fresh and remove any dead skin or other unsightly things hiding in those hard-to-reach places.

Finally, once your pooch is completely clean, you can start brushing regularly! Daily brushing helps reduce shedding by removing loose hairs before they reach their full length – something that every pet owner must appreciate. And if you are not already doing so, trim your dog’s nails at least once a month to avoid injury. Your dog may bark or whine when he sees his nail clippers, but they won’t hurt him if done correctly; trim only until you see pinkness underneath rather than cutting right down to the quick. Using a brush meant just for dogs will make your job much easier and speed up your process significantly. All told, bathing and grooming your dog involves less than an hour of actual work per week. It also creates a stronger bond between you and your dog and allows him to live longer due to healthier living conditions. Think of it as an investment into both his health AND yours; after all, who does not love having a freshly scrubbed pup around?