How to Groom a Dog

Summer arrives and your shaggy friend needs a new haircut? Save money by doing it yourself – learn how to groom a dog step-by-step!

Dog grooming is not that difficult – in fact, as long as you’re careful and your buddy cooperates, you can do it in your own home without any trouble! Beyond giving your best friend some extra comfort, this might also be useful to allergic owners, unless they have hypoallergenic dogs that don’t shed. Before getting started, bear in mind that some dogs will only get hotter if you shave their hair. This happens because their hair coats also regulate their body temperature. So make sure you’re informed! Ready to learn how to groom a dog?

The grooming equipment

Similarly to dog training, some delicious treats may be very useful to keep your friend quiet. Additionally, you’ll want to gather the basic grooming materials. Here’s a checklist for you:

  • Mat
  • Collar
  • Leash
  • Dog treats
  • Hair clipper
  • Scissors
  • Comb / hair brush
  • Dog shampoo
  • Towel
  • Nail clipper

7 Magical Steps on how to groom a dog

Got everything you need? Great! Simply follow this six-step guide:

  1. Place your fluffy friend over the mat. If they are very stressed out, you can call a friend to talk to them and keep them distracted.
  2. Make sure they have their collar on, and attach the leash to it (don’t forget to leave it loose)! This will prevent them from escaping.
  3. Start brushing their fur coat – begin on their head, then move on to the rest of their body. Do it smoothly, so your dog can enjoy the relaxing experience. You (and your friend, if that’s the case) should continue talking to them quietly, to keep them calm. If they’re smiling, that’s a good sign!
  4. While you’re brushing their hair, you’ll find a tangle or two. If your dog has long hair, mats may also appear (the Yorkshire Terrier is a good example). It’s important to cut them off, especially around the eyes. In order to avoid hurting your shaggy fellow, you should do it using the scissors. In contrast, you should never, ever cut off their whiskers – this would make them lose their balance!
  5. Is your dog’s hair completely brushed? Now, it’s time for a bath! Grab the shampoo and continue the relaxation process. Let the water run smoothly over their hair, almost as if they were in a jacuzzi! In the end, take your pooch out of the bathtub and dry them with a towel.
  6. If you’d like to go further (into advanced dog grooming territory), you can also include teeth brushing and ear cleaning in this process. But, above all, the crucial point is to trim your dog’s nails. If they’re too long, they’ll start to curl and will hurt your dog in every step they take!
  7. Congrats, you’ve reached the end of Dog Grooming Classes 101! Has your buddy behaved well? Make sure you praise them and reward them with a treat, and you’ll be turning this experience into something they’ll definitely want to repeat!

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