1. A Haircut is Necessary
If you’re getting started with grooming your dog, you need a haircut. You can either take them into a grooming salon or do it yourself at home. The latter is a good option for those new to grooming or who have limited access to a professional groomer.
It would help if you started with your dog’s face and paws, as you don’t want any cuts from their nails on these sensitive areas. For smaller areas like the face, curved shear scissors are very useful. These kinds of scissors come in different designs to choose from, but all have one thing in common – a curved blade. They’re perfect for getting around your dog’s delicate areas without any nicks or cuts.
For the paws, use blunt-ended scissors to cut the hair between their toes and around the nails. Be careful not to cut into its skin as you can cause an infection. You’ll also need to trim their whiskers – make sure you don’t cut them too short, or they may not be able to sense their surroundings as well.
Now it’s time for the main event – cutting the hair on your dog’s body! To get a good idea of the perfect length you should go for, look at how much hair is growing on their back and chest.
2. Bath Time is Key
It’s important to bathe your dog regularly. Not only does bath time keep them looking fresh, but bathing is also healthy as it helps prevent any nasty skin conditions from forming. Make sure you use a gentle shampoo when doing this, and do not forget the conditioner!
3. Dry Your Pet Well
While you may be tempted to give your pet a quick bath and towel dry them before taking them out for a walk, it’s crucial to ensure that they are completely dry before letting them loose. Not only is this essential for their comfort, but also for their safety – wet dogs can easily slip on icy sidewalks and roads.
When it comes to drying your dog, a hair dryer can be a great tool to have on hand. While it may seem counterintuitive, the dryer’s hot air will remove moisture from their fur more quickly than simply using towels alone.
Just make sure that you use your hair dryer on its lowest setting (and never point it at their face!) and only give them quick blasts rather than holding it in one place for an extended period – this can cause burning or discomfort!
4. Don’t Forget to Clip the Nails
When left to overgrow, the nails can cause pain and discomfort to your dog. Not only that, but it can as well damage their paws and increase the risk of infection. Usually, you have to trim them every two weeks, but if they are constantly being used on hard surfaces, you might need to do it more often than usual.
Try filing down first before cutting off with nail clippers or scissors, which will lessen the chances of getting into accidents like clipping too deep, leading to bleeding. If this does happen, make sure not to leave any sharp edges since these could catch easily in carpeting, making your dog bleed again when moving around or be at a higher risk for hurting themselves by accidentally puncturing another object such as shoes, furniture, etc.
5. Don’t Forget To Clean Their Ears
When cleaning your dog’s ears, make sure to use a special cleanser that is specially formulated for them. Never clean their ears with water or cotton swabs because this might push the wax further into the ear canal where cleaners cannot reach it. Cleaning should only take about two minutes, so don’t overdo it as doing so can cause pain and discomfort to your pet, especially if they have sensitive skin.
6. Don’t Forget To Brush Their Teeth
Like humans, dogs also need good dental hygiene habits to maintain optimal health. If not brushed regularly, plaque will build upon their teeth, leading to gum disease, which could eventually lead to tooth loss since there isn’t anything left holding them in place. Therefore, you should brush your dog’s teeth at least once a day using toothpaste that is safe for them.
Grooming your dog is not just important, but it’s also necessary. It doesn’t matter how often you brush your dog or comb its hair; there are certain instances when grooming is a must for them to look their best at all times. If you have never groomed your dog before and do not know where to start from, this article shares some valuable things you need to know before you do. Hopefully, these ideas will help make the process easier and less daunting for you. Happy Grooming!