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Free Guide To Dog Grooming Your Small Breed Dog

Updated: Feb 22

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Dog Grooming Simplified: A Quick Step-by-Step Guide

Regular grooming is a vital part of responsible dog ownership

promoting both the well-being and appearance of your small breed dog.

This process not only leaves your dog feeling its best but also provides an opportunity to inspect its coat, teeth, eyes, ears, and nails for signs of potential health or hygiene issues.


"Regular grooming is vital for your dog's comfort and welfare, as well as being an enjoyable way to build up a strong bond between you and your dog. It will also help ensure your dog is happy and comfortable being handled by others, including your vet." - Guide Dogs


Grooming techniques

may vary based on factors such as your dog's size, breed, and coat type. To help you, we've outlined a concise step-by-step guide to dog grooming:

Step 1: Dog Health & Coat Check

Begin by thoroughly examining your dog's coat and overall dog health.

Note any visible health concerns, health conditions or allergies.

Check the condition of the coat, keeping an eye out for matting or tangles.

Step 2: Dog Bath

Gently place your dog in the bath or provide easy access using steps.

Ensure the water temperature is comfortable, and dilute dog shampoo as needed.

Begin bathing, avoiding the eyes and focusing on areas prone to dirt and grease.

Pat your dog dry with a towel and use a grooming blaster to remove excess water.

Transfer your dog to a grooming table, ensuring their safety with appropriate restraints.

Step 3: Drying & Preparation

Continue with a grooming blaster if necessary, followed by a standing/finishing dryer.

Pay careful attention to thoroughly dry the coat, including hard-to-reach areas.

Trim nails, clean ears, and clip paw pads and hygiene areas.

Step 4: Clipping, Scissoring & Styling

Choose the right blade and comb attachment for clipping. Clip the coat in the direction of growth, avoiding clipper lines. Utilise scissors for precise areas, ensuring safety and a neat appearance. Complete the cut with attention to details like foot shaping and tidy muzzle. Completing these steps will leave your dog looking and feeling its best.

Always remember that dog grooming is a skill honed through experience, so seek guidance if needed.


What are the steps in the dog grooming process for small breed dogs?

The dog grooming process for small breed dogs typically involves several steps to maintain their coat, nails, ears, and overall hygiene. Here are the essential steps:

1. Brushing: Brush your dog's coat thoroughly to remove tangles, mats, and loose hair.

2. Nail trimming: Carefully trim your dog's nails to a safe length, being cautious not to cut too close to the quick.

3. Ear cleaning: Clean your dog's ears with a damp cloth or ear cleaning solution to remove wax and debris.

4. Bathing: Bathe your dog using a mild dog shampoo to lather and rinse thoroughly to remove all dirt and residue.

5. Drying: Towel dry your dog or use a blow dryer on a low setting to dry their coat completely.

6. Teeth brushing: Brush your dog's teeth with a dog-specific toothbrush and toothpaste to maintain oral hygiene.

7. Hair trimming: Trim any excess hair around your dog's eyes, ears, and paw pads for hygiene and comfort.

8. Rewarding: In the end, give your dog treats and compliments for their cooperation while grooming.

Disclaimer: This article is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for veterinary advice. For specific veterinary dog health advice, contact a veterinary pet healthcare provider.

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Kate is the UK's very own Mary Puppins, a professional Dog Nanny and expert in small breed dogs. With over 30 years' experience and successfully helping high profile celebrity pet parents raise their furry families, Kate shares her top tips with you. Kate guides readers on small breed dogs, dog health, dog training, dog nutrition, dog food, dog walks, dog accessories, dog enrichment, rescue dogs, dog behaviour, dog grooming and the best products for dog mums and dog dads to create the ultimate luxury lifestyle for their small dogs.


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