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Easy Tips For At-Home Dog Grooming

Updated: Feb 22

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Embarking on the journey of dog grooming at home

might tempt you to wield clippers for a DIY dog haircut. However, if you're new to this endeavour, it's wise to think twice. Not only can it pose potential safety hazards, but we're confident your dog won't exactly embrace their newfound style (we've all got our share of memories from DIY haircuts!) Ensuring your small breed dog maintains a well-groomed appearance has been a bit challenging.

But don't worry, we've connected with our local professional Dog Groomers to provide you with some valuable insights into home dog grooming. Remember, while cleanliness is crucial, over-bathing can adversely affect a dog's skin.

Regular Dog Brushing

Consistent brushing and combing work wonders in preventing matting. It's recommended to include a slicker brush in your home dog grooming toolkit—it's a must-have tool!

Opt for one without ball-tipped bristles to ensure effective brushing through your small breed dog's coat, rather than merely skimming the surface. Finish off the brushing routine with a metal comb. If the comb glides through your dog's fur roots with ease, you're definitely on the right track!

Use a Dog Coat Conditioner

Bathing your dog significantly aids in detangling and dirt removal. A good quality dog conditioner softens the coat, enhancing manageability. For tangles, a dog de-matting spray, like For All Dogkind's Detangler, works wonders when applied to wet dogs. Just spritz the targeted areas, gently brush through, and proceed to drying.

Drying Process

After a gentle brush, it's time for the drying phase! Instead of vigorous towel rubbing, which could worsen matting, opt for a "blotting" technique—wrap your dog in a towel and gently pat them dry.

Infuse Fun into Dog Grooming

If your dog isn't a fan of brushing or tends to squirm, an incremental approach with frequent sessions accompanied by ample praise and treats can make the process enjoyable!

Dog grooming is a multifaceted task that demands expertise, and seeking professional assistance is always a prudent choice.

We hope these home dog grooming tips will be a valuable resource. Should you have any queries, our Dog Nannies are readily available to provide insights about dog grooming.

How to relieve dog itching after grooming home remedies?

After grooming your dog at home, it's not uncommon for them to experience itching or irritation, especially if their skin is sensitive or if there is residual shampoo or product left on their fur.

You can try several home remedies to help relieve your dog's itching discomfort.

Rinsing your dog thoroughly with lukewarm water efficiently eliminates shampoo or conditioner residue that could still hurt their skin.

You can also try applying a soothing oatmeal bath or aloe vera gel to calm irritated skin and reduce itching.

To minimise future discomfort, consider using a hypoallergenic grooming product designed especially for sensitive skin.

See your veterinarian for additional assessment and treatment options if your dog's itching continues or worsens.

How to keep a dog still while grooming at home?

How to restrain a dog while grooming at home?

Keeping your dog still while grooming at home is essential for both their safety and the effectiveness of the grooming session.

You can use several techniques to help restrain your dog calmly during grooming.

Positive reinforcement training is one way to assist your dog in remaining quiet and cooperative while grooming by teaching them to link the activity with good things like praise or goodies.

You can also use grooming aids such as grooming tables with built-in restraints or grooming arm attachments to secure your dog in place safely.

Additionally, consider enlisting the help of a second person to assist with holding or comforting your dog while you groom them. It's essential to approach grooming with patience, gentleness, and consistency to ensure a stress-free experience for your dog and yourself.

How to sharpen dog grooming scissors at home?

Sharp grooming scissors are essential for achieving clean and precise cuts while grooming your dog at home.

You will need a sharpening stone or a dedicated scissor tool to sharpen your dog grooming scissors at home.

With the cutting edge pointing upward and the blade facing away from you, begin by gripping the scissors firmly in your hand.

Then, using light pressure, travel from the blade's base to its tip by running the sharpening stone or tool over the scissors' cutting edge at a constant angle.

Repeat this procedure on both sides until the blade reaches the appropriate level of sharpness.

Be sure to wipe away any metal shavings or debris from the scissors before use, and always exercise caution when handling sharp objects.

If you need more clarification about sharpening your scissors at home, consider seeking assistance from a professional sharpening service or groomer to ensure optimal results.

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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