Grooming your dog is not an easy task because the type of hair the dog has, the style that you wish, and how your pet acts when being groomed should all be considered. Becoming prepared is essential before you begin dog grooming. Also, consider the time allowed since if you are a beginner, this will be something you need a couple of hours to do.
Of all tools you will need, the most important is a good quality clipper. As what you get with human hair clippers, plastic guards simply do not work. Helpful when brushing out tangles and mats and are great for long-haired dogs are pin brushes. For flexibility, be sure they have a rubber base on the pins as it is easier for you and more comfortable for your dog. Giving your dog a great look and also great for finishing your dog grooming session are slicker brushes. On the face of your dog, use a comb which makes it a must have. Whereas Hair dryer is good for drying long-haired dogs, be sure to use a low warm setting as not to burn your dog. Giving them a bath should be done after fully brushing your dog. Bathing will be easier by doing this when using proper shampoos and conditioners your pet’s hair and skin will feel and look great. Using a conditioner, I have found that this is so helpful when brushing your dog during the drying process. The hair dries faster and is easier to brush. The shampoo you use should also be considered because many dogs are sensitive to the harsh chemicals in pet shampoos. All natural, oatmeal based, or hypoallergenic shampoos are the best to use.
The underside of the dog, inside of legs and arms, and grooming the sanitary areas are all extremely difficult to groom. This task can be done with ease if you get an assistant who can hold the dog in the air.
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Understand that for you and your pet, this is a stressful situation. Not going fast and cutting or injuring your dog is important, and you will inevitably need to do a lot of clipping and touch up work to get the look you are trying to achieve.
Just remember, dog grooming is a tough job but it is so much easier and less stressful for you and your pet with time, patience, proper tools, and a little help from a friend of family member. I would love to hear the experiences you have had and how you managed to groom your dog.