Grooming a dog is not an easy task. Depending on the breed of dog you have; you have to consider the type of hair your pet has, the style that you simply wish, and how your pet acts when being groomed. I adopted a little breed, a Maltese, several years ago and I have groomed him myself along him professionally groomed. She has gone from having long hair, being a show dog, to now creating a “puppy cut”.
Becoming prepared before you begin dog grooming is essential. Also, consider the time allowed. If you are a beginner, this will be something you require a couple of hours to do. Below are a few things I have found necessary to get ready before hand, as well as what to do during the grooming process.
Having Proper Grooming your dog Tools
Good quality clippers – Here is the most important of all tools you’ll need. Don’t go out and buy the least expensive ones you can get, here you really get what you pay for. Also, make sure they come with different length or changeable blades. Plastic guards, as what you’ll get with human hair clippers, simply do not work (this is especially true with dog’s that don’t have an under coat).
Pin Brush – They’re great for long-haired dogs and helpful kids out tangles and mats. Be certain they have a rubber base on the pins for flexibility, because it is easier for you and more comfortable on your dog.
Slicker Brush – Perfect for finishing your dog grooming session, giving your pet a great look.
Comb – For usage on the face of your dog, this tool is a must. It’s much easier to get around the eyes, nose, and mouth without injuring your new puppy like a wire pin brush could do.
Hair dryer – Good for drying long-haired dogs, but make sure you use a low warm setting as not to burn your dog. Also, always dry your animal’s hair before cutting and brushing.
Finishing Spray/Detangler – With respect to the breed of dog, you may end up getting hair that is not laying down properly due to static electricity and a good finishing spray can offer the perfect ending touch.
Preparing The Dog for the Grooming Session.
Fully brush your pet before giving them a bath. This will make bathing easier so when using proper shampoos and conditioners your dog’s hair and skin will appearance and feel great.
Consider the shampoo you utilize. Many dogs are responsive to the harsh chemicals in pet shampoos. Using natural, oatmeal based, or hypoallergenic shampoos are the most useful.
Use conditioner. I have discovered that this is so helpful kids your dog during the drying process. Your hair dries faster and it is easier to brush.
A person to assist
Grooming the underside of the dog, inside of arms and legs, and grooming the sanitary areas is quite difficult. If you get an assistant they can hold the dog in mid-air so this task so that it can be done with ease.
Your assistant can talk to the dog, keeping it calm and distracting it while you’re grooming.
Last and most importantly, take your time. Understand this can be a stressful situation not just for you but for your furry friend as well. It’s important to not go fast and cut or injure your pet, and you will inevitably want to do a lot of clipping and edit work to get the look you try to achieve.
It takes me about 2 1/2 hours even with each of the proper tools along with the aid of an assistant to groom out Maltese. Mentioned previously earlier, our dog gets a “puppy cut” and I will continue clipping and touching up areas even one or two days later easily see something I missed.
I now give Whirly, my Maltese that’s also the model at Whirly Dog Supplies, pet clothes and dog apparel online store, a “puppy cut” which both we enjoy the most, since it requires less to maintain up between grooming sessions.
Remember, dog grooming is a tough job however with time, patience, proper tools, plus a little help from a friend of family member, it’s extremely much easier and less stressful to suit your needs and your pet. I would love to hear the experiences a person has had when grooming your dog and exactly how you managed the work.