While we love to take our dogs to the groomers and let them do their great work, it can become expensive and time consuming. Maybe it’s time to give it a try at home! While not all dogs will allow you to groom them at home, some dogs actually like it. If you try to make it a fun and positive experience, it could be a great bonding experience for you and your pup.
Below are some tips on how to groom your dog at home.
Brush your dog first
Always brush your dog first and do it thoroughly. Start brushing his coat and then onto his or her neck and move down his body, under his belly, and on his tail. You can even use a human comb or hair brush. Stroke his coat gently with the brush to make the hairs lie flat. After, praise your dog and give him a treat for being a good sport.
Get your dog into the tub
Getting your dog into the tub can be a challenge, but first fill the tub with water and then try to get your dog into the tub. Call your pup in a sweet voice and pick him up and place him in the tub. Always be sure that your dog’s collar is off and try not to replace it until later that day.
Thoroughly wet down your dog. If you have a medium or large dog, or one with a double coat, a water pressure device or hose attachment can help you clean all parts of your dog's body with ease. Just don't force it on your pup if he seems to be sensitive to the sound of it.
Start shampooing at the neck and move downward. Shampoos will always be easier to apply and rinse off if they are first diluted in water. When you are shampooing a certain area, give it a few squirts and use your hand to spread the shampoo. Save the head for last and don't actually use soap around the ears and eyes. Be careful around the nose and mouth too. Try to make it like a full body massage and your dog will love it!
Thoroughly rinse your dog until all the dirt and shampoo is gone. Shampoo left in his or her coat can cause hot spots, an irritating spot of bald, itchy, red skin.
The Drying Process
Grab a towel and dry your dog’s fur the best that you can. If your dog has a very short coat or you prefer to let your dog's coat dry naturally, you're done. Your dog might wrestle you a bit with the towel, but try to make it fun for him or her.
For dogs with long hair, try to blow dry his or her fur without completely drying him out. If you have a dog with especially long hair, you might need to blow dry his or her coat while brushing him. (Always make sure the blow dryer is on a cool setting). Make sure to praise and reward your dog after grooming him or her for being a good sport. Give your dog a treat and his favorite toy to make the experience a positive one. Happy Grooming!