While you may be spending more time at home, you may notice your best friend’s coat could use some TLC. Whether you have a puppy or a multi-dog household, you probably know that dog fur can pile up quickly. Naturally, dog grooming at home may not be a simple task for any pet owner. Preparation and daily grooming can be a key factor to help keep your dog happy and healthy. Read on to learn more about dog grooming tips at home to help you and your furry family member.
What you need to know about dog
grooming at home
1.Talk to your veterinarian
The guidance and expertise of your veterinarian can help you determine the best grooming regime for your best friend. Also, depending on your dog’s breed they may need extra care when it comes to their coat, skin, and nails. For example, a Great Pyrenees dog breed may have different grooming needs than a Chihuahua. Further, take into consideration your dog’s age, breed, and weight and consider your options suggested by your veterinarian.
2.Take your time
Your dog may be unsure of taking a bath. Consider slowly introducing them to the new activity. In fact, not all dogs like water or like their paws being touched. Also, by taking your time bathing or brushing your dog it may help them become used to the situation. Try giving your dog treats for a positive experience.
3.Leave the cutting and clipping to the professionals
Although it may be tempting, consider waiting for your pet groomer to cut your dog’s fur. Naturally, you want your dog to feel their best, but it may result in a trip to the veterinarian. From lacerations to skin infections, haircuts at home may do your pet’s more harm than good. If you have any concerns, reach out to your veterinarian. They can recommend the best course of action for your best friend.
4.Stock up on supplies
Dog grooming at home would not be complete without all your pet grooming tools. Also, you never know when you may need to wash or brush your furry friend.
For example, essential items like a brush, dog shampoo, de-shedding tool, dog drying towel, and grooming wipes are great to have handy when you need them.
Consider stocking up to avoid running out of your furry friend’s favorite pet products. Further, pet tech tools are becoming a popular trend during pet bath time.
Dog grooming at home may be a new experience
for the entire family
A positive grooming experience may help your pet’s overall wellness. After all, a clean dog is a happy dog. Also, taking the time to groom your dog may help you bond with your furry friend. Just remember, it’s a new experience for the entire family, so give everyone time to get used to the new activity. But by talking to your veterinarian and getting on a daily grooming schedule, you and your best friend will be grooming professionals in no time at all!
What do you find helpful when
grooming your dog at home? Tell us in the comments below!
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