How To Groom Your Dog: Check The Steps Here

One of the responsibilities of being a pet owner is to groom your dog. You can ask a professional groomer to do it for you but if you want to save money, try grooming your dog yourself. It’s actually easy if you know the essentials on how to groom your dog properly.

Grooming is important because it can help make your dog comfortable, happy, and healthy. Because I am living far away from a dog grooming salon, I attempted groom my dog myself. I thought of going to share what I’ve learned so far from bathing, nail clipping, eye care, ear cleaning, hair brushing, teeth brushing, and hair trimming.

What You’ll Need

  • Brushes And Combs
  • Treats
  • Moist Cotton Swab
  • Ear Cleaning Solution
  • Cotton Ball
  • Dog Toothbrush
  • Dog Toothpaste
  • Dog Nail Clippers
  • Dog Shampoo
  • Lukewarm Water
  • Cup
  • Non-Slip Bath Mat (Optional)
  • Leash
  • Dog Grooming Clippers

It’s normal that your dog has earwax but it becomes a different story if it has an odor. To groom the ears of your dog, you need an ear cleaning solution. You can buy this at a major pet supply stores.

What I use is the Happy Dog Zone Ear Cleaning Solution. Regardless of brand, look for a solution that’s made of natural ingredients.

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via Amazon

Step-By- Step Instructions On How To Groom Your Dog

1

Brush Your Dog’s Hair

Begin by combing your dog’s hair thoroughly to remove any mats. Start on the head and move lower to the body. Be gentle under the belly because it’s quite sensitive anddon’t forget the tail.

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If you encounter a tangle, use a slicker brush to smooth it out. Don’t pull it out because this could be painful for your dog. Avoid brushing your dog for too long in the similar spot because it causes brush burn. While brushing, praise your dog and reward him with treats if he’s calm and quiet.

2

Check His Eyes

This step is especially important for white-haired breeds or dogs with large eyes because they need more eye maintenance. Check for tear stains, which often manifest as reddish-brown streaks under your dog’s eyes. If your dog has tear stains visit your vet for proper treatment.

Your dog has healthy eyes if they’re clear and free from any signs of discharge or irritation. Regardless of the breed, clean your dog’s eyes every day with a moist cotton swab or cloth. You can let your children do it for you if you want.

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Clean His Ears

To clean your pet’s ears, get a cotton ball or cloth and soak it with some ear cleaning solution. Before you bring the cotton soaked with the solution into your dog’s ear, bring it to body temperature. Don’t apply it while still cold because it can shock your dog.

Wipe the inner ear gently, not vigorously because it can cause sores. You should clean only on what you can see. Never push too far or you might hurt his eardrum. Once done, dry it with a dry cotton ball and don’t forget to praise him. Clean his ears about once weekly.

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Brush His Teeth

If it’s your dog’s first time, let him get used to the brushing activity by putting a small amount of dog toothpaste on your finger. Spread the toothpaste across his teeth for a couple of seconds and reward him with a treat for cooperating.

Once your dog allows you to work your finger in his teeth for a half minute, you can let him use a dog toothbrush. Brush his teeth daily.

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Clip The Nails

If the nails of your dog are already long, clip it using a pair of dog nail clippers. If your dog has clear nails, you’re lucky because you can see the quick visibly. Cut the nails avoiding the pink part.

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Dark nails are a different story. You need to take extra care not to clip the blood vessel because they can’t be seen. Cut a little at a time and stop when the cut surface becomes black.

6

Bathe Your Dog

Put a non-slip mat on the bottom of the tub. Fill the tub with lukewarm water about 3-4 inches and place your dog in it. Use a cup to pour water from the tub over him.

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If your dog isn’t afraid of running water, you can use a hose or a spray nozzle. Avoid pouring water on your dog’s ears because it can cause an infection.

Once your dog’s coat is fully wet, get the dog shampoo and lather. Start at the neck move below the body toward his legs. Use your fingers to work the shampoo down to the skin. Shampoo the head last.

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Rinse your dog by pouring water over him with a cup or using a spray nozzle. Dry your dog with the towel and air dry. If your dog has a long hair, you may dry his coat while brushing it. Bathe your dog every 2-4 months.

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Clip The Hair

Using a noiseless dog grooming clippers, trim your dog’s hair coat. Restrain him with a leash and clip methodically. Start at the neck, then run the clippers down to the shoulders, chin, chest areas, legs, belly, and face. Run the clippers against the growth of the hair if you want to leave a shorter length.

Watch how to clip your shaggy-haired dog in this

Pro Tips

  • Give your dog a break when grooming. You don’t want to get him overwhelmed because he may develop a negative association on grooming in the future. Instead, make it fun by giving him treats, praise, and a bit of play.
  • If you accidentally cut the quick of your dog’s nail, stop the bleeding with styptic powder or stick. Alternatively, you can use cornstarch, flour, or baking soda.
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Final Thought

Did you have fun learning the steps on how to groom your dog properly like a pro? At first, I thought that grooming my dog would be difficult but with the proper tools, you can do it easily. I even saved a lot of money from being the professional groomer for my dog.

If you have tried to groom your dog, let us know your experience in the commentsection. Don’t forget to share this article with your friends if you like it.

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