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Professional Dog Grooming Tips
Taking your dog to the groomer can get expensive, fast. We have some professional dog grooming tips that you can utilize at home that will save you both time and money.
We all want our dogs to look and feel their best, but is it possible to achieve professional quality grooming at home? It is if you follow our tips and tricks of the trade.
Dog Grooming Supplies
We compiled a list of dog grooming supplies that you should have at the ready before beginning the grooming process:
-Non-slip bathtub mat
-Handheld shower sprayer
-Hair trap for drain
-Dog nail clippers
Brush Before Bathing
The first step in your at home grooming routine should be to brush your dog’s fur out. Many dogs, especially those with long hair, are prone to mats and tangles; these should be brushed out before the bathing process begins.
We recommend using cornstarch to help detangle. Simply sprinkle the cornstarch directly on to the mat or tangle to help loosen the knots before beginning to brush. You can use a brush or a comb, whichever works better for your dog’s fur to help loosen the tangle.
Additionally, if you have a dog with any white patches on their fur, you can use the as a whitener. Sprinkle the cornstarch onto the white patch and brush it through to reveal a dazzling white.
Not only do you want to brush out any tangles or mats in your dog’s fur, you will want to brush his entire body out. Brushing prior to bathing with help make bath time quicker and easier.
Brushing also helps to rid the fur of any shedding hair which means that hair will not end up in the bottom of your bathtub. Your drying time after the bath will be reduced too!
Many professional groomers use a series of combs and brushes as part of the pre-bath brushing process that looks similar to this:
-A plastic bristle brush is used to break up mats
-Next, a slicker brush is used to remove any loose hairs
-Lastly, a pin brush and comb is used to smooth the fur out
It is not necessary that you use this specific three brush approach to grooming your dog, however, these tools can all be found at a dog grooming supplies store.
Choosing the Best Dog Shampoo
After your dog is fully brushed out and tangle free, it is time to begin the bathing process. With so many dog shampoos on the market, it can be tough to know which the best is.
The truth is, choosing the best dog shampoo for your dog will depend greatly on your dog’s hair and skin condition.
Does your dog have sensitive skin? Just like humans, dogs can have allergies and sensitivities to certain ingredients, which is why we created our hypoallergenic dog shampoo.
If you discover that your dog has dry and/or sensitive skin, choose a dog shampoo that is all natural and contains oatmeal. Look for a shampoo that has all natural ingredients and is soap free, so it does not cause further damage or irritation.
Have a dog that sheds a lot? There are shampoos for that too! Choose a dog shampoo that is engineered to reduce shedding and promote a healthy coat. You can read more tips on shedding here.
There are also shampoos designed with puppies in mind that are tear free and gentle for even the tiniest of pups.
There are so many shampoo options, finding the best dog shampoo will require that you evaluate your dog’s skin and fur condition in order to determine which kind to buy.
Now that you are armed with the perfect shampoo for your pooch, you are ready to start the bath. Most people choose to bathe their dogs inside their homes, usually right in their bathtubs.
When it comes to bathing a dog in your bathtub, it is extremely helpful if you have a handheld shower sprayer that you can detach and bring down close to the dog. If not, a cup or bucket will also do the trick.
Be sure that the tub is safe for your dog by applying a non-slip mat to the bottom. Many dogs get skittish in the tub and can slip and hurt themselves if there is no protection from the bottom of the tub.
There are also suction cup bathing tethers available at most pet stores that you can use to hold your dog in place during the bath. These are a great option for the dogs who truly dislike baths and try to scratch and claw their way out.
Begin the bath by soaking the entire coat with water. Next, apply the shampoo all throughout your pet’s coat, being sure to scrub it in good.
Once the whole body has been scrubbed with shampoo, rinse thoroughly. Try not to leave any shampoo residue on your dog’s coat or skin as it can cause irritation.
Dry, Clip and Trim
Now that your dog is squeaky clean, it is time to dry him off and apply a couple of finishing touches.
You can use a hairdryer on the lowest setting to slowly and carefully dry your dog’s fur. Remember to make sure that the air is not too close to their skin as it can burn them.
You also have the option of letting your pet’s fur air dry. Just be warned that most dogs do not like being wet and will likely roll around on your couches and rugs in an attempt to get the water off of them.
Dogs are also particularly fond of going outside and rolling in the mud after a bath to try to get the clean smell off. We recommend keeping your dog inside if possible until he is mostly dried off.
After your dog is dried, it is the perfect time to do any minor hair clipping that may need to be done. If your dog has any long or stray hairs around his face or ears, you can use a small bush and scissors to carefully cut it away.
This is also a great time to clip your dog’s’ nails back carefully using dog nail clippers.
We hope that these professional dog grooming tips help you to save some time and money at the groomer while keeping your dog looking his or her best!