Some people that own dogs are going to take them to a professional in order to bathe them and groom them regularly. This can be quite expensive, however, although the results are often well worth it. If you are considering doing some of this grooming on your own, there are some tips that can be followed which will help to make it easier for the entire process to take place. This will not only allow you to achieve professional results once you get the hang of it, it will also be less stressful for the animal because they will receive the treatments at home. Here are some of those tips that need to be considered.
First of all, you need to understand that there are a variety of pet grooming products that are available. Not all of those products, however, are going to be healthy for the animal. You need to choose a responsible company that develops products that are going to be less harmful for the dog as they will often be in contact with their skin. The other products that may be used such as brushes and trimmers should also come from quality companies so that you can get the desired results.
One of the first steps in the process is going to be shampooing the dog. There are specific steps that can be used to make this process much easier for you and the dog alike. First of all, you need to wipe down the bath using lukewarm water that will be comfortable for the animal. You should then shampoo the animal from its face to its tail and afterward, allow the shampoo to sit for several minutes. This will let it do its work of cleaning the animal and making sure that it smells fresh. When you rinse the dog, rinse with a washcloth to avoid getting the shampoo in its eyes. Cover the dog immediately with a blanket so it will not shake and throw water throughout the area.
It is also important for you to consider your dog's oral health. Brushing the dog's teeth can be uncomfortable for many pet owners but it can keep problems from occurring at some point down the road. When you first begin to brush your dog's teeth, use your finger with some toothpaste but eventually, began using a soft bristled toothbrush. Once your dog grows accustomed to this type of grooming, it will not have a problem with you doing it regularly.
Finally, there are certain breeds that are going to require more work than others. It may be necessary for you to look into the specific type of grooming that is done for your dog breed so that you can trim its hair and brush it properly. Most dogs do not enjoy the overall process but if you make it pleasant for them, you will have a much easier time of getting it done. You may find that it is something that can be done much more regularly, if you do it at home.
The author of this article is a professional dog trainer who enjoys sharing his knowledge with his readers about pet grooming products. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his two labs (Jack and Jill).