Do It Yourself Dog Grooming

Simple Home Dog Grooming Tips For The Uninitiated

do-it-yourself-dog groomingDo it yourself dog grooming is an ideal way to bond with your dog and  keep them healthy Dog grooming doesn't have to be hard so why not learn to groom a dog yourself.

Do It Yourself Dog Grooming

The Benefits

Dog Grooming is a vital part of knowing how to take care of dogs properly and like most aspects of good dog care is something you really need to factor in if you want to be a responsible dog owner.

Do it yourself dog grooming doesn't have to be difficult  and there are many easy to groom dog breeds around, especially if you don't want to spend lots of time or money keeping your furry pal in tip top condition

An often overlooked part of home dog grooming is the sense of bonding and connection created between you and your faithful friend, it can be a relaxing enjoyable past time for all concerned, not only will your dog be more comfortable with you in a familiar environment, but it will also give you the opportunity to check out  your dog’s overall physical shape.

The condition of your dog’s coat and skin can offer important clues or pointers to any underlying problems he may have, greasy or flaky skin, a dull lacklustre coat may be clues that your dog is unwell, prompting a visit to the vet.

The act of grooming not only stimulates your dog’s skin and coat to grow healthily but can reduce the chance of certain skin problems developing, it  also affords  you  the opportunity to check for any lumps, bumps, cuts or crawling beastie's he may have picked up on their  adventures.

Bathing A Dog

Do it yourself dog grooming, bathing the dogBathing a dog is probably best done outdoors in the garden or yard if possible, either with a hosepipe or doused in water from a bucket. Outdoors on a warm day is preferable, though if you have to use the bath tub or shower use warm rather than hot water.

Make sure you use a mild shampoo which is well diluted,  especially if the dog isn’t filthy and always ensure he is well rinsed with clean water afterwards  so that no shampoo residue remains behind to irritate the skin.

Remember; dogs generally do not require frequent baths and the detergent in shampoo can strip a coat of its naturally protective oils if used too often.

A Beginner's Primer

do-it-yourself-dog groomingMake sure you check your dog’s ears regularly for mites, fungal growth or waxy buildup and pay particular attention if your dog is droopy eared, as the warm moist cosiness of the flapped ear can be a real paradise for such unpleasantness.

Another dog grooming tip would be to  check out his teeth gums and mouth, especially if he has the kind of fetid breath that can strip wall-paper at 30 ft.

Dogs don't have ' bad breath' naturally and it but may symptomatic of gum disease, ulcers or an access. Besides bad odour look out for inflammation around the gums, blood in the mouth  and around the teeth or any discolouration.

Dry Brushing

Dogs love a good brush so regulardo it yourself dog grooming equipment grooming strengthens the bond between dog and owner,

The frequency with which you need to brush your dog and the types of brushes you use very much depends on the length and density of its coat, but I think a brush every 2-3  weeks should be considered a minimum.

A good brushing not only carries out the vital task of keeping his coat in tip top condition, free of mats, knots, or foreign matter but also stimulates the dogs oil producing glands as well as massaging his muscles.

Don’t press too hard against the dog’s coat as you brush in order to avoid scraping the skin. When you come across a mat or ‘clogger’ in the fur, try to work it loose by holding it tight to your dog’s skin and and inserting the comb. If this proves impossible then consider cutting the mat out with some small scissors. Once doggy is smooth and clog free then comb him all the way through to the skin

There are a number of brushes available and depending on the type of coat your dog has will influence the type of brushing you do.

Nail trimming

Ndo-it-yourself-dog grooming, trimming nailsail trimming is an essential part of do it yourself dog grooming. If you allow your dog’s nails to grow too long they will eventually start to curl inward on themselves making it uncomfortable to walk, in extreme cases they can start growing back into the dogs paw pad crippling the dog and causing infection and extreme pain.

Many new dog owners are initially nervous about trimming their dog’s nails, but if you are confident and understand the right technique then it really isn't too hard. The main thing to remember is that if you are calm then your dog is calm, and these dog grooming tips for trimming Rover’s nails should get you started.

First, get yourself a simple set of doggy clippers, you know his nails need trimming when 'Fido' starts making that 'clicky-clacky sound with his toes when he walks a cross a hard surface.

The simple rule is don’t cut too close to the dog’s nail quick as this has a nerve and blood supply rather like your own nails, snipping into that will cause your dog pain and it will bleed.

In clear nails the quick is clearly visible as a darker or pinker area but with black and brown nails the quick is invisible, so you will need to take very small measured snips to minimise the chance of hurting your favourite furry pal.

When all said anddoing the dog grooming yourself might not be your thing and there lots of ways to go about grooming your dog. Show dogs or specialist breeds may take a lot of work and effort or money spent down at the doggy parlour to get perfect results. But  if you are just looking to do right by your pooch and keep him spruce and spangly, then a simple  do it yourself dog grooming routine as highlighted on this page will be an excellent starting point .

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