Expert Do’s and Don’t for Grooming at Home

Maintaining your dog’s coat in between professional grooms is important. Not only will it allow the groomer to achieve better results for you and your dog, but it can also shorten time spent at the groomers, and make the experience a more pleasant one for your pet.

 

Here are our top tips for grooming your dog at home:

 

Do’s

 

1. Do gather all your equipment together before you start. This will make the whole grooming process quicker and easier for both of you.
2. Do invest in the right brush for your dog’s coat type. A slicker brush is the ideal multi-purpose tool for most coats, although for very short, smooth coats a bristle brush is more suitable.
3. Do brush your dog before bathing. This is a vital step especially for longer coats, as any tangles will tighten when wet, making them very difficult to remove.
4. Do research standard blade lengths if you plan to clip your dog. There are various blades available – ensure you choose the correct length for your breed by completing thorough research before you begin. Andis have a helpful blade guide detailing the clipping needs of key breeds; alternatively call our sales team on 0845 230 7997 and we will happily advise you on the correct blade for your needs.
5. Do use bullnose scissors if new to scissoring. These scissors have rounded tips and so are safer if you are new to scissoring. This is especially important if trimming around sensitive areas such as the face or paws.

 

Don’ts

 

1. Don’t attempt hand stripping at home without seeking advice or training first. Hand stripping can be a tricky technique and should ideally be completed by a professional, but if you are certain you want to try it at home ensure you have the technique demonstrated to you by either a professional groomer or a breeder first.
2. Don’t forget your dog’s ears. When grooming, check that your dog’s ears look and smell clean, then gently wipe around the ear area using cotton wool and an appropriate canine ear cleaner. You could also use bullnose scissors to carefully trim excess hair as necessary. Also, ensure you do not insert anything directly into your dog’s ear canal.
3. Don’t be afraid to trim your dog’s nails. Many owners are concerned with nail trimming – but it is a vital element of dog grooming, and perfectly possible to do at home. Introduce the technique gently – perhaps doing one foot at a time, and perhaps invest in a nail grinder which is a little more gentle than traditional nail clippers. Be mindful of the quick – try trimming your dog’s light coloured nails first as guide – and be sure to have some styptic powder to stem any accidental bleeding.
4. Don’t forget to give your dog a quick health check when grooming. This is the perfect opportunity to check your dog’s skin and coat health, including a check for fleas and ticks, and you can also check for any concerning lumps or tender areas that may need further attention.
5. Don’t forget to offer positive encouragement throughout. Offer treats, praise and plenty of breaks from grooming to make the experience more pleasant for your dog.

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