Do you know that your dog also needs grooming? Just like you and any other person, animals need proper care to stay healthy and happy.
The good news is that you can do it easily at home. In this blog, we have discussed some easy-to-follow ways of grooming your dog at home.
Dog grooming is the process of looking after the dog and involves several steps like bathing, brushing your dog, and clipping of the nails with the help of nail clippers. The dog owners either do all the grooming themselves or take their beloved canine to a professional dog groomer.
Since this grooming involves several steps. also involves using different types of tools and products that we will discuss in the later sections.
If it has hair, which all dogs have, then it needs grooming. Usually, most of the do0gs have heavy fur coats and we love them for it. However, these lovely fur babies need proper care also. There have been cases in which dogs suffered due to matted hair and unclipped nails.
Therefore, if you want to keep your dog’s ‘beauty’ untinted then grooming is an absolute must. And you can do it at home also.
We know that grooming a dog at home is not everyone’s thing but with a little planning and care, you can do it successfully. Your dog is one of your best friends and someone with whom you spend most of your time.
This is why it is important that you care for it properly and make sure that it is healthy and presentable all the time.
Follow the following steps to have a perfect grooming schedule for your dog.
Grooming your dog is a complete project. Before beginning, make sure that you have all the supplies and tools in line. Some of the basic tools that you will need to groom and care for your dog are brushes, according to the length of your dog’s hair, clippers, dog shampoo and conditioner, bathtub and dryer.
You should keep everything in your reach so that you do not have to go in and out of the bathing area.
Safety is important for you and your animal. Choose a safe and well lit for the grooming. Avoid tying them up to limit their movement and keep the process as smooth as possible. We know that you love to give hugs and brush their hair but you can do it after you are done grooming also.
The idea here is to stay as focused as possible.
Matted hair is a BIG problem. This is why we suggest that you brush your dog regularly. The dog’s hair gets matted and tangled when it is not properly groomed and brushed. In case this has happened with your dog, you need to be very careful now.
The best way to do it is to take him to a professional but if you want to do it yourself, start slow.
How would you detangle your own hair? You take small sections, comb slowly and you never try to cut, shampoo or wash them. Same goes for your dog, use corn starch and a slick brush to work these matted hair out.
Long haired dogs need more care than short haired dogs. Long hair is more prone to tangles and matting and this is why we highly recommend that you brush and comb them regularly. Use clippers for cutting the hair if you do not long hair and avoid shaving your dog completely.
For the ones who would like to have a ‘stylish look’ on their dog, take it to a professional and, please do not try any haircut on it yourself.
The best way of doing it is to stay calm yourself. A pet or an emotional support animal mirrors its owner's feelings and emotions. So , if you are tense and stressed, your dog or cat will be too. Instead of trying to do everything, make a checklist of the entire process and tick the activities out one by one.
Keep a close eye on your dog and look for any possible warning signs like trembling and whining without any obvious reasons. Some dogs love their cleaning and grooming sessions while others are not a big fan of it. If your dog is from the other category then it is better that you take reasonable breaks between it.
Always brush your dog before bathing. Dogs with very soft and long hair may have dead hair tangled with the live ones. This tangled hair could turn real bad if you try to wash them this way.
If you have a long haired dog then brushing it before bath time is important. Just like the people with long hair need more care and combing before washing, the dogs need it too.
Buy a high quality brush that is suitable for your dog’s hair and use it to groom it and brush before giving the bath.
Does your dog loves to splash water when in the bath? Many dogs love to play in the water while others may despise it. The best way of doing it is to bathe your dog outside, your backyard will be a great place, and use mildly hot water for it. Many people like to use a shower head or faucet for it but the best way is to bathe it in a bathtub.
Your ESA dog is like a kid and you should treat it like one. If it does not like its cleaning sessions then take breaks in between. Use special dog shampoo and anti-slip mats to avoid any accidents. Before bathing dirt yourself, it would be good if you would work with a specialist to understand it properly.
Just like bathing, drying is equally important for Coco. Dogs have thicker coats and need more time to dry out completely. For drying, you can use a dryer or take your dog out in the sunlight, if you have a lawn. Run your hand through the hair and don't use brush or comb in overly wet hair.
Unlike humans, trying to brush through the wet hair could tangle the hair and this is really painful for your dog.
Trimming the nails of your ESA dog or cat is important for hygienic purposes. Nails that are are of light colors are easier to cut as compared to that of dark nails. The reason is that the blood vessels that supply blood to the claws of dog’s body are easier to see with light colored claws.
Make sure that you have a pet care tool kit including all the necessities. While trimming the nails, ensure that the tool kit includes Styptic powder. The powder is used to control bleeding caused during trimming of nails.
However, doing it yourself could be dangerous since you may not know where and when to stop. Taking Coco to a professional is a much better choice. Since they are trained for the job, they know how to do it safely.
Dog’s ears are very, VERY, sensitive and they need extra care and attention. When giving Coco the bath, make sure that you have put cotton balls into the ears to absorb the water. Besides, you will need to clean wax out of the ears.
For dogs with long drooping ears, regular brushing is important to keep them clean and fit. Dogs love to roam around and this activity exposes them to numerous situations. Therefore, clean and brush the ears regularly.
If you find the 'dog grooming at home' process way too time consuming or something that you are not sure about then taking your dog to a professional groomer is a better decision.
Do you know that not grooming your dog or cat could have severe consequences? There have been cases where an animal is left in a painful situation due to poor grooming.
To know more, read below.
Poor grooming could lead to building of dirt in your dog's coat and on its skin. One of the main benefits of bathing Coco is that it will help in getting rid of all the dirt and grime. Coco spends days playing and rolling on the floor and this makes him prone to dirt.
Make a proper bathing and grooming schedule to keep him this way.
Dogs and cats have heavy furs. These furs needs proper grooming like brushing to stay healthy, shiny and tangle free. Matting is a common problem in dogs and cats and if left unattended, it could lead to a number of other problems.
Extreme matting could hinder the movements, giving way to bed sores and rotting. Ingrown hair and dead hair results in dog’s skin bumps and swelling, which is very painful.
Long nails are uncomfortable for your beloved Coco. Trimming hair is important if you want to keep your dog jumping and running in joy. Due to long nails, your dog may start walking sideways. This could lead to bone deformation and other issues.
Trimming the dog nails yourself comes with high risks because you may not know when to stop. The best option? Take it to a professional groomer.
Having an ESA helps with a number of emotional and mental problems. While it is easy to get an emotional support animal with an ESA letter by filling in our online form, you must also take care of your companion animal as well. After all, they deserve all the love and care for everything they do for us.
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