Grooming Your Dog at Home

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With so many people needing to find ways to cut back on expenses these days, affording a dog groomer can be expensive.  But, it doesn't have to be.  With some dog training and a little experience, you can get your pooch clean and spiffy all in the comfort of your own home.

posted by daisyd on 12/22/2009

Get salon treatment for your pooch in the comfort of your own home.

How to Prepare Your Dog

Prior training will be very helpful if you are trying to groom your pet at home by yourself.  They should be able to do basic commands like sit, lay and stay.  It's also helpful to get your pet used to having someone touch his feet and ears so that he doesn't flinch so much during the grooming process.  Have plenty of treats available to reinforce good behavior, like listening to commands and tolerating having his hands held.

Equipment You Need

Brush: This depends on the type of fur your dog has.  Long, flowing fur needs a steel pin brush.  Short, silky hair needs a rubber brush mitt.  Curly hair needs a fine wire brush.  Medium length, wavy hair needs a steel comb.

Shampoo: So many to choose from!  Try some with oatmeal if your dog has itchy skin.  Or try some specifically made to get rid of fleas if bugs are a problem where you live.

: If you're just trimming around the feet and doing minor touch ups, you can probably just use inexpensive clippers.  Go ahead and invest in some sturdier clippers though if you'll be doing some serious fur clipping.  Make sure you have lubricating oil to keep the clippers working well.  And use plastic guide combs to determine how short the hair should be.

Pet ear wash and cotton balls.

Nail scissors or electric trimmers: Depending on how antsy your dog is, the electric trimmers are better for squirmy dogs.

Toothbrush and pet toothpaste: Dog toothpaste is flavored like meat instead of mint.

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  2. Ann says:

    Mt dogs won’t stand still and hate the scissors or clippers. Its getting so bad the vet sedated them to clip them costing me $200!!! What to do ?



    Minette Reply:

    Read this and then work on desensitizing her


  3. Emily says:

    Dear Minette,

    Could you suggest me some dog brush brand that you think it’s the best brush for the dog?



    Minette Reply:

    Each dog and coat is different. I would ask your specific vet or a groomer, there isn’t ONE brush that is best for all coat types.


  4. Lina says:

    I can’t do this.. i am so scared cutting hair around his eyes 🙁


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