A Look at Grooming and Bathing Your Dog at Home

Roberto Manzotti

Getting your dog professionally groomed can be expensive. In this blog post, we will go through everything you need to know about grooming and bathing your dog at home. 

Wondering how to groom a dog the right way?

Getting your dog groomed professionally does make him look extra cute. But, it sure can burn a huge hole in your pocket. If you’re on a tight budget, it makes a lot of sense to groom your dog at home. 

And, you can get some excellent results if you do it right!

Grooming regularly is essential to make sure your dog is free from pests and diseases.

In this blog post, we will teach your how to groom and bathe your pooch at home.

Let’s begin!

Grooming Your Furry Friend!

Comb the Knots Out

Take Breaks: Don’t Overwhelm Your Pooch

Cut the Knots and Mats

Don’t Forget to Clean the Eyes

Cleaning Those Adorable Ears

Brush Your Pooch’s Teeth

What You Should Get: Doggy Toothbrush and Toothpaste

Take It Slow

Trim Your Dog’s Nails

Bathing Your Pooch at Home

Bath Time Frequency

A Guide to Bathing Your Pooch

Water Temperature Matters

Start by Rinsing Your Pooch

Use the Shampoo!

Clean That Adorable Face

Rinse & Dry

A Look at Grooming and Bathing Your Dog at Home

 

Grooming Your Furry Friend!

Bathing your dog is one of the most important steps in the process of grooming but, not a lot of dog owners get it right. There are certain important steps to follow before you bathe your dog.

Take a look.

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Comb the Knots Out

You should regularly comb and brush your dog--regardless of the breed. It is a good habit to brush your dog everyday, especially if you don’t want your dog’s hairs all over your house.

However, don’t skip combining!

Combing your dog on a bi-weekly basis ensures that your dog’s coat remains mat-free. You should comb your dog before bathing him because mats become tighter and less manageable after shampooing.

 

Take Breaks: Don’t Overwhelm Your Pooch

One of the biggest mistakes that dog owners make is overwhelming their pooch. This means that the dog starts to associate grooming as something negative.

Try to make grooming a happy and fun experience for your dog so that he looks forward to getting groomed.

 

Cut the Knots and Mats

You can’t leave the mats be as they may pull the skin as your pooch goes about his day. The best thing to do in this situation is to cut or shave them off.

 

Don’t Forget to Clean the Eyes

Dogs breeds that have predominantly white hair or large eyes that tend to water a lot need a lot more maintenance as compared to other breeds. Wipe your dog’s eyes and pull out any debris that may be in that area.

 

Cleaning Those Adorable Ears

It is normal for dogs to have wax in the ears and healthy ear wax doesn’t smell bad.

Use an ear cleaning solution and a cotton round. All you have to do is to gently wipe the wax and dirt away from your furry friend’s ears.

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Brush Your Pooch’s Teeth

Did you know that most of the dental issues in dogs are highly preventable via regular brushing?

Dogs have various other dental issues which includes  tooth infection, loose teeth, cracked teeth, etc.! These diseases are manageable if you diagnose them in the early stages.

 

What You Should Get: Doggy Toothbrush and Toothpaste

We recommend that you get your furry friend a dog toothbrush because of the following reasons:

  1. Dog toothbrushes easily access all the crevices in your dog’s mouth
  2. The bristles are made to clean a dog’s mouth

Dog toothpaste is made using simple and safe ingredients. It is also available in flavors that your dog might enjoy while making brushing easier for you.

Take It Slow

Start with small steps that helps make things less traumatic or intimidating for your dog. Baby steps are the way to go when it comes to getting your dog used to brushing.

Start by brushing your dog’s front teeth and working your way to the premolars and molars. This will require time and patience.

Trim Your Dog’s Nails

You should trim your dog’s nails on a regular basis to keep them short.

The frequency at which you should cut your dog’s nails depends on the growth. Ideally, you should trim them at least once every fifteen days.

Here are a few tips

  • With a pair of sharp dog nail clippers, trim a small amount of your dog’s nails---about 1/16th of an inch
  • If your dog has clear nails, you’ll be able to locate the quick which is the pink part where your dog’s blood vessels are located. Do not cut that part as it will cause a lot of bleeding
  • If your dog has dark nails, you need to take extra care when clipping his nails. Go slow and take only a tiny bit off

Moving on.

 

Bathing Your Pooch at Home

One of the most essential parts of general pet care is bathing your furry friend when needed. Bathing your dog helps get rid of scales, loose hair, and debris.

Bath Time Frequency

You should bathe your dog as and when necessary.

If your dog is particularly dirty or starts to smell funky, you’ll know that it’s time for him to hop in the bath.

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A Guide to Bathing Your Pooch

In this section of the blog post, we will share how you can bathe your furry friend.

Water Temperature Matters

The water that you’ll use to bathe your dog should be neither too hot, nor too cold.

Start by Rinsing Your Pooch

You should avoid washing your dog’s head or face and start wetting your furry friend from the neck down. Ensure that his coat is fully saturated with water before you apply the shampoo.

Use the Shampoo!

Pre mix the shampoo with some water in a small bowl and spread it evenly on your dog’s body. This reduces the product you use and lathers perfectly.

Clean That Adorable Face

Use a wet washcloth to clean your dog’s face and wipe off any dirt. You need to be gentle when it comes to cleaning your dog’s face as it is sensitive.

Rinse & Dry

After you’ve thoroughly shampooed your dog and ensured that he’s squeaky clean, it is time to rinse him again with clean water and dry him off using a towel. After your dog’s coat has dried completely, brush his coat.

 

A Look at Grooming and Bathing Your Dog at Home

Did we go through everything you needed to know?

Grooming a dog is essential when it comes to taking care of your pet---your dog just can’t groom himself even if he wanted to. A well-groomed dog speaks a lot about his owners.

If you have questions, leave them in the comments sections, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

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