Aside from how grooming is done, it’s also very important as a pet parent to know what is involved in the grooming process. Learning about these things will help you weigh your options whether you can do it yourself, have a professional do it, or maybe have some done at home and some done at the groomers.
So what are the individual tasks that should be a part of your pet’s grooming process? Here’s a complete list that you can use as a reference.
Dog Grooming: The Full Package
According to experts, pups only need to be bathed when necessary. This helps prevent their skin from getting too dry which can consequently cause sensitivities and even infections. If they’re not exactly dirty or they don’t smell awful, they don’t need to be bathed yet. This is why you can just leave this task to the groomers even if you just go there a few times monthly.
While your dog can always easily just shake off the excess water from their fur, they will still need some assistance in drying themselves off. You should use a soft, fluffy, and absorbent towel to get the job done effectively. To speed things up, using a hair dryer can also help, but make sure never to use heat as this can make your pet uncomfortable. It might also hurt them.
Brushing your pet’s hair is one of the most basic grooming steps that you should do at home. It can help keep your pooch comfortable, especially if they have long coats. It can also minimize shedding, which is a great plus for you. Groomers will also brush your pet when you send them for grooming.
Trimming your pet’s nails will ensure that their paws are always in good shape. Having their nails too long can cause pain, so it’s very important to keep them just at the right length.
Unfortunately, this is one of the scariest things to do for most pet parents. Clipping their quick can cause them pain and bleeding, which can also make you feel bad about your skills. It might also cause trauma to your pet which can make them hate having their paws touched. Luckily, if you don’t think that you can do a good job in trimming your pup’s nails, you can always have a professional do it for you.
Another scary thing to do for your pet is clean their ears. Some people are just really not adept at cleaning someone else’s ear canals, so it might also be best to leave this task to professionals.
While brushing your pet’s teeth is not a common task for all pet parents, it can still be a beneficial one for your pet. Not only will it be able to help clean your pup’s teeth but it can also help you take a good look inside their mouth to check for irregularities. Some dogs tend to get enough oral care from chew toys, treats, and dental chews, though, so you might want to explore this option further with your vet.
Hair Trimming (If Necessary)
Dogs with long coats need regular trims, so if yours qualify for such, make sure to include this step in your grooming package. It’s important to keep your pet’s hair at the right length so they’ll stay comfortable and manageable. Mats and tangles can also be prevented with regular trims, so make sure to include this in their sessions as well.
The Most Important Task in Dog Grooming is the One Only the Pet Parent Can Do
Whether you intend to DIY or have someone else groom your pooch, you still need to do the most vital part of the process. This most important step is preparing your pet for grooming. Only the pet parent can help ready their pooches for this process so it’s very important to keep this in mind.
You need to acclimate your pet with being touched by other people. They also need to calm down even around tools, water, and noises. It will also help a lot if you can help them get used to having their paws touched. All of these can help them relax better while being groomed by someone else. It can also make their groomer’s work easier so you can minimize chances of accidents and mishaps.