How To Groom Your Dog at Home

In today's economy people are pinching pennies every chance they get. Like never before, we see homemakers and professionals getting thrifty with leftovers, do-it-yourself projects and stocking up on bulk items at the supermarket. As you know, owning a dog is not cheap by any means. Aside from the never-ending purchases of chew toys, you have another mouth to feed and trips to the veterinarian's office.

However, nothing can feel worse than paying for something you could have done at home. This guilty sensation runs up my spine every time I eat at a restaurant and think "I could have thrown that together for $5." Taking your dog to the groomers is no different.

A few snips here, a quick shampoo and a buff of the nails and your dog is out the door while your pocketbook feels considerably lighter. There must be a better way to keep your dog looking (and smelling) sweet.

Walking Through The Grooming Process

When it comes to grooming, the most important part is the shampoo and conditioner, especially if you have a dog with a thick coat. A dog's skin can become irritated with unkempt hair, which can lead to painful infections, so it's important to give them a good scrubbing regularly.

Before you get started in the bath, though, you should get started on the other grooming chores.
  1. Get Your Supplies: For some dogs, the bathing and grooming experience can be a stressful situation. It will only make matters worse if you have to keep running to a cabinet to grab a pair of scissors or their favorite shampoo. Make sure you have your supplies together before you get started on their pampering.
  2. Start Brushing: It's a good idea to brush your dog before you get them wet. Experts recommend starting at their neck and moving back towards their tail. If matted hair is a problem, get the scissors handy. Tangled mats are a breeding ground for bacteria. Do your trimming and brushing before you get your dog wet to make things more manageable.
  3. Nail Trimming: This is a task that is recommended only for pet owners with a steady hand. Long nails can cause health problems with your dog's foot pads, but trimming them too short can be also be painful and cause bleeding. Only trim 1/16th of an inch of the nail away at one time to avoid hurting your pooch. Also, PediPaws nail trimmer is an easy way clip nails without splintering the paws.
  4. Bath Time: Finally, it's time to wash your canine. If you have a dog that is frightened by running water, then it's a good idea to secure them with a leash or have a friend near by to lend a hand. Start shampooing at the neck and work your way down to their chest, belly and tail. You should shampoo in sections to make sure that no soap is left in their hair. Save their head for last and avoid soaping nearing the eyes and ears.
  5. Towel Dry: Grab some towels you don't care about and try to get your dog as dry as possible. Most dogs will want to run around and rub their heads on the carpet if you let them, but try to do the best you can. If you have a pooch with longer hair, it's perfectly fine to bust out the hairdryer.

A Tip From The Pros

Unlike cats, dogs aren't the best at keeping themselves groomed. Matted hair, ear infections and dirt buildup can cause serious problems for your dog in the long run, so it's vital that you keep them groomed regularly. Plus, by grooming your dog at home, you ensure that you save enough money to buy them some new treats, even if you don't have a coupon.

If you're looking for an easier way to wash your dog, be sure to ask the pet experts at by calling 800-957-5753. The animal lovers are more than happy to answer any questions about any of the pet products that we carry in our catalogue.

By Sean Bowes
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