A Quick and Easy Guide to Grooming Your Dog at Home
Are you having trouble keeping your pup looking presentable during the COVID-19 crisis? Find out how to groom your dog at home in our latest article.
Is your pup in desperate need of a trim and tidy up? You're not alone.
With grooming salons around the country closed due to COVID-19, countless pet parents are struggling to keep their dogs looking presentable.
The solution? It's time to grab some supplies and groom your dog at home!
Don't worry if you don't know where to start. We've got you covered. In this article we'll explain the basics of grooming your dog at home. We'll also share our top tips for dealing with a nervous pup.
Gather Your Supplies
You don't need a professional grooming kit to tidy up your dog's coat, but you will need a few essentials. We recommend the following items:
Choose a high-quality pet shampoo that's specially formulated for dogs. Never use human shampoo – it will disrupt the delicate pH balance of your dog's skin.
A good brush will eliminate tangles and mats, and keep your dog's coat in tip-top shape. When deciding on a brush, consider the thickness and length of your dog's coat.
A pair of straight grooming scissors are ideal for general trimming. Want to level up your grooming game? Curved scissors and thinning shears can help you achieve that professional look.
Electric clippers are not strictly essential, but they can make grooming your dog a whole lot easier! Choose a pair of ergonomic clippers that are designed for use on dogs.
Step-By-Step Grooming Instructions
Now that you've gathered your supplies, it's time to get down to grooming. Follow our easy, step-by-step instructions to have your dog looking their best in no time:
Wash and Dry Your Dog
First up, we recommend washing your dog to freshen up their coat. Lather pet shampoo into your dog's coat and rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. It's a good idea to lay towels on the floor to mop up messy spills. When bath time is over, towel dry your dog or use a blowdryer on the cool setting.
Brush Your Dog
When your dog is clean and dry, brush his coat to get rid of tangles, mats, and dead hair. Start at your dog's head and work slowly down his body in the direction of the hair's growth. Make sure to take your time with stubborn tangles and be careful not to snag or pull your pup's hair.
Use Scissors or Clippers to Trim Your Dog's Hair
Now for the main event. It's time to trim your dog's hair. If you're using scissors, decide how much you want to take off your dog's coat. Next, use your fingers as a cutting guide and trim slowly from head to tail. Make sure to be extra careful when trimming around your dog's face or other sensitive areas. Using just the tips of the scissors can help minimize the risk of injury.
Electric clippers are an excellent option if you're not comfortable using scissors to trim your dog's hair. The best clippers come with a variety of guards that can be used to cut hair to different lengths. Not sure which size guard to choose? Start with the largest and work down to your desired length. Trim slowly from head to tail in the direction of the hair's growth. Again, make sure to be especially careful when trimming around sensitive areas.
Our Top 3 Tips for Grooming a Nervous Dog
t's common for dogs to get nervous when it's time for a trim, and it's not hard to understand why. Grooming can be noisy, uncomfortable, and even painful. All this adds up to a stressful time for your pup. But it doesn't have to be that way. In the final section of this article, we'll share our top 3 tips for grooming a nervous dog.
1) Get a Helper
Grab a friend or family member and ask them to lend a helping hand. A helper can soothe your dog's nerves by gently petting them and holding them in place while they're being groomed.
2) Praise Your Pup
Dish out plenty of praise and talk to your dog in a calm, reassuring tone throughout the grooming process. This will help them relax and settle down. Bonus points if your helper does the same!
3) Reward Them With CBD Treats
Need a little extra help calming your dog's nerves? Try rewarding them with a spoonful of CBD-infused peanut butter! Honest Paws Calm Peanut Butter is made with organic full-spectrum hemp and real peanut butter. It can help your furry friend relax in as little as one hour, and has a delicious nutty taste your pup will love.
Looking for a CBD treat that delivers a wide range of health benefits? Check out Honest Paws Wellness Coconut Oil. The winning combination of organic full-spectrum hemp and coconut oil will keep your dog calm while supporting their overall health.