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Can You Save Money By Grooming Your Dog At Home?

All owners know that dogs can be pretty expensive and sometimes you need to find ways to trim the budget a little. Many trim that budget by trimming the dog themselves. Professionals have plenty of experience in grooming dogs but there’s nothing to stop you from taking care of it yourself. If you have a breed that quickly grows fine hair that can easily knot, like a Lhasa Apso, it’s almost essential to do the grooming yourself if you don’t want to spend an exorbitant amount on them. So, how do you make sure starting to groom the dog yourself is as far from traumatic for you and your pup as possible?

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Comfortable and ready makes for a much more pleasant experience

Whether you’re grooming their hair or their nails, a cleaner dog is much easier to work with. Their hair can gather in tangles and hair that will be painful to groom unless they’re softened and washed out. Helping them relax before and after the bath is going to make the process, as well. Treats are a great way to positively reinforce any behavior. If you start giving them a snack after each successful grooming, they’ll grow accustomed to it and behave much better. Either way, it’s a good idea to keep a hold of their neck or leg when possible to stop any sudden movements from hurting them.

Know your dog and their fur

Different breeds have different kinds of fur, so make sure you research which combs, clippers, and slicker brushes are best for yours. If you have a pedigree, then breed club websites will have tips on what tools work best, what look you should aim for (if you’re not getting creative) and other tips like how to work with their hair. It’s not a bad idea to go to the professionals for one last time just to get some tips. Make sure you’re paying attention to not just the breed, but their needs based on the season, too. In the summer, for instance, you are most likely going to have to give them a trim more often.

Be ready for the occasional mistake

We want to avoid mistakes as much as possible. For that reason, it’s important to remember to check your tools before and during work. If your clippers aren’t sharp, you’re more likely to tug on their hair rather than cut it. Clippers can get very hot, too, so a simple touch test will help you better figure out whether you might be hurting your dog. If they’re too hot, unplug them. Clipping the nails is where you’re most likely to cause a little pain, however. Even the pros occasionally end up cutting the dogs they work with when doing this delicate work. Causing a cut at some point is as good as inevitable. What’s important is that you have dog styptic powder at the ready to help treat any cuts. Your dog might be timid and a bit jumpy after a cut, but if you take your time, apologize with a treat and ease them back into it, they will quickly forget it ever happened.

If you want to start grooming your dog, the sooner you get into the habit, the better. Dogs are naturally wary of new experiences and many of them don’t like grooming at all. They have to get used to you, and if you can make that happen while they’re still young, they’ll grow accustomed to it much more easily.






 

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