Thanks to Kaylie for sending in this fun guest post about grooming your dog at home!
Dogs are naturally cute — no matter what breed you own. But their cuteness depends a lot on proper grooming. Just imagine – if your dog looks like a mop, how will you see its adorable face among all that hair?
Unfortunately, getting professional help for grooming can be time-consuming and not to mention expensive. That’s why if you’re on a tight budget like me, grooming at home is a good option.
Want to learn how to make grooming at home an easier process? Keep reading to know more.
12 SIMPLE HACKS FOR GROOMING YOUR DOG AT HOME
1. Regular Brushing Goes a Long Way
The best way to ease the grooming process is to brush your dog regularly. Even just a few minutes of daily brushing will bring a drastic change to your dog’s furry coat.
Brushing reduces shedding and distributes the natural oils throughout your dog’s skin and fur, keeping it healthy and shiny. But to make the brushing experience pleasant and efficient, you need to select the right brush for your dog’s fur.
If your dog has long hair, then you should opt for a slicker brush. If it has short hair, rubber brushes will do the job. Bristle brushes, however, are an absolute necessity as they’re great for getting small dirt particles from many coats.
2. Take Care of Tangles and Mats
Matted and tangled hair shows not just an unkempt look for a dog, it can also be uncomfortable for them.
That’s why I take extra care to untangle knots and sort them out. A trick I like to follow is sprinkling cornstarch onto the problem areas. This will make your dog’s hair loose and easier to untangle when brushing.
3. Remove Loose Hair
Here’s a useful tip- vacuums aren’t just for cleaning hair off the floor. You can also use them with attachments to remove hair from your dog’s coat, that’s already about to shed off.
And if you don’t want to invest in a vacuum, buy a pair of rubber gloves. All you have to do is wet the gloves and rub your hands all over your dog. The extra hair will come off effortlessly in the form of a ball. You’ll be able to get rid of it easily too!
4. Add Supplements to Your Dog’s Diet
Fish oils, omega-3 fatty acids, and flaxseed oils are a great way to keep your dog’s coat polished and healthy. They’re the good fat your dog needs to stay fit.
Salmon oil is especially popular as a grooming supplement as it brings a lustrous shine and glossy look to your dog’s coat.
5. Get the Bath Time Essentials
Bathing a dog is no easy feat and will test any dog owner’s patience. But there are things you can do to make the process easier.
First, get a handheld spray. Trust me, this is a total game changer. You can navigate the spray to reach specific places and move around with your dog as it wiggles about.
Second, definitely place a mat to stop your dog from slipping in the bathroom. Dogs get anxious during baths and slipping around makes them panic even more.
Also, you know how the aftermath of a doggy shower is a lot of hair? Well, you’re cleaning up will be much easier if you buy a hair trap. It also prevents clogging, which I’m sure a lot of you have experienced!
6. Brush Before You Bath
How you approach the bath will also make a big difference. Always brush your dog beforehand, to remove mats and tangles. This will reduce a lot of shedding.
In fact, never soap and wash tangled fur because soap gets accumulated in those complicated furry messes and irritates your dog’s skin.
7. Keep Your Dog Clean In Between Baths
If your dog’s bath is being delayed, you can still keep it smelling fresh and clean. All you have to do is get a doggie deodorant or odor neutralizers.
Doggy wipes are also very handy for emergency cleanups. They help to wipe paw dirt and keep the ears and face clean.
Waterless or dry shampoos are also great for getting rid of dirt without the hassle of a bath. They keep your dog from looking like a greasy mess when there’s no time for a bath.
But always make sure that whatever product you use is dog-friendly.
8. Look in Your Kitchen for Canine Cleaning Products
Your dog’s cleaning products don’t have to be the most expensive product in the market.
For example, cornstarch is a good dry shampoo grease remover. And you know how white fur gets dirty so easily? Well, cornstarch can brighten those spots and keep your dog looking fresh and clean.
You can also DIY your own doggie shampoo at home!
Here’s a recipe I regularly use for my dog:
- Add a ½ cup of white vinegar to a bottle
- Add ¼ of dishwashing soap into the same bottle
- Pour in two cups of warm water to the mix
After you make this recipe, shake the bottle until bubbles pop up and use it to clean your dog.
9. Your Dog Needs Moisturizing Too
Dry skin isn’t just a problem for us humans, it affects dogs too! However, you can’t just use your own lotion on your dog’s paws. You remember that dog’s lick themselves and human products can be poisonous for them.
Instead, you can opt for a natural, dog-friendly moisturizer easily available at home, like coconut oil. Just a dab of coconut oil will do wonders for your dog’s skin. It will keep your dog’s paws smooth and give your canine a soothing feeling.
10. Avoid Accidents When Grooming
Nail clipping is a stressful part of grooming. When cutting nails, keep an eye on the color of your dog’s nail bed.
If you see pink, you’ve reached the quick, and it’s definitely time to stop! This is hard to identify in darker nails. So, your best option is to trim in small amounts.
Same goes when you’re grooming the fur. The right grooming tools canmake your job a lot easier. Start slow and make sure that your dog is accustomedto the buzzing sound of the clippers.
It’s only natural they might move around during grooming. But if you nick them accidentally, don’t panic!
Apply some styptic powder immediately and you’ll see that the bleeding has stopped. And if you don’t have that at handapply a mix of cornstarch and baking powder will do too.
11. Be Smart About Dental Care
The trick to getting your dog to like toothpaste is to let them taste it.
Introduce canine paste to your dog by putting some on your finger first. Then gradually brush its teeth with your fingers. Once it gets used to this motion, use a canine toothbrush.
To keep your dog calm throughout the process, do it in front of the TV. This is something that works for my dog.
You can also try out dental chewsbecause they work great a keeping that doggy breath smelling fresh.
12. Keep a Calm Grooming Environment
There are certain tricks to keep your dog calm during grooming. Remember, a hyperactive dog is less likely to cooperate. So, it’s best to tire out your dog by taking it on a walk before you start the grooming.
You could also use pheromones, essential oils, and lavender scents to calm down your dog. Another amazing trick I learned from my friend is to smear peanut butter on the shower walls.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, this works! It keeps my dog distracted and calm, giving me the chance to bathe him properly!
Also, keep in mind that dogs can sense our behavior and whatever feelings we project. So, if you’re anxious about giving your dog a bath, it will have negative feelings about it too.
Amazing grooming tips, right? Unbelievable, even.
Well, I felt the same way when I heard about these too! But when I tried them with my dog, it really made a great difference in my life.
Keeping your dog tidy and clean isn’t recommendedonly for aesthetic purposes. In fact, grooming is an essential part of maintaining your dog’s happiness and health.
I would even go as far to say how well-groomed your dog is, also reflects on your own character.
But just because some of us can’t pay huge amounts of cash to groomers doesn’t mean our dogs are destinedto look any less fabulous.
So, use these DIY grooming hacks. There’s nothing you’ve got to lose!
Kaylie is all about heats and hugs. Content creator at Dogviously. Prefers a simple life and believes in sharing. Can sync-dance with Sera – her Golden Retriever.