Published at Monday, May 13th 2019. by Jacquelynne George in Dog Grooming.
Even if you've never used dog grooming clippers, you can learn to use them and save a lot of money over taking your dog to the groomer every few weeks. Dogs with short or thin fur are easiest to groom at home. To get started you'll need dog grooming clippers, scissors, a dog brush, and a leash. Ideally, the scissors should be reserved just for dog grooming. The dog hair clippers should be those made for animals only because the clippers used on people aren't sturdy enough to stand up to dog hair, which is coarser, and which there's more of.
Grooming your dog is a job (even though it can be fun). And like any other job, it is paramount that you have the proper tools and equipment to complete your task. Please remember that the cheapest tools and products are the cheapest for a reason. You are doing your dog and yourself no favors by skimping on the right products and equipment. If you are on a budget, then be resourceful and find ways to get top of the line products for highly discounted prices. Your dog wouldn't be cheap in caring for you, so please return the favor.
It is best to prepare for your pooch's bath time by using a special doggie comb to detangle mats that may be in his coat. There are actually several detangling sprays available that can facilitate gentle combing of the dog's coat so that the bathing process is more successful. If you attempt to shampoo your dog's coat without having first brushed the tangles, you will find the detangling process to be an arduous task. Please remember to first use the specialized detangling spray. If you simply try to comb the knots out dry, you will inflict considerable discomfort upon your pet. Very simply, if you are in doubt then comb your dog's hair the way you would comb your own detangle, wet, shampoo, dry, comb.
Some dogs have long silky coats – Yorkshire Terriers and Maltese for example – and these need special care. They have little protective undercoat so you need to be very gentle when grooming, particularly as they need daily brushing and combing. Other breeds have long but dense coats, such as Collies, and these just need twice weekly brushing with a pin-brush and combing with a wide-toothed comb. Excess hair will need to be trimmed once a month. Golden Retrievers and others with less dense hair need less grooming – weekly brushing and combing and a twice yearly trim for legs and between the toes. Other breeds require regular – often weekly or even twice weekly – professional trimming and clipping. Poodles and Bichon Frise for example need a lot of grooming so you need to get your dog accustomed to these regular trips to the groomers from when he is a tiny puppy. Unless you are actually trained to do this clipping don't attempt it yourself – leave it to the professionals.
Other aspects of dog hair clippers that you should consider are whether they are cordless and rechargeable, or corded. Again, with a large dog that you'll be moving around to do a thorough job clipping, a cordless (more expensive) set will probably save you some aggravation. You will also need to consider how easy it is to change blades on your clipper. Coarse dog hair can dull clipper blades fairly rapidly, so you'll need to be prepared to put on a clean blade when the old one goes dull. Noise is yet another factor to consider, and this will depend on your own tolerance for noise and how nervous or highly strung your dog is around noises.
All-species dog grooming is also tackled in lots of publications authored by professional groomers. Nevertheless, even though these guides and books are handy and helpful, they don't qualify one for an actual pet grooming career. Obtaining the specialized education talked about above stays appropriate. There's no business enterprise without certification, and that needs to be your primary concern when starting out.
One of the most important things you can do for your dog is maintain a consistent and proper dog grooming routine. In addition to keeping your dog clean and smelling good, for both you and your guest's sake, there are many health concerns that proper grooming address. Your dog's coat and skin are very important to your dog and oftentimes are an indicator of other health problems that may be lurking. Grooming your dog properly, following correct dog grooming instructions, helps to keep her healthy while also building an important bond between you and your pet.
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