Grooming your pet is essential and plays a vital role in their health and well-being. It also helps you identify any disease or skin conditions early so you will be able to get your pet treated quickly. However, it is a task that neither pet-parents nor their dogs seem to enjoy. Most dog-parents prefer sending their dog to the professionals but that does cost a lot and keeping up with the sessions may get difficult at times which means your pup would be at the risk of developing knots & mats and won’t be in the best state.
However, with the right tools and techniques, and a few ingenious hacks you can get the job done yourself easily without a lot of effort and save your finances. Here are a few hacks that can help improve the grooming routine for your dog:
1. Use Grooming Wipes
We all know our dogs tend to be adventurous, so you can never be sure when an emergency may pop up that requires immediate cleanup. It is best to stay prepped by keeping a pack of pet wipes handy. Whether you need to clean muddy paws or dirty ears, pet wipes can do the job, and they are safe for our furry companions so you wouldn’t have to worry about toxins.
2. Make an Investment in the Right Tools
Purchasing tools might seem like an expense, but it is a one-time investment that is worth making since high-quality tools are durable and reduce effort. Bath-time tends to get messy but giving up on it means a stinky pooch so getting the right tools matters a lot as it makes a significant difference. Purchase a non-slip bath-tub, a spray nozzle, and a hair trap. Also purchase a brush, a nail clipper, a hair clipper, and a flea comb.
3. Frequently Brush Your Pet
Brushing your dog is essential as it helps to prevent knots and removes dirt as well as dead hair which in turn helps reduce shedding. It will also help you examine your pet thoroughly to identify any issues such as dry skin, ticks or fleas and then take the necessary steps to treat your dog against the parasite infestation. Brushing before bath-time helps in getting rid of knots, you will also have less loose fur to deal with so bath-time will be a pleasant experience for both you and your pooch.
4. Clip the Nails
Long nails can injure your pets, and there are higher chances of the nails getting stuck in rugs or upholstery. But unfortunately trimming nails is one of the toughest grooming tasks, so you would have to be careful. Use a trimmer to cut off overgrown claws, but make sure you train your dog to get used to the clipper as rapid movements as your pooch fights back may cause injuries. Afterward shape the nails using a grinder, again begin at a low RPM, so your dog gets used to the sound and sensation and gradually increase the speed.
5. Groom Your Dog after Playtime
Since your dog will be tired and less-energetic after a session of exercise or a walk around the block, this will be the best time to get done with some cleaning up. Your pup won’t resist or give you as a much of a hard time during the grooming session as he would have with all the energy stored in his body.
6. Keep Your Furry Companion Smelling Good
All the mischevious play can cause our furry companions to smell terrible even after a few hours of bath-time. Using an all-natural deodorant will make your pooch smell nice, and you may not have to bathe your dog as frequently as you have to due to the stink.
Jenny Perkins is an Animal Behavior Specialist and a passionate writer. She loves to write about the nutrition, health, and care of dogs. She aims at providing tips to dog owners that can help them become better pet parents. She writes for the blog Here Pup.