As the government advises us to practice social distancing, many of us are spending a lot more time within the house, our dogs included! Therefore, you may want to do some basic dog grooming at home.
It sounds simple to begin with, but many dogs don’t exactly make the process easy!
In this article, we’re going to give you all the dog grooming tips you need to keep your dog in a good shape during the pandemic.
So, let’s take a look at what we can do for our precious puppers!
Brushing Your Dog
Brushing is the simplest and arguably most crucial part of the grooming process.
Regular, thorough brushing helps to keep your dog’s coat from tangling together and forming knots, which is not only painful and uncomfortable but can lead to health issues in severe cases.
Therefore, brushing is something that should never be skipped!
Keep in mind, different dogs require a different amount of brushing. For example, a Boston Terrier is a lot less work than a Poodle!
However, regardless of the breed, brushing remains generally the same deal; brush down and out, away from the skin of the dog, in a gentle fashion.
Trimming Dog Nails at Home
Trimming your dog’s nails can be a scary prospect for many dog owners. But leaving them to grow out isn’t an option either; long nails can cause pain and discomfort for your dog.
What most pet owners fear when it comes to trimming their dog’s nails is accidentally cutting into the quick. This is the lower part of the nail that contains the nerves and blood vessels. Cutting into this causes pain and bleeding.
Therefore, you want to cut the nail with an appropriate dog nail trimmer just a few millimeters above the quick.
Training your dog to accept the feel and sound of the trimmer beforehand can help them be calmer during the process so that they won’t be so wiggly.
For an extensive guide with pictures, take a look here!
How to Bathe a Dog
If you’re going to be at home and around your dog a lot more, it might be best to get rid of that doggie smell before it drives you crazy!
Other than just helping them smell a bit more pleasant, bathing helps promote good health in the skin and coat, so it’s never a bad idea.
If you have a toy breed, the sink may work well enough as a bathing area. Otherwise, you could use the bath, or bring them into the shower with you.
Remember to use a doggie-specific shampoo; these are formulated with their vulnerable skin in mind. Human shampoo can be much too rough on a dog’s skin.
After you have finished giving them a good going over, reward them with a treat well done. Most dogs aren’t a big fan of bath time, but by giving a treat at the end, you can help show them it isn’t so bad!
Dog Grooming at Home
Unfortunately, at the time of writing, Groomit is only accepting appointments after the 2nd of April.
We apologize for any inconvenience. Our customer’s health is our top priority, and we feel it prudent to suspend operations as of now.
However, you can still support your groomer if you would like during this time, by buying a membership with us. This helps us to pay them while Groomit is on standby!
If you’re interested, you can find out how to get a Groomit membership here.
Thank you for your patience. We can’t wait to get back to grooming your lovely animals once again!
However, the current situation is no reason to stop giving our dogs the care they deserve. Let’s continue to keep our dogs well-groomed at home so that they can be comfy and happy!