Correct grooming for dogs at home

grooming a big dog

Correct grooming for dogs at home

If you are like me, you know that it is very expensive to take care of dog grooming expenses. We all have a soft spot for pets but they are just like kids; they are very expensive. Correct grooming for dogs while at home may be the best thing you could have invested time in spending on learning.

This page will not be any different. But I will do my best to give you a bit more bang for your reading “buck”. Also I will keep this updated ; so let’s dive in.

Grooming tips for big dogs

grooming a big dog at home

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  1. large dogs  may not fit in your bathtub so make sure to start bathing them at a young so that your dog knows how to behave over the shower. If this fails  have a bath outside
  2.  Your nearest pet store may have a self-service pet wash section. So before you get dressed up contact them first.
  3. To avoid build up of dirty and clean hair on your dog’s body after a shower, be sure to brush your dog thoroughly before hand.
  4. Make sure that you use dog shampoo do not substitute for human shampoo. They are different for a reason.
  5. Try diluting the dog shampoo to prevent against harshness against their skin and also to keep the shampoo from being hard to rinse out.

Grooming tips for small dogs

Wiry Coats

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Wire-haired breeds sport a coat very uniquely their own:  hard, coarse, and wiry.

Curly Coats

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Curly coats such as the Bichon Frise are beautiful when groomed, but can get tangled and unruly if not tended to regularly.

Short Coats

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Short coats are the easiest to manage and a quick brushing weekly may be all that is required, apart from the other tasks common to all breeds such as brushing the teeth and clipping the nails.

Long Haired Breeds

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Certainly the most challenging and time consuming, but also the most rewarding, the long haired breeds need much attention to detail.



Video On Proper Grooming

In this video bear a Maltese dog will be used to show the proper way to groom a dog. at home!

The groomer will start with a nice bath and then move onto the haircut

Check it out! : )

Read more about these dogs and grooming their:

  1. Bathing
  2. Brushing & Combing
  3. Clipping & Scissoring (Long Hair Breeds)
  4. Nails
  5. Teeth
  6. Ears
  7. Eyes
  8. All the Rest

General things to do after bathing a dog are…

Universally it is basically the same for trimming a dogs nails, and dying them off. Dogs do not fancy getting their nails cut but it is a must. And to end of for this section when drying your dog I do not think you need an explanation how to do that part.

Do not over do it when cutting their nails or drying them off.  In this situation you would be better off treating them as humans when this comes up. If you are not careful you can harm them badly and because your dog may not always be able to tell the difference between discipline and award he or she may well likely look at that as discipline.

Good resources for websites that talk specifically about grooming different dog sizes

    • This takes you to a page that strictly gives you instructions on grooming a large dog.
      • Large Dog Breed Health
      • Large Breed Dog Nutrition
      • Large Dog Training Tips
      • Large Dog Grooming Tips
      • Large Dog Supplies
    • This takes you to a page that goes over doing grooming from your home. They then go into in depth instructions on brushing, bathing, hair clipping, nails, eyes/ears, and teeth
    • This page talks all about grooming for different breeds of dogs. Under the title Grooming tips for small dogs  I basically gave some of the breeds but obviously those alone aren’t the kinds of breeds in dogs. So this page will go into greater detail about grooming for different breeds.

Remember that correct grooming for dogs is not a complete simple task but with understanding of your pet it becomes easier.

Just because your dog hasn’t made a fuss yet about the way you are cleaning them doesn’t mean you shouldn’t watch their behavior. Always keep an eye out for any odd way of positioning themselves from bracing against the way you are cleaning them.  Perhaps you may want to lighting up on your strokes, how you dry them off or the ingredient(s) you are using.

As always keep on caring for your dog they will love you for it : )


Tips For Grooming Your Dog

When you bought your dog the house was spotless, and the dog was spotless.

Time went by and you were now in a house that had residue of dog paws and hair all over your home.

How did this happen?

Could it be the new job that you got in the last 3 months that have been keeping you busy?

Or maybe it was when you opted to not clean the dog after taking it to the park and the light drizzle of rain occurred.

Whatever it was, it would not be a smart idea to keep your house and the dog dirty for long.

Let’s look at some ways that we can work on getting the dog clean.

No I won’t give you cool tips to getting yourself clean; you should already know how to do that lol.


Bathing Your Dog

Bathe your dog at least once every three months, but if your pet spends a lot of time outdoors or has skin problems then you should make sure it takes frequent baths . Here are some proper ways to bathe your dog:

  1. remove all dead hair and mats y giving good brushing to the coat (fur) of your dog , and then in a tub of three to four inches of lukewarm water; place your furry pet in.
  2. Then, use any form of bucket or even a a spray hose to make sure that your pet is completely wet.
  3. Make sure to repeat this part as needed. Massage in shampoo to pretty much every part of the dog that has fur.
  4. Dry him or her and voila, clean pet!


Does your dog shed ?

Different dogs shed or don’t shed for different reasons. The main reason comes down to the amount and frequency of hair shed.

Remember since this depends upon their health, breed type and season many dogs will shed differently.

For example in the winter a dog coat’s is usually thicker and then they shed most of it once the winter is through.

Some dogs it doesn’t matter if it is winter or spring as some Dogs who are always kept indoors are usually not one to have thick fur and because of that they shed fairly evenly all year.

Keeping Shedding to a minimum

  1. Brush your dog regularly.
  2. Have a veterinarian or groomer fr your dog that you frequent? Ask him or her to recommend a specific type of brush or comb that compliments your dog’s hair and skin sensitivity.

Excessive Hair Loss

If your dog sheds making sure to feed him or her with  proper nutrition can slow down or even stop this process in its’ tracks.

Though our nearest pet store offers decent to great food with ingredients that are sure to keep your dog healthy, we have to account for pets with allergies or sensitivities.

We should take into account some of the reasons for excessive hair loss or bald patches:

  • Parasites (fleas, lice or mites)
  • Fungal or bacterial infections
  • Inhalant- or food-related allergies
  • Kidney, liver, thyroid or adrenal disease (including Cushing’s)
  • Pregnancy or lactation
  • Certain medications
  • Self-induced trauma due to licking
  • Cancer
  • Immune disease
  • Sunburn
  • Contact with irritating or caustic substance

If you notice any of the following conditions, consult with your veterinarian for treatment:

  • Skin irritation, including redness, bumps, rashes or scabs
  • Open sores of any kind
  • Bald spots or thinning of coat
  • Dull, dry hair that pulls out easily
  • Scratching
  • Constant foot licking or face rubbing

Knowing When to See the Vet for

Any time you notice anything abnormal in your pet’s skin,hair,scratching routine, lick and/or bite areas on his or her fur you should take a trip. You never know what it may be.


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