Grooming is an important part of your dog's overall health. Having a groomer take care of your dog is a nice luxury, but if you decide to go it yourself, a few simple tips can help. Read on to learn the tricks of making your dog look beautiful.
While it may be tempting to use your favorite shampoo, make sure to use dog shampoo. What's the difference anyways? Well, human shampoos are typically to harsh for your dog. When you shampoo your dog, work the shampoo from the head down.
Yes … conditioner for your dog! Some people think it sounds strange, but it can work wonders. Look for a dog conditioner that is tearless, so if it gets in your dog's eyes, it will not hurt.
Make sure to use special dog grooming scissors. This is especially important while trimming around the eyes. The last thing you want to do is cause an eye injury.
Hair Drying .
Does your dog run the other way when you turn on your blow dryer? Relax … this is totally normal. Your dog's nerves will calm after a few times.
Nail Trimming .
The first time I trimmed my dog's nails, I was terrified! If you feel the same way, ask your vet for a demonstration on your next visit.
Nail trimmers should be designed especially for dogs. These are created to fit the contours of your canine's nails. If you find your dog's nails are tough, have him stand in bath water for a few minutes to soften.