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Self-Grooming Your Dog: A Step-by-Step Guide

As straightforward and easy as grooming may seem, there are some grooming practices that seem rather contradictory to what we may think we should do with our dogs. For instance, dogs with thick coats should not be shaved down completely, in preparation for the summer months, because their thick coats are in actual fact made to help them regulate their body temperature.

Similar to how dogs with thick, double coats should not be shaved down completely, it is not correct to assume that dogs with lighter coats do not need to be groomed regularly.

Grooming is essentially one of the most important aspects of caring for your dog and except for the big shave, there are many ways in which you can groom your dog and keep them feeling healthy, fresh and revitalized:

Brush, Brush, Brush and Brush some more…

Brushing not only ensures that your dog’s coat is left looking slick and clean but, depending on the bristles and the type of brush you use, frequently running a few strokes through your dog’s coat will unmat it, detangle it and help stimulate the hair follicles to ensure stronger and healthier growth. The best equipment to use for this process are scrubbing brushes for those extra clean washes, combs and brushes for frequent massages and detanglers and deshedding tools for stubborn, tangle-prone coats. 

Use the right Shampoo…

Grooming your pet is not complete without the right shampoo. It is recommended that you start your pup out on a mild sensitive shampoo,like the Kyron Puppy Mild Gentle Shampoo for Dogs and Puppies, and gradually change them over to more specialised shampoos that are designed to get rid of ticks, fleas; like the Ultrum Plus Tick and Flea Shampoo for Dogs; or those that maintain that pleasant after-wash smell for longer, like the TropiClean Papaya & Coconut Cleansing Shampoo and Conditioner for Cats and Dogs

Food, Water and Valuable Supplements

The notion of “eat good, feel good” also applies to your pet. Make sure that your dog’s diet is made up of the right nutrients to keep their coats feeling and looking healthier. The right nutrients include foods that are particularly high in Omega-3 and additional supplements that are specifically designed to enhance your dog’s coat. Last but not least, always ensure that your dog has enough drinking water. Water is the best way to ensure that your dog stays hydrated from the inside out.  

Our 5-Step Do-It-Yourself Guide

1. Brush

Using the Salon Grooming Double Sided Brush, gently brush your dog all over, to untangle their coat and stimulate their hair follicles. For a more stubborn coat, use the Furminator Deshedding Grooming Tool for Dogs to ensure that your dog’s coat is completely untangled and ready for the next steps.

2. Trimming 

Using trimmers that are generally used on human hair, you can trim your dog’s coat down to a desired level. Make sure that you do not trim your dog’s coat too low, as the summer temperature can be too harsh on their skin and cause sunburn irritation. Brush and comb your dog’s coat consistently throughout the trimming process to ensure that the coat is trimmed down to the desired level. 

3. Wash

Gently use your desired shampoo and the Salon Grooming Rubber Brush to thoroughly scrub through your dog’s coat. The water should be lukewarm and the area you wash your dog in should be at an acceptable temperature to avoid them freezing. Be sure to avoid getting water and shampoo into their eyes, nostrils and ear holes. Make sure to thoroughly rinse through your dog’s coat, getting rid of excess shampoo.

 

4. Drying and Style

Use a towel to rapidly dry your dog’s coat and calm their shivers. Place them on a platform or flat surface where you can dry them. You can use a normal hair-dryer for drying your dog. When you are satisfied that your dog’s coat is fully dry, you can go in with a pair of grooming scissors, like the Rosewood Salon Grooming Scissors, to further style and refine your dog’s features.  

5. Refining

The last step in grooming your dog is to refine the smaller parts of grooming like clipping their nails and using essential oils as after-groom treatment. To avoid injury, make sure you do not clip your dog’s nails too low. The standard measure is to clip until you see a spot that is darker than the nail, for black nails and a pink spot for light colored nails; and to avoid clipping past those points. After fully grooming your pooch make sure to spritz light coat-defining and coat-protecting oils to complete the look.

Choosing to self-groom your dog is not only more affordable over the long-run but, it is also one of the best ways to establish trust between you and your pooch and can help strengthen your bond. Here at Pet Hero, you can shop salon-quality grooming products and pair them with other top-rated products, to make the grooming process something you and your pet can both look forward to.