Owning a dog or puppy these days is very high-maintenance. In fact, most of the grooming services for dogs these days are actually pretty expensive. The prices range from $50 for a small dog, and $130 for a large dog. And if you would like to groom your dog every 2 months, or even monthly, it could take quite a toll on your budget.
The good news is, it’s very easy to groom your dog on your own, if you know how. All you need are the right tools and some practice to become an expert in dog grooming. You will need the basic grooming tools to get started. You should get a good brush to be able to detangle your dog’s fur properly. Getting a pair of grooming scissors, and a sharp clipper machine will complete your grooming kit.
Before you even attempt to use these, make sure that you pay a visit to your grooming salon, and get some tips on how to use these tools. Note that these are sharp, and may injure your dogs if used improperly, so make sure that first, you should know how to work with these tools.
Next, you should allow your pet to get used to grooming first, and that would mean investing in a couple of trips to the grooming salon, so he will get used to the feeling of being groomed. It will also desensitize your dog to the sound of the clipper machine. It will have a slight buzzing sound, so it is important that your dog will not freak out when he hears this. When the time comes that you are grooming your dog by yourself, your dog won’t feel scared when he hears the buzz of the clippers.
Of course, you must know how to maintain the sharpness and cleanliness of your tools. This will make it easier for you to trim and snip your dog’s fur. There are various clipper sharpening services out there so you can get the best service for your tools. Sharpening service shops can be found online and in your neighbourhood. Make sure to research on these before venturing out.
Once you are ready with everything, you will begin to appreciate how much cheaper it is to groom your dogs on your own. From a cost of $50 to $100, you will cut this down to a very small fraction. In fact, you can even groom your dog more frequently, so his hairstyle will be kept updated all the time. Now your dog will look adorable all year long.
Should you wish to pursue DIY Dog Grooming, here are a few simple steps for you to follow.
Before you begin, prepare your tools accordingly. Remember that your dog will be impatient, so make sure that you won’t keep on standing up to get the tools that you need. Have everything ready so you can be done quickly. If possible, have someone to assist you so you can control your dog if he gets fidgety.
Next, with a steel brush, untangle your dog’s fur. This will ensure that your trim will be even and it won’t look weird or awkward. Do this gently, in a comforting manner. If your dog manages to fall asleep during this time, then that would be better. You want your dog to be pliant and relaxed, so you can groom him as much as you want.
Once his hair is clean and detangled, take your clippers and trim his hair according to the length that you prefer. Your experience with the groomers will aid you in how to go about it. Again, be gentle when doing this so you won’t startle your dog. If you are with someone, ask him or her to gently stroke your dog’s fur while you are trimming on the other side. This will calm him and keep him more patient and comfortable.
Once you are done with the clippers, take a pair of grooming scissors and “clean up” the fur that was not trimmed properly by the clippers. Snip away until all the fur are neatly trimmed. Run the brush through your dog’s fur for the last time, to get rid of wayward fur trimmings.
It will only take you about 30 minutes, but it will save you $50 to $100 each time your dog is clipped!