Grooming your dog is easy if you pay someone else to do it, but what if you want to do it yourself, do you know what's involved?
A typical professional grooming session usually consists of the dog getting brushed, trimmed, bathed, dried, ears checked, teeth checked and having their nails clipped.
Generally grooming is a healthy activity that can prevent skin irritations and infections that are usually caused by moisture underneath their coats due to matting. Some of these irritations or skin reactions can be seasonal, so keeping the dogs coat clean throughout the year is essential to maintaining healthy skin and a healthy coat. Checking ears for infections and trimming nails also need attention.
Some dogs like this sort of pampering, but some are shy or difficult and run for cover at the slightest smell or sign of shampoo and a bucket. A clean dog is a happy dog, even if they temporarily lose their "doggy" smell.
Learning to groom your dog yourself can be challenging, but with the right tools, tips and training, you can avoid injuring your dog. It can also be very rewarding, especially if its done at the comfort of your own home. The more you do it the better you will get at it.