Speech On Dog Grooming

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Wouldn't it be great if you didn't have to pay to get your dog groomed? Whether you have a short-haired dog or a long-haired dog, there are some basics you need to follow when doing at-home dog grooming. I'll give you basic all breed dog grooming tips so you can save money and time by learning how to groom your dog at home. Then I'll teach you specifics for short coat and long coat dogs.

So, here we go.

All Breed Dog Grooming Tip #1 - Handling and Preparation

No doubt, it's cheaper to do at home dog grooming than it is to go to a groomer. Here are the fundamentals. First, in order for your dog not to bolt out of the tub, he needs to understand and obey the stand, sit and stay commands.

And hopefully you've been handling your dog since he's
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Or, if you're putting him in the tub, put the non-slip mat in it. To prevent soapy water from getting in his ears, you can use cotton wool.

Mix 15-20 ml of shampoo in the jug of water. Start lathering him up. Avoid putting the soap on his face for now. Work up a really good lather on the dog's body. Then carefully move to his face.

Be careful to avoid his eyes and mouth. Better yet, use a sponge on your pooch's face. You can also use the sponge to clean under your dog's tail. Because of fecal matter, bacteria often spreads in this area and can cause infections.

Time To Rinse

Now rinse and dry your dog's head first using the towel before you rinse the rest of his body. The total amount of time to rinse should take about 3 minutes of rinsing for short haired dogs and 5 minutes rinsing for long haired dogs.

When drying the rest of your dog, be careful not to irritate your dog's skin by having the dryer on high heat. In fact, you should start out on low to be safe.

Make sure you give your dog lots of praise during the process.

All Breed Dog Grooming Tip #3 - Clipping His
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Flimsy clippers break too easily. As for the muzzle, your dog may mouth you the first few times before he gets used to the process.
It's best to have started clipping your dog's nails when he was a pup. But if it's too late, start playing with your dog's feet gently so that he's not terrified when you try to use the clippers.
For the first few times you clip his nails, only trim a tiny bit of nail off so he gets used to the process.
Try to trim his nails every six to ten weeks. If your dog goes outside a lot, the pavement actually keeps the nails at a decent length. But if your dog stays indoors, you'll have to clip them every 4 to six weeks.
DO NOT cut into the live part of the nail. Your dog will be in agony! The live part is wear you see the nail starting to turn pink. Also you can tell the live part by the differing texture and color of his nails.
Don't forget to trim the pointed end of the declaw (that's the dog's thumb).
When in doubt, you can always ask your vet or groomer to show you how to trim your dog's nails.
All Breed Dog Grooming Tip #6 - Smooth Coats and Short
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