Dog Grooming | Basic Practices

Before beginning any dog grooming there are some things you should know.  You should always follow basic safety guidelines that all certified groomers are aware of, but the average pet parent may not be.  If grooming a dog on a raised surface such as a table, make sure to restrain and supervise your dog at all times.  Always remain within arms length of any animal on a grooming table.  If your dog shows any signs of stress during the dog grooming process like excessive panting or drooling or purple tongue or gums, discontinue the groom until the dog has had a chance to rest.  Be aware of the “danger zones” in grooming.  The eyes, lips, ears, elbows, and hocks are the most commonly cut areas and can all be safely groomed with attention and patience.

Always brush and bathe your dog before cutting it’s hair.  Brushing a dog before and after the bath ensures they will not have any matting or tangling.  If your dog has any tangles and they get dampened, the matting tightens up and will have to be shaved out for the safety and comfort of your pet.  Brushing your dog is also an excellent time for bonding.  Dogs crave physical contact and affection so why not make it worthwhile for their coat at the same time?  Bathing your dog before the haircut not only makes the final dog grooming look better, it saves your clippers and scissors as well saving you money on sharpening and cleaning costs.

Remember to check your dog’s ears each time you groom your dog.  Dirty or irritated ears should be cleaned and inspected for ear infections or parasites.  Maintaining your dog’s nails is a quick and easy, very necessary part of keeping up with their overall health as is teeth brushing.  Both should be done with each dog grooming.

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