When it comes to home grooming sometimes the do-it-yourself moments can seem a little scary. I mean, after all, you’ve seen the outcome of just trying to get that pooch in the bathtub; it usually ends in a trail of soap and mud. So you can only imagine what horror might await you during a nail trim with your floppy eared friend. But when it comes to keeping your dog pet-pretty, it really isn’t as difficult as you might think. With just a few simple steps and a few helpful hints, you could be well on your way to becoming a pet grooming, nail trimming, toe primping goddess . . . you know, if you like that sort of thing.
Trimming Nails the Easy Way
Nail trimming is perhaps among the scariest of the do-it-yourself doggie chores. There’s always the fear of cutting the nail to the quick and the cringing that comes with a bleed. But with a little practice and a few simple tips, you can master the art of the pet pedicure in no time flat. Here’s how . . .First of all, you will need to trim your pet’s nails about once per month. You’ll need a pair of scissors or clippers made especially for the type of furry friend that you are going to pamper. Start out by having your pet sit beside you and taking their paw in your hand. Pull their paw forward. It may be a little odd at first, so praise him for a job well done with lots of pats and a few treats.
Examine the nail to find the quick of it. If you can’t quite make it out, trim just behind where the nail begins to curve. (It is better to under trim than over trim.) It helps to trim the nail gradually. If you accidentally reach the quick, don’t worry. Simply have a few cotton balls or a clean rag handy and hold pressure over the bleed. You can also purchase blood-clotting powder at your local pet store to make bleeding less scary and easier to control.
Keeping a Healthy Coat
It’s a good idea to brush your pet once a day. This helps to spread the essential oils that his coat needs to stay looking healthy and shiny. Daily brushing also removes dirt and excess hair leading to less shedding in the home. It is best to start grooming at an early age; this helps to keep his coat healthy for life and also helps him become accustomed to the sights and feels of grooming. However, if your dog is an older pooch, it’s never too late to start on a path to healthier living. If he resists, you can teach an old dog new tricks with lots of praise and treats. Before long he will be enjoying his daily grooming time and possibly even fetching you the brush!
Bathing Made Simple
As you already know, some dogs love their bath while some loathe it completely. Needless to say, there isn’t much in between. They either can’t wait to hop in or they run away as fast as they can straight through the grumpy neighbor’s freshly watered prized tulips.
For starters, it’s a good idea to place a rubber mat in the tub before bathing your pet. This helps to steady his feet and keep him from getting that look of sheer terror when he goes butt first into the bubbles after a slide. Besides, a rubber mat doubles your chance of the bath ending with the fluff of a towel and not the tracking of bath water on the white carpet. Place a cotton ball into each of your pet’s ears. This will help to prevent any water getting down inside the ear canal. Using a special pet shampoo, begin to give your dog a good wash. Be sure to wash in between your pet’s toes, the rectum, under his chin and behind his ears. A hose often comes in handy, but be sure to use only warm water and to hold the hose as close as possible to your pet. Never spray your pet in the face. Finish off your bath with a nice towel dry or treat your pet to a salon style blow drying right at home. When it comes to taking care of your pet, grooming can be as simple as a loving as your pet . . . and sooner or later, just like the love you share, grooming will come more naturally every day.