If you are a hands-on kind of pet owner and want to get the best out of your grooming routine, these top 5 tops for dog grooming can help you get the best results. Keep in mind that you may want to leave certain things to the professionals. Addressing the anal gland, for instance, can have serious side effects if not done correctly – even trained professionals can have a tough time.


Professional grooming can be a bit pricey, but this is for a good reason. Grooming can be a challenging task and requires great care, attention, and practice to get great (and safe) results. If you want to skip the professional grooming appointment and try your hand at grooming, let’s have a look at your most important considerations. Most duties can be done at home with the right care, and you can drastically cut down on the regularity of professional visits with just a few key practices.


Play, Play, Play

Most dogs are full of energy and do not sit still for long. This is doubly true if they are sitting in a tub of water, being sprayed by a showerhead, having a nail job, or any number of other tasks performed during a grooming session. To give yourself the best chance of having a relaxed dog, set aside some time beforehand to play with them. This not only gets them in a good mood, but it also helps to tucker them out a bit making it easier to get your job done in peace. 15-20 minutes should be enough, and maybe even add a few minutes after the grooming as a reward as well.


Understand The Breed

Some breeds are more tolerant of grooming than others. Poodles, for instance, have been pampered for many many generations and are quite tolerant of most grooming practices. Dogs bred for high activity, hunting, or other active behaviors may be harder to keep still and attentive during grooming. Keep in mind that every dog is different and has their own personality. Some dogs like to be handled while others do not appreciate it at all. Understanding the breed and temperament of your dog can ensure you have a great grooming session more often than not.


Brush Before Bathing

A knotty coat is a nightmare for both you and your pet. When you are preparing to bathe your pup, make sure to give them a good brushing beforehand. This helps to make sure there are fewer knots to deal with after the fact. Knotty fur gets even tighter with water so teasing the tangles before the bath helps prevent nasty knots. This also helps you spot parasites or sore spots that need attention and remove any large debris in the coat.


Clip Nails After Bathing

Many dog owners do not like to clip nails themselves. This is usually due to a pet that does not like to cooperate during the process. This unsettled behavior can increase cutting inaccuracy and can result in accidentally cutting the quick (the place where blood vessels and nerves are located) causing pain and bleeding. After the bath, the nails will be soft and supple allowing for fast and accurate clipping. Your pet will be more relaxed and less likely to feel any pain during clipping. This may not resolve their dislike, but it will make the job much easier and safer.


Use The Appropriate Tools

There are many different breeds of dog, and each a different size. There is a very big difference between the largest and smallest breeds, and thus grooming tools must be purchased accordingly. Using an oversized or undersized brush, clippers, scissors, harness, etc. can be not only ineffective but also dangerous for your pet. If you are ever unsure about what tools are best for your pet, ask your groomer what tools they suggest for home use. Getting the right tools will save you time and hassle and will keep your pup comfortable and ready for the next session.


Final Thoughts

Professional grooming can be an important part of your pet care routine. Even so, establishing a regular at-home grooming routine can dramatically decrease your visits (and costs). Using these top 5 tips for dog grooming can help to give you the best chance at getting professional results from the comfort of your home. Please contact our Glendale, AZ office if you have any questions. We are always here to help you get the best results from your at-home care routines.