DIY Dog Grooming Tips by Breed All the Tips and Advice You Need to Start Grooming Solo

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If you're tired of shelling out dollars for a groomer to give your dog a bath and a trim, and are considering the DIY route, first get informed about what your specific dog will need.

Grooming and trimming your dog is important for more than just fashion purposes. Many dogs require seasonal or routine grooming to prevent matting or to help cut down on shedding. And while you can always nip down to the local groomer, many dog parents choose to take the clippers into their own hands.

DIY dog grooming can get tricky if you aren't prepared for the task or if you don't know how to properly groom your dog. Here you'll find a plethora of information to start safely grooming your pooch.

Grooming by the Breed

Certain dog breeds have specific grooming concerns. Take a look at what a Greyhound will need, compared to a Border Collie, or a Westie.

Don't See Your dog Above?

If your dog's breed isn't listed above, fear not! We have tons of information on grooming to make sure you experience nothing but smooth sailing.

  • Basic Grooming Tips: This article covers grooming 101. From brushing to bathing, this article will help you clean up your pup without dirtying your house.
  • Puppy Grooming: Puppies need grooming too, and since they are still babies, there are some extra considerations to be made. Here are some puppy grooming ideas you may have otherwise overlooked.
  • Large Dog Grooming: With a Great Dane comes great responsibility. Having a big dog means you are going to encounter some obstacles during grooming that people with a tinier dog would not. This article will show you the road bumps you might encounter, and how to persevere.
  • Small Dog Grooming: Small dogs also come with their own set of grooming-related complications. Learn how to get between their tiny toes and make sure they're sage in the bathtub.

The Nitty Gritty

  • Grooming Supplies: This article has everything to get your home grooming station up and running. Take a look at what youโ€™ll need.
  • Best Breeds for Fancy Grooming: If you find the process of trimming, clipping, and bathing too simple, perhaps it's time to step up your game with one of these breeds that are more fancy groom compatible. Put your grooming skills to the test!

Spring Grooming for Dogs

Spring marks the end of winter and the beginning of summer. After spending months indoors, itโ€™s finally time for the dogs and their owners to head out and enjoy the sun, bond over games, and have fun. But before you decide to take your dog out for long walks, you need to groom your dog so that your dog can enjoy the oncoming season without any difficulties. Here are 5 simple tips to get you going.

  1. Groom the winter coatIn order for your dogs to cope up with winter, their coat becomes thicker. After winter is over, the dogs begin to shed the extra coat. You would have noticed tumbleweeds of dog hair on your floor, clothes, bed, and sofa (to name a few things hair sticks on). You can get rid of the winter coat by brushing your dog on a daily basis. If the coat is too long, spring is the best time to get it clipped by a professional.
  2. Check for parasitesAs the warmer weather sets in fleas, ticks, and other parasites will be on the prowl. You want to keep your dog out of harmโ€™s way. You can check the skin of the dog for these parasites or you can visit your vet to get the dog checked by a professional.
  3. Begin worm controlThe beginning of any season is the good for deworming. Summer season is ideal because worms can infect dogs during this time. Finding the right combination can be difficult so make sure you visit the vet to avoid any complications.
  4. Lose winter weightDogs tend to gain extra weight during winter as they are not as active as they usually are. Dog owners tend to think that it's okay for dogs to carry a little bit of extra weight. You should know that overweight pets are prone to serious diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, pancreatitis, and cardiovascular problems. Make it a goal to lose the excess weight.
  5. Clean the bed, collar, and toysAs dogs spend a considerable amount of time indoors during winters, the bed will full of grime and dirt. Clean the bed using a vacuum cleaner to remove all hair that is caught onto the fabric and wash it with cold water. Dry the bed outdoors so that the bed is fluffy again. The collar can be washed by using dog shampoo and hot water. Ensure the collar is rubbed against itself to remove the dirt because if you use a brush to clean the collar, the material could get damaged. The toys can be cleaned by using a combination of vinegar and water or with the help of a dishwasher.

With these tips, your dog can have a wonderful summer thatโ€™s filled with happiness and joy.

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