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Grooming your dog is perhaps something very important to you if you really love your pets. Keeping your best-friend neat and tidy not only makes it more presentable, but also keeps it healthy. Regularly cleaning your pooch prevents infections and diseases. Keep the following points in mind for your own safety and the dog's safety, whether you are a professional groomer or whether you do your dog's grooming yourself.Personal safety
Grooming a dog definitely involves risks as it can be impulsive and reflexive. One wrong touch and you can end up with a nasty bite or scratch. If you are grooming your dog yourself, make a careful note of what your dog does and doesn't like. There can be places or ways it hates to be touched, certain areas maybe a little irritating or painful. Study these patterns and take extra care while working on these areas. If you are a professional groomer, make sure you get a detailed list of 'Do's and 'Dont's from the owner. If possible, note them down for future reference and feel free to add your own points of observation.Sometimes you know that your dog is difficult to handle
and can be a little violent, or, an owner may tell you so if you are a professional. In such instances, it is a better idea not to handle the dog if you are not confident about it. If you are, then keep bite-proof gloves and muzzles handy. Take every precaution you can. When dealing with a dog that is known to get a little violent, no amount of precautions can be enough. Make sure you are well- equipped in case things go out of hand.Safety of the dog
Be very careful with those blades and scissors. Dogs may not be very happy about the treatment they are getting and as such may get fidgety or try to move free. This may result in undesirable nips, cuts and wounds. Take necessary precautions to keep the animal as still as possible. Keep your instruments sterilized and cleaned. This way, you will be avoiding further damage in case something does go wrong. Take special care when working around the dogs' eyes, ears, nose, throats and private organs. Be careful when grooming dogs with shaggy hair, dreads and matted locks as there is every chance that you may unknowingly hurt their skin.If you are a professional, never let the dog roam free around your premises. Gently, but firmly put it into its cage. The grooming table to the cage should be the only journey it makes as a limitless number of hazards can occur if it is roaming around freely. Make sure that before you put the dog into the cage you have dried up its hair and skin thoroughly to prevent and infections due to moisture
. You also need to be careful when using blow-dryers to dry off the dogs.