Dog Grooming Lessons

Easy to Follow Dog Grooming Lessons

dog grooming lessonsYou can pay for dog grooming lessons or you can get some great tips here for free. If you are interested in starting your own dog grooming business, then you should probably get some in depth classes that will show you how to work with every breed.

For everyone else, these lessons will be perfectly sufficent!

Dog Grooming Lessons - Step by Step

Here are the basic dog grooming lessons you'll need broken down in easy to follow steps. You don't necessarily have to do them in order, but it will probably be a lot easier if you did. When you're done going through this, you'll see that it's not as hard as you would think it is!

Step 1

Make sure that you have everything you need befroe you start grooming! You want to be able to easily reach anything you need. If you find that you have to get up and get something, your dog might try to run around with half a haircut or wet fur!

Some of the things that you will need when you start grooming your dog include things like scissors, nail clippers, and sponges or brushes for cleaning their fur, teeth, and ears. If you are bathing your dog, then be sure to have your shampoo and plenty of towels.

Step 2

The next thing you are going to do is start brushing your dog. You want to make sure that you are getting out all the mats that could have formed because they will make things pretty hard when your dog's fur is wet. If you have gone a long time without grooming your dog, then there might be some pretty tough mats that you will have to cut or shave.

If your dog has medium to short fur you probably shouldn't run into any problems. If that is what you have, then you will probably just need to use a standard brush. When the fur starts to get longer though, you need to try to use pin brushes or slickers.

The point of the initial brushing is to stimulate the skin and get the blood flowing smoothly. This will also help your dog's skin to keep itself oily and healthy. If you don't do it, your dog's skin will get very dry and their fur will lose its shine.

Step 3

After the initial brushing, you are going to start working on your dog's face. Check their ears, and make sure there isn't an odd smell or excess wax coming from them. You can clean it out by putting some rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball. You don't need to be too crazy about cleaning the ears, and you want to be careful not to go too deep.

You can just glance at your dog's eyes to see if there is anything wrong or not. If your dog has very long fur, you will need to get it out of the way to make sure that there is no gunk presence. If you do notice anything that looks odd, such as some kind of discharge, then you should gently clean it off with a lightly wet cotton ball (no rubbing alcohol).

Step 4

One of the most important parts of grooming your dog is cleaning their teeth. Many dogs will eventually develop disease of the gums, and if there is too much plaque present in their mouths it could cause damage to their organs as well. Ideally, you should brush the teeth of your dog at least a couple of times a week.

There sprays that you can use that will help to kill bacteria in your dog's mouth and get it clean. You can also get speical tooth brushes that are specifically designed for dogs.

And while your dog will flinch and be annoyed when you try to get to their teeth, you need to do it. They will get more used to it over time and you'll be able to go through it pretty quickly.

Step 5

If your dog is not one that is constantly running outside and going on walks, then their nails will grow very quickly without naturally getting trimmed. If that is the case, then you need to make sure to keep them properly trimmed so they don't curl over and collect bacteria. Be careful not to clip them too short though, as it can be very painful for dogs (you might hit a nerve).

Step 6

You're almost done! At this point, you need to get your dog in a nice bath. Run lukewarm water over them, and use a handheld shower nozzle if you have one. Get your shampoo and thoroughly scurb your dog, just like you would with yourself.

Your dog will definitely struggle the first couple of times that you do this with them, but they'll eventually get used to the idea. When they are all done, get a good towel and try to dry them off as best as you can. Your dog will be incredibly excited at this point, both because they are no longer in the water and because it feels so good to be clean!

That's really all there is to grooming your dog yourself! It takes practice and dedication to do it on your own, but you will really improve the healthy and quality of your dog's life by doing this. It will help you to catch any diseases before they happen and you will extend your dog's life because of that!


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