Dog Grooming, Tools, Tips, and Tricks

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Grooming your dog is not an easy task. Depending on the breed of dog you have; you have to consider the type of hair your dog has, the style that you just wish, and how your pet acts when being groomed. I adopted a tiny breed, a Maltese, several years ago and I have groomed him myself coupled with him professionally groomed. He has gone from having long hair, as being a show dog, to now using a "puppy cut".

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Becoming prepared before beginning dog grooming is essential. Also, take into account the time allowed. If you are a beginner, this will be something you need a couple of hours to do. Here are some things I have found necessary to get ready before hand, along with what to do during the grooming process.

Having Proper Grooming a dog Tools

Good quality clippers - Here is the most important of all tools you will require. Don't go out and buy the cheapest ones you can get, here you truly get what you purchase. Also, make sure they support different length or changeable blades. Plastic guards, as what you'll get with human hair clippers, simply do not work (this is especially true with dog's that don't have an under coat).
Pin Brush - These are generally great for long-haired dogs and helpful kids out tangles and mats. Make sure they have a rubber base around the pins for flexibility, as it is easier for you and more comfortable for the dog.
Slicker Brush - Ideal for finishing your dog grooming session, giving your puppy a great look.
Comb - To be used on the face of your dog, it is a must. It's simpler to get around the eyes, nose, and mouth without injuring your pet like a wire pin brush could do.
Hair dryer - Best for drying long-haired dogs, but make sure you use a low warm setting as to never burn your dog. Also, always dry your dog's hair before cutting and brushing.
Finishing Spray/Detangler - Based on the breed of dog, you may end up having hair that is not laying down properly due to static electricity plus a good finishing spray can offer the perfect ending touch.

Preparing Your dog for the Grooming Session.

Fully brush your puppy before giving them a bath. This will make bathing easier then when using proper shampoos and conditioners your dog's hair and skin will appearance and feel great.
Consider the shampoo you use. Many dogs are sensitive to the harsh chemicals in pet shampoos. Using organic and natural, oatmeal based, or hypoallergenic shampoos are the most useful.
Use conditioner. I've discovered that this is so helpful kids your dog during the drying process. Hair dries faster and is also easier to brush.

Someone to assist

Grooming the underside with the dog, inside of legs and arms, and grooming the sanitary areas is extremely difficult. If you get an assistant they can hold the dog up so this task so that it can be done with ease.
Your assistant can talk to the dog, keeping it calm and distracting it if you are grooming.


Last and most importantly, take your time. Understand this is really a stressful situation not simply for you but for your pet as well. It's important to not go fast and cut or injure your dog, and you will inevitably need to do a lot of clipping and edit work to get the look you are trying to achieve.

It takes me about 2 1/2 hours even with all the proper tools as well as the aid of an assistant to groom out Maltese. As mentioned earlier, our dog receives a "puppy cut" and I will continue clipping and touching up areas even one to two days later easily see something I missed.

Now i give Whirly, my Maltese who's also the model at Whirly Dog Supplies, pet clothes and dog apparel online store, a "puppy cut" which both we enjoy the most, because it requires less maintain between grooming sessions.

Just remember, dog grooming is a tough job but time, patience, proper tools, as well as a little help from an associate of family member, it's very much easier and less stressful for you personally and your pet. I might love to hear the experiences a person has had when grooming your dog and the way you managed the task.