We have heard a lot about grooming and how important it is for your dog. Grooming not only keeps your dog in a good shape, but also concurrently gives dog owners a good opportunity to perform an overall check of their dogs so as to spot any unusual health symptoms. While there are many professional services that can definitely take care of the grooming, majority of dog owners still prefer to do it at home. Catching the trend of DIY grooming at home, many experienced groomers have established web pages or have written articles to provide information on grooming, from various techniques to tips for choosing the most appropriate dog grooming clipper, and so on. However, we are overflowed with information that we forgot the fun part of DIY grooming at home, which has been the reason why DIY grooming was preferred at the first place. Grooming should be a fun activity for both of you to enjoy your time together, so why don’t we set aside all the techniques for now and look into ways to make grooming more pleasant and enjoyable?
First thing first, get proper tools: dog grooming clipper, nail clipper, etc.
Okay, I know that you would think this is so contradictory because we just agree to set aside the techniques, and now the first thing is to get proper tools? But hey, grooming cannot be truly enjoyable if your grooming tools just don’t work on your dog. There are plenty of dog grooming clippers in the market, and choosing one for your dog requires some filtering. Depending on your dog’s type of coat, you can choose the most appropriate one. If you are unsure, consulting a sales associate or another more experienced groomer is always an option. In case you prefer trial and error to find out yourself which clipper works best on your dog, a dog groomer clipper kit would be a great choice as it includes various different blades for you to switch. There are tons of tips on purchasing a dog grooming clipper, so you can definitely check them out. The reason I want to discuss about the proper tools first is that some dog owners have not realized the needs of getting the correct tools. They think that human clippers work on dogs too, and that using human clippers on dogs can save their money and time on buying dog grooming clippers. This is a faulty thought. Although both are clippers and both have blades, dog’s fur or hair are thicker and has multiple layers, unlike our hair. Therefore, using human clippers on dogs will make the blades become dull and may cause discomfort or pain for your dog.
Hence, before we jump to the how-to-be-fun part, we must at least know the basics so that we don’t create more hassles for ourselves. If you have decided to clip your dog yourself, then having a dog grooming clipper is a must.
Have a nice little warm-up.
As humans, we do lots of different warm-up activities for many occasions. We warm up before a meeting, before a run, before studying, and so on. Warm-up time appears to be a great time for us to get ready, and slowly get started on the thing we want to do, so that our body and mind are fully prepared to effectively perform the task. Same concept applies to dog grooming. A nice little warm-up before clipping and grooming would be a great start for both of you to open up and familiarize with the space, the atmosphere, and the tools that you are going to work with. This not only helps to prevent your dog from anxiety, but also creates a fun moment for both of you.
A recommendation for the warm-up time is to give your dog a bath. Most dogs enjoy taking a bath and play with water, so take your time to enjoy this time with him. Additionally, giving your dog a bath is not only just for fun; it is actually beneficial for the upcoming grooming session as all the dirt should be cleared before clipping. For most of the time, we want to avoid clipping a dirty at all costs because the dirt will clog the clipper and make things more difficult. Therefore, you may want to be prepared to spend extra time on this before grooming.
Moreover, before you start turning on that clipper and get the job done, don’t forget to give your furry friend some warm touches, especially on the paws. We like to feel the love from our beloved ones, and so does our dog. You can start by petting your dog and play with him for a bit, and remain touching him regularly even during grooming session to help him relax.
Keep the session short and don’t forget the treats and compliments afterwards.
Dogs are sensitive to sounds, and clippers have quite loud noises. Although you may have purchased a good one with less noises, your dog may still not enjoy it that much. A shorter session lasting about 5 to 10 minutes would be more tolerable for you and your dog. The longer it takes, the more difficult it is for you to keep your dog stay still. Thus, instead of leaving the hair to grow out of control for a long period of time, you should do regular grooming so that each time you groom your dog, it takes less time to complete.
Last but not least, after grooming, don’t forget to give your four-legged friend compliments and treats. Your dog loves compliments and being praised, so throughout the session and even after that, tell them how well they are doing, and compliment them on their cooperation. In addition to compliments, it is suggested that you give your dogs special treats afterwards, which should only be used for grooming and not for other occasions. Your dog will associate grooming with a positive image, and definitely look forward to the next grooming session.
In conclusion, making a grooming session more enjoyable only takes you a bit more time and nothing else. When it comes to grooming, the focus has always been your dog, but actually you are also important too. Your dog does understand how you feel, and if you are stressed or unhappy, your dog will likely to spot that and be affected by your mood. Hence, be happy and have fun, and you will enjoy the time as much as your little friend.