(DOGS/PET CARE) Having pets can be overwhelming at times. They become our nearest to dearest ones in just no time, which makes us willing to do anything we can to keep them happy, healthy, and safe.
When it comes to grooming, weâ€™ll discuss how it relates to your dogâ€™s hygiene and betterment. Just like training a puppy, making him/her comfortable during groom time requires some effort and close attention.
Whether you have a big dog with minimal hair growth or a smaller-sized breed with long hair, here are some tips to make your furry friend comfortable when being groomed.
Photo Credit: Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images
As you know, grooming is not only important for the pet, but for you and your home as well! So bathing your dog and grooming different areas of their body is much more important than you think.
Start preparing your pooch for regular baths when he/she isÂ young. Bathing is crucial as it removes any unpleasant odors and the dirty layer of their coat. It also helps remove loose hair and debris, which can bring out the coatâ€™s natural shine.
To reduce any of your petâ€™s fears, make them believe that itâ€™s safe to be groomed and these procedures will not harm them. To acclimate your pets with the grooming process, look into their eyes and talk them through the process. For example, you can tell them how brave they are, and promise them a reward or treat after completion.
Brushing keeps the coat clean and maintains its good condition by removing any matted or knotted hair. This way, youâ€™ll familiarize them with the use of combs or brushes. So to prepare a puppy for grooming, we should start brushing them on a daily basis and eventually move forward with other grooming procedures.
Dog breeds like poodles and Afghan hounds particularly need regular brushing because of their heavy fur coats.
Itâ€™s vital that pet parents do not rush the process and gradually train their puppies to feel comfortable about grooming. Dogs can get frightened and start barkingÂ at various grooming tools (particularly electric trimmers and blow dryers), and if they do not stay still, the situation can become hazardous.
If your pet is being groomed for the first time, itâ€™s imperative to keep the session limited or work in intervals, if necessary. Keep in mind that dogs, especially puppies, can barely tolerate the sound of a trimmer or nail clippers.
Find a neutral place for grooming, or go to the same veterinary clinic where you usually take him/her.
Your dog is more likely to remain calm if you choose a place where he/she prefers to play, like your backyard or garden area.
Believe it or not, choosing the proper grooming tools are just as important as the grooming itself. Consult a professional groomer who can helpÂ choose the best tools for your breed as there are many different tools for different types of fur coats.
One can also choose the right tools based on your pupâ€™s reactions. Itâ€™s essential to use tools that will keep them calm during the grooming session. Be sure to select combs, brushes, nail clippers, etc. according to their specific needs.
Regular grooming is a vital part of responsible dog care. But not all dogs are fans of grooming at first, so here are some tips for reducing their anxiety and making them comfortable with grooming.
Always keep in mind that we must not force a puppy or even an adult dog into anything he/she is not comfortable with as it can increase their anxieties and fears. Donâ€™t worry if the first session failsâ€“just stay persistent. Train them well and they will eventually learn to cope.
Also, try to avoid frequently switching groomers or grooming areas. If the first session goes well, then take it as a positive sign and keep up the good work!