Tips For Grooming Your Dog At Home

Tips For Grooming Your Dog At Home

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Let’s admit it — professional groomers are miracle workers! Washing your dog at home can prove to be quite the challenging task if you aren’t prepared.  If you’re missing your groomer, here are some DIY tips for grooming your dog while at home.

Make sure you have your grooming checklist ready:

BEFORE THE GROOMING 

Pro Tip: If your furry friend gets stressed during grooming, give them a cup of room-temperature chamomile tea with honey about 30 min before bath time, followed by a carb-rich treat like our Antioxidant Health Bars. The glucose in the treat will deliver the calming tea straight to your dog’s brain. (Make some extra tea for yourself if you're nervous too!)

  • If you don’t have a waterproof apron to protect your clothes, be sure to change into something that can get wet. Preferably it will have pockets to stow savory-smelling dog treats, while keeping your hands free.

  • Using a high-quality cleanser, like our Revitalizing Shampoo, makes a difference. The luxurious lather will not strip your dog’s protective oils or leave soapy residue on their coat.  The natural fruit extracts have a soothing fragrance both you and your dog will appreciate.

  • Long-haired breeds should be brushed with a fine-toothed comb first. Otherwise you could end up making knots in their coat even worse.

  • If your dog especially seems to dislike outside baths, it might be a good idea to try the bathtub. Many dogs respond much better to lukewarm water.

DURING THE GROOMING 

  • Start by wetting your dog at their neck and move backwards. Then, apply shampoo and use a gentle massaging motion. Give them soothing words of encouragement — your voice can be therapeutic to your dog!

  • Make sure you don’t miss any commonly missed spots, such as the underarms. Scrub from top to bottom — first wash one side, then the other.  Don’t forget inbetween the toes and to wash their face last.

  • To rinse them off, start at your pup’s head (avoiding the eyes) and move backwards, as all the soap will run down the dog.  Rinse one side of the body first, then the other before rinsing her chest, underarms, belly and legs thoroughly. To rinse their head, soak a washcloth and wring it out just above their head. Use the washcloth to wipe their muzzle and around the eyes.

    • After rinsing, use your hands like squeegees to remove excess water.  This also allows you to feel if you have left any soap behind.  Rinsing all the soap off completely is important, as any soap left behind can make your dog itchy.  Let them shake that excess water off!


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AFTER THE GROOMING

      • Now you’re ready to dry your dog using towels. If your dog has long or cottony fur, try to use more of a patting motion rather than rubbing to avoid matting the fur.

      • Once they are dry, follow up with a skin & coat conditioner, like our Bath Fresh Mist. This conditioner helps keep their exterior hydrated, healthy and smelling fresh!

      • Don’t forget about the ears! Many breeds of dogs need to have the hair in their ears cleaned regularly — this helps fight off bacteria, dirt and grime trapped inside the ear canal. Our Ear Care Formula gently and safely removes dirt and debris while nourishing the tender skin of the ears.

      • To finish the grooming session, remember to offer your dog their favorite treat. This helps seal the experience in your dog’s mind as a positive one. 

Remember, bathe your dog no more than every 2-3 weeks.  You can use our skin and coat spray, Bath Fresh Mist, in between baths to neutralize odors and condition the skin.  Just spray and brush it in.  You will love the smell and your dog will love the attention.

Are there any must-know tips you can share with others? Leave a comment below!

Comments (3) -

  • Carl Penley

    8/4/2021 9:26:02 PM |

    My 10 year old female Shih Tsu is a hair growing machine. I do all her grooming myself. I have always used a harness on her for our walks. She get some serious matting where that harness rubs her chest and under arm area. I use the Revitalizing Shampoo for bathing. It works great. But, I just recently tried using the Bath Fresh Mist during drying and comb out. Wow! I spray it on directly and even spray the brush. Helps the comb glide smoothly through her coat even as I am drying her. And when I find the serious mats, I saturate it with the spray. Then I start combing from the outer edges of the mat and working it out very quickly. This works much better than any detangling products I have used before. And it seems the more I use it this way, the less matting she has. I feed both my Shih Tsu Life's Abundance dry kibbles and they always drink distilled water. They are wonderful, calm,and happy dogs. I am counting on Life's Abundance products to keep them happy for many years to come.

  • Vickie L Shannon

    8/7/2021 11:40:58 AM |

    i always seem to use too much shampoo. any tips on preventing that from happening?

  • Life's Abundance

    8/9/2021 10:42:42 AM |

    Thank you for your comment! As a suggestion, you can brush your pet before bathing to take away any excess or lose hair. Then, start with a small dollop of shampoo, lather it up, and begin at the top. The shampoo will run down to the ends and you can always add more as needed!

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