Primp That Pooch: Home Dog Grooming Tips
Home grooming will save you trips to the “salon” and a whole bunch of cash. Here are some tips from Kathi Molloy, a 20-year breeder and show dog owner, to get you (or a family member without pet allergies) started.
Take a Class
Give yourself a head start by taking a class. Major pet stores will cover the basics; get more advanced tips from a professional.
Try, Try Again
Bathing is simple, but trimming takes some time to master (especially on longer-haired breeds). Mistakes are inevitable, but remember, they can always be fixed by a pro.
Get the Right Supplies
All you really need to get started are a few simple tools: a brush, a comb, shampoo and conditioner. Be sure to only use pet-specific products.
Get the Most from Your Professional Cut and Bath
Not ready for full DIY? In between visits, try grooming wipes, sponge baths, and a good shampoo and conditioner to help keep your dog fresher, longer.
Don’t Forget the Nails
Invest in a special pair of clippers that ensure you won’t cut your dog’s nails too short. And if nail polish is your thing, buy one that’s water-based and made for animals.
If you’re allergic to pets, let another family member or a professional take care of grooming. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recommends grooming be done outside, and notes that bathing pets regularly may help reduce airborne allergens.