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How to Groom a Dog at Home: A Complete Guide

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Most people are often confused about how to groom a dog at home? So worry no more we have got you covered. Hey there dog lovers, today we bring you an amazing way to make the bond between you and your loyal companion even stronger. It is advisable to groom a dog from a professional groomer unless you are confident you can do it. With this guide, you can gain amazing dog groomings tips to make this routine experience enjoyable for both you and your adorable dog.

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How to Groom a Dog: Dog Grooming Tips:

The first and foremost thing that you have to keep in mind when you are wondering about how to groom a dog is that you must be confident. If you are nervous, your dog will sense it and get nervous too, so keep calm. Your dog trusts you with all its heart, do not startle it. 

The major tip to groom a dog is the before and after of the grooming session. Take it slow and develop from the early years to get your dog comfortable with the grooming routine. Ease your best friend by making a point to touch its sensitive spots every day so that during grooming it won’t hesitate. 

Another tip on dog grooming is that be prepared with the tools beforehand, do not run around in the middle of the session. Some basic tools that you’ll need are:

  • A grooming table with a grooming arm or someone else to hold your dog
  • A comb, brush or shedding blade depending on the length of your dog’s coat.
  • High-quality shampoo, specifically for dogs to avoid irritation of your dog’s skin by harsh chemicals
  • Clippers with preferable blade no.10
  • Sharp nail clippers for dogs or nail grinders.

Brushing your Dog’s Coat

One of the most frequent practice to groom a dog is to brush/comb its coat, a few times a week for a few minutes. You don’t have to do it all it in one go but you can build up the routine. If your dog has a long coat, use a metal pin brush to lose those long locks, but if you have a short-haired dog you can use a rubber bristles brush to comb through the fine hair. 

Start from its head towards its body in the direction of hair growth. Brush gently to avoid irritating your dog’s skin. Work around the matted hair as they may have an infection there.

Brushing your dog should be before you bathe your dog so that most of the dirt and shedding of hair is taken out. If you bathe your dog before brushing you’ll just end up with dirty bathwater and even more dirty dog.  

Bath Time!

Bath time can be a fun and messy activity, only if your dog is okay with water. The temperature of the bathing water should be warm but not too hot, if it’s hot for you, it’s hot for your dog. 

You can either bathe your dog out in the lawn or if it has to be inside the bath-tub make sure you have a steel net covering the drain to avoid clogging. Dilute the dog shampoo with water and gently massage your dog making it easier to wash off. Avoid getting the shampoo in your dog’s eyes. 

After bathing dry your dog thoroughly with one or two wet towels and if you want you can even blow dry it on no heat.

Dog Haircut

Dog haircut isn’t a piece of cake, specially when your dog is clumsy and impatient. Sharp blade clippers are a preferred tool for trimming your dog’s hair to avoid pulling of hair. Make sure your dog is on the grooming table with a sleeve or someone else is holding it to avoid sudden movements that might lead to cuts. 

Avoid areas where there are joints or the skin is bundled up to avoid cutting.

Use sharp scissors to lightly trim the hair on ears, underarms, face and all the sensitive areas, and make sure to use only the tip of the scissors to retract them if your dog makes any sudden movements.

How to Trim a Dog’s Nails

It is advised not to do this at home and get it done from a professional if you are not trained by a vet or a groomer on how to trim a dog’s nails. In this step of how to groom a dog, you need to make sure your dog is accustomed to the nail clipper or grinder noises to avoid, making it startle or nervous. Once it is used to it you can start with a sharp dog nail clipper. If your dog has white nails, clip the nail just before to pink point (the quick) to avoid bleeding. If your dog has black nails cut little by little until you reach a black spot, that’s where you need to stop.

Ear Clean-up

The best time to clean ears is after bathing to keep your dog’s ears wax free. Keeping them dry at all times is essential to avoid bacteria growth. Regular cleaning of ears even if not bathed is advised to keep them healthy.


Teeth are one of the most used parts of your dog and just like humans, they tend to decay. Now you must wonder how often should you brush your dog’s teeth? Well, it is recommended to brush your dog’s teeth 2-3 times a week. Be sure to use a dog tooth-brush and tooth-paste to give maximum effect and avoid hurting your dog. 

These dog grooming tips are sure to help you get started with a new journey of bond with your dog. Remember to always treat and praise your dog with kind words before, during and after the grooming session to link positive vibes with grooming making it an enjoyable experience for both you and your faithful furry companion. 

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