One of the most important parts of keeping our dogs healthy is by making sure they get their proper grooming. However, not all dogs are fans of pet salons, or even of the hair dryer, or the comb, or…even water. Hence, grooming becomes a real challenge, every single time.
To help you turn grooming time into a pleasant experience, for both you and your dogs, here are some tips from the Animal Humane Society.
- allow you and your dog to have quiet time together.
- promote your dog’s good health in terms of his coat, skin, feet, ears, teeth, etc.
- allow you to become very familiar with all parts of your dog’s body and you’ll notice early on anything unusual that may require veterinary attention.
- promote good health for both humans and puppies – this type of interaction can actually lower stress levels and reduce blood pressure for both you and puppy.
- When you and your puppy are learning how to groom, come armed with a great attitude, lots of patience, and in the beginning, lots of treats. Always start slowly and add more as your puppy accepts what you’re doing. If you start getting frustrated, stop and come back to it later. Remember to keep it positive and fun.
Visit their site for more detailed instructions on how to bathe and brush you dogs, as well as how to trim their nails and keep their feet, ears, and teeth clean. The guide also includes how often should these be done and how to gradually ease your dogs into the process and not scare them. Also, as much as possible, avoid causing pain to the dog, as they might associate grooming to pain and be more frightful of it.
Remember to keep these in mind and hopefully, the next home grooming session of your dog becomes more fun and easy!