The success of dog grooming in 2020
How to groom your dog at home? This could be a very challenging procedure.
Some dogs do not like to be groomed at all. It make sense to hire professional groomer from the pet store despite how much does it cost to groom a dog. Anyway we will tell you all about it if you want to groom your dog at home.
First watch some videos on how to groom dog face and how to groom a dog with clippers. Then you have to make a plan on how often to groom a dog. How to trim dog paws with clippers especially with long haired dogs.
Pet groomers are often have extensive practice how to goome dogs. So the grooming prices may vary. You have to ask if can I trim my dog with human clippers.
The only obstacle to all our goodwill in the face of cleanliness: the return of the mud! The dog park is overrun with them, even our backyard is a giant swamp. Not to mention that the risk that your dog will encounter a skunk also increases ...
And who says mud says dog which dives there systematically… A visit to the groomer is essential.
However, it turns out that doggie does not like to be washed at all. He has trouble having his legs and ears manipulated and bringing him to the bathroom is a real feat. The solution? Desensitization!
The key to desensitization is to take it one step at a time. The greater the fear, the more we will have to go through small challenges so as not to stay on a bad experience.
My dog does not want to take a bath!
Does your dog hate taking a bath? He probably doesn't spend a lot of time in the bathroom. So before we make him like a particular thing, let's start with the play.
From now on, all his meals will be given to him in the bathroom. Once the room has become a fun place, let's move on to our main challenge: the bath.
Warning!! If your dog is showing signs of discomfort (pulling back, looking away, whale-eyed, yawning, licking his muzzle, etc.) when he is near the bath, don't force him to go any closer and start. by simply rewarding it. Very gradually, depending on your dog's rhythm, you can get closer and closer to the bath.
If your dog is comfortable, you should be able to get started with the following steps.
Step 1: Divide his meal into two portions: one on the ground and the other part in the bath. Gradually decrease the portion on the floor so that the meal takes place only in the bath.
Step 2: Is it no longer a challenge to get into the bath and eat there? So slowly, run a thin stream of water in your bathtub at the same time as your dog eats his meal. Do not hesitate to congratulate your dog. Increase the difficulty by increasing the flow of the tap to a regular jet (no need to run the water at its maximum power).
If your dog shows signs of discomfort when he hears the water running, start running it while Pitou is NOT in the bath, even outside the bathroom if necessary. Reward him with his favorite rewards as soon as he hears the water! Gradually you can increase the spray and then slowly decrease the distance your dog is at. Use only special dogs shampoos and conditioners.
Noise in the bath is sometimes something that scares your dog. To reduce his fear, but also a question of safety, put a non-slip mat in the bottom of the bath. Reassuring and reassuring for you and for him.
The key to success is to stick to your pace!
Bring him his favorite toy!
Now desensitized in the bath, it will be a much less stressful experience for your dog and for your groomer when he gets on the famous doggie washing machine.
Cut the claws of a carefree dog
How many dog owners that we meet on a daily basis tell us that they hate cutting their dog's claws more than anything else? Should you trim the fur on dogs paws?
It is possible to make this skincare routine pleasant, for you as for your companion.
Step 1: Handling the legs
Take your dog's paw in your hand, without force or pressure. Reward your dog with several treats. If your dog wants to withdraw his paw, it is because this step is already too difficult for him and he is not comfortable. It will then be better to start by touching its paw rather than picking it up.
Then gently manipulate the paw.
Once Pitou is very comfortable and even happy with this step, move on to the next one.
Step 2: handling the claws
Your dog now enjoys having his paws manipulated. Do the same exercise as in step # 1, but with the claws.
Step 3: Familiarize yourself with the claw cutter
Place it on the ground and place several croquettes or treats around it. Let your dog approach and eat the treats at their own pace. Reward him with a good dog as he eats.
Take out your claw cutter at different times of the day and repeat this exercise several times a day.
These are the same desensitization exercises as with the legs. When you touch his ears, reward your dog. When you let go of their ear, after a few seconds, stop rewarding. Repeat a few times.
If he does not let you approach, start with an easier step: bring your hand gently to his ears without touching them and reward him several times, the hand always close to the ear. Remove your hand and stop giving rewards. Once your dog is very comfortable with this step, increase the difficulty very gradually. If he's uncomfortable again, step back!
To integrate the cleaning product (liquid), proceed in the same way as with the ears: start a few drops at a time. Once the dog tolerates his drops well, increase drop by drop until complete cleansing. You may initially only present the bottle to your dog as a reward and gradually bring the bottle closer. Again, if your dog is uncomfortable backing up the steps, it's too difficult for him.
Reward him while you put the product in his ears. Don't wait until you're done before rewarding him, especially during the desensitization period .
It is not innate for a dog to like to be brushed. For a dog who shows discomfort when being brushed, it should not wait until they are finished to reward him. We have to, while we brush him, reward him with treats he loves very much. This unpleasant moment will henceforth be associated with a positive experience… He will ask for more!
Start with small areas to brush
Brush your dog several times a day at different times of the day
Check that the type of brush you have is suitable for your pet's hair (for example, a Pitbull will prefer to be brushed with a rubber brush rather than a metal one)
Having a healthy oral hygiene prevents a lot of health problems for your dog… In particular at the level of the inflammation of the gums! It also delays the fateful moment of putting your dog to sleep for a scaling.
On average, dogs need to have their teeth scaled at least twice in their lifetime.
However, with a good daily tooth brushing, we can reduce the number of treatments to one for a dog's life!
If your dog has never seen a toothbrush in his life, start by getting him to tame this new object:
Make him eat treats around the toothbrush
Put some toothpaste (for dog!) On his brush and let him feast. Then start brushing on one side only and then finally on the other.
Establish a routine with your dog to make the moment even happier.
Do not use your toothpaste to brush your dog's teeth. Some ingredients are harmful to his health.
And as the song says so well: Ah c'qu'on is good when you are in your bath ...
It is essential for our dog to tame all these grooming routines in order to make these moments pleasant for us and for him.
It is never pleasant to have a dog with a reputation for man-eating among groomers. Desensitizing is the best technique to restore calm and harmony in the basic care granted to our canine companion.
Note that these techniques may well apply to your cat as well.