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Looking after your pup can be a whole lot of responsibility. From feeding and watering to walking and grooming, you have to be willing to be hands on in order to ensure they’re happy and healthy. While some people are keen to pass off some responsibilities to the groomer, undertaking those tasks can be the perfect time for you to bond with your furry friend. From clipping their claws to cleaning their ears and giving them a brush, it’s time for you to cuddle, chat (yes, honestly), and just enjoy each other’s company. While the groomers are best for haircuts, try doing a few things at home and enjoy your time together.

 

Why do it at home?

First things first, there’s definitely a financial benefit to grooming from home. Groomers can be costly, and while it’s far more straightforward to have someone else do it, if you’re watching your cash-flow, it definitely pays to do some of these things at home. Most importantly, though, is it gives you quality time to spend with your pup. It builds trust and strengthens the bond between the two of you, but it also enables you to give them a regular health check. Any suspicious lumps, bumps, scratches or scabs will show their faces when you spend that much time with your pup, meaning you can more easily monitor anything which might be a concern.

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What tools do I need?

A nail clipper (for dogs, not humans), a toothbrush and toothpaste, a good brush, and some hypoallergenic shampoo is a good place to start. If you’ve got a pup with long hair, some sharp scissors for removing hair from between the toes or in front of the eyes can help. You’ll also be responsible for flea and tick management, so some good substances for flea and tick prevention for dogs is also good to have in your repertoire. You’re not expected to go out and buy the most expensive dog clippers – you’re not setting up your own grooming business (yet!).

 

When’s the best time to do it?

You’ll want to set aside a good chunk of time every week or so to sit down together and go through the motions. Spontaneity is, unfortunately, not the key here. Your best bet is to take them out for a walk and a play to tire them out and help them to relax, before putting them in the bath and getting down to it. Time of day obviously doesn’t matter; it’s just about finding the time to do it all properly. A good routine can also help to put your dog at ease, and a few treats never go amiss.

 

What are some essential grooming tips?

Use your finger to separate your dog’s toes before clipping his nails, so you don’t accidentally catch any of their skin, and then clean the area with a cotton pad and warm water. You can also use a cotton pad and warm water to clean their eyes and ears of any residual build up to ensure they’re comfortable and to keep infections at bay.

 

Grooming your pup at home is a great time for you to bond and to build intimacy and trust between you. Do you have any essential grooming tips that you and your furry friend enjoy? Get in touch and let us know!

 

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