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How to Groom Your Pet Dog
Thursday February 11th 2016
Keeping your dog’s coat at a decent length will help make sure they’re the coolest pooch in town. But for breeds like bearded collies and Yorkshire terriers, whose coats can start to matt, grooming every six to eight weeks is pretty much essential.
It’s a tough skill to master, but those uneven bits left over after your first attempt will grow out after a few weeks, and you’ll also save on the cost of taking your pooch to a professional groomer.
Find the right salon space
Start off by giving your pooch a decent wash with specialist shampoo to make sure their coat is free from dirt and debris, and follow up with a good brush to get rid of any tangles and knots. This is also a good time to check for ticks, and pluck out any bugs you find with tweezers. You’ll need to find somewhere quiet, where your pooch won’t get easily distracted, and that will also be easy to clean afterwards.
Many professional groomers have special tables, which save their backs by stopping them having to bend down, while they can even have harnesses and straps to prevent animals fidgeting. But for us at home, unlikely to have this kind of kit, the kitchen table provides equally good salon space to get your doggy looking spic and span.
Just make sure you put a non-slip mat down beforehand, or else Fido might find it tricky to stay on all fours without sliding all over the place. And in place of a harness, it can be a good idea to have an extra pair of hands around to keep your pet still, so get a friend or family member to help while you work your magic.
• Top tip: You wouldn’t go to the hairdresser without an idea of the kind of cut you want, so make sure you do a bit of research before you start trimming so you know just how your breed of dog is supposed to look. Or if you want to get a bit creative, find some pictures online to give you something to aim for.
Before you start to chop, get your scissors and clippers out and ready to go. You might want to have a few treats handy too, in case he or she starts to play up and you need something to distract them with.
Getting the right pair of clippers will also make the whole process easier and reduce the chance of inadvertently causing pain. Choose some without a plastic guard – they may make it easier to get an even length, but the danger is they will get stuck in the fur and pull on the skin.
When you’re ready to get going, begin at the neck and work your way down to the back of the leg, repeating until you’ve given a decent trim all over. Go slowly, as clipping too fast to can leave lines in the fur. And to keep things looking natural, shave in the direction of the hair growth.
• Top tip: Remember to give your dog plenty of praise as you go along to help keep them calm.
As any top stylist will tell you, it’s those finishing touches that make the prefect trim. Here are a few ideas to help turn your cut into a masterpiece.
• For a good trim around the paws brush the hair between the toes upwards and trim with scissors
• Scissors are also best for cutting any stray bits the clippers have missed, and also for hair growing over the eyes
• When you’re done, get rid of any hair with a good brush down outside, or even another bath
This article was written on behalf of helpucover. helpucover is a trading style of Pinnacle Insurance plc, an insurance company who offers pet insurance.