Sooner or later, your four legged friend is going to require some grooming—yet another expense that comes with the responsibility of having a pet. And since it’s important you groom your pet on a regular basis, those costs can quickly add up. However there is no need to spend hundreds of dollars at the local pet boutique. If you arm yourself with the right tools and follow these tips, you can groom your pet at home with ease.
What you’ll need: There are quite a few brush types, so make sure you pick the right on for your dog’s coat. Bristle brushes can be used for all coat types, and vary according to the space and length of bristles. Generally, the longer the coat, the more widely spaced and longer the bristles should be. If your dog has coarse hair, opt for stiffer bristles. Wire-pin brushes are ideal for pets with medium to long hair and/or curly or woolly coats. Finally there are sticker brushes, which are helpful to remove mats and tangles.
What you’ll need: Since many dogs are not a fan a bath time, we recommend investing in a detachable shower head with a long hose. This will provide the most efficient way to get your dog wet enough to lather, and then rinse.
What you’ll need: There are three primary types of nail trimmers: guillotine style, Miller's forge and large nail trimmers. The guillotine style is the most popular, especially for small dogs because of the ease of placing in the nail (the nail is passed through a metal hoop, and as the handle closes the nail is clipped). Miller’s forge trimmers resemble scissors, with blades that have semi-circular indentions. They are best for small and medium sized dogs, and are stronger than guillotine clippers. Finally there are large dog nail trimmers, which are like Miller’s forge but with thicker and stronger blades that separate far enough for large nails to fit.
What you’ll need: A good pair of clippers and clipper coolant. Compare the sound level of various clippers, and get the one that makes the least noise, as the louder the buzzing the more scared your pet is likely to feel. Make sure your clipper blades are sharp since dull blades will pull your dog’s hair more. Always use a clipper coolant or lubricant on your blades to keep them from getting too warm, and frequently turn them off throughout the haircut and touch them yourself to make sure they are not too hot.
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