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Ask A Groomer: 5 Secret Hacks For Grooming Your Dog At Home

Taking care of your dog’s grooming needs can be a bit of a chore. Here are 5 hacks to make the process easier for both you and your dog.

1. Put dog toothpaste directly on your finger.

At first, you can let your dog lick the toothpaste off. Once they get a taste for it, gradually get them used to putting your finger in their mouth and rubbing the toothpaste over the teeth. The enzymatic toothpaste will help clean their teeth even without the scrubbing of a toothbrush. Once your dog is used to having your finger in his mouth, graduate to a finger toothbrush – a cap for your finger with bristles on one side. (Note: NEVER use toothpaste made for humans, and only use products formulated for dogs.)

2. Groom your dog after a long walk or heavy play session.

They’ll be tired and less likely to fight with you when you groom them.

3. Brush your dog while watching television.

If your dog likes to snuggle while you’re watching TV, keep a brush or comb near the sofa and use it for 15 minutes a night.

4. Use a flea comb to remove the goobers that form in the hair under your dog’s eyes.

This works best when your dog’s face is wet. The goobers will slide out easier.

5. Put your dog on a table, counter, or washing machine to brush them.

The elevated surface lets them know that playtime is over and it’s time to be serious. Be careful! Do not leave your dog alone for even a moment while on a high surface. They could injure theirself if they try to hop off, and older dogs or dogs prone to knee and hip injuries can suffer pretty serious damage to their joints. 

These are just a few of the things you can try to make the grooming process easier for you and your dog. Use what works best for the two of you and keep looking for ways to make grooming a pleasant experience. Grooming your dog should never feel like a chore for either of you.

 

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Written by Jennifer Nelson

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