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Tips to Keep Your Pet Calm During Grooming

Anyone who has ever owned a dog knows that no two dogs are alike.  Their temperaments, behaviors, and personalities fall on a spectrum just like with humans.  This comes into play with grooming, too.  Some dogs find grooming to be a relaxing and even fun experience.  Others find it very stressful.  This can be exacerbated by the natural tendencies of your pet, such as if they are averse to strangers, being left alone/without you, being touched, and so on.  It can be hard enough to groom your dog on your own in your own bathroom or sink at home, but a dog who is already anxious, stressed, and looking for the exit can be almost impossible to take to a groomer.  Keeping calm during grooming is a struggle for many dogs.

At the same time, visiting a groomer is designed to help your pet stay healthy, look and feel good, and live life to the fullest.  Multiple complications, such as matted hair, skin infections, ear infections, painful nails and paws from lack of trimming, and related problems can develop if your pet isn’t properly groomed periodically.  Often, these complications aren’t easy to treat at home, and may require an expert’s touch.  That means it’s very important to acclimate your dog to a professional groomer, either at their shop, or through a mobile grooming service. 

The good news is there are strategies, techniques, and approaches that you can take with your pet to make them calmer and more at ease before, during, and after a grooming session.  Some of these can be integrated with a willing groomer into the grooming routine itself, whereas others are things you can do with your pet on a 1-on-1 basis.  Learn more from our experts about how to help your pet stay calm during grooming sessions.

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What to Do if Your Dog has Tremors or Shaking after Visiting the Groomer

Pets, especially dogs, are awesome.  They bring light into our lives, create little funny moments for us to enjoy, and even serve as surrogate children or grandchildren for many owners.  However, as tuned in to our pets as we may be, it’s not always possible to understand what they are experiencing, or know what to do to help them.  They can’t tell us when and where they hurt, or what’s going on inside their bodies.  This can make it challenging and worrisome for many owners when their pet exhibits unusual symptoms, particularly when these symptoms develop after a trip to the groomer’s.  One such symptom that perplexes some owners, and may or may not be a cause for concern, is shaking or tremors.

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How to Choose the Best Dog Grooming Service

Many dog owners rely on a professional grooming service or a trained groomer to keep them looking and feeling in tip-top shape.  Just as humans struggle to find someone to cut or style their hair or perform other grooming services, with which they are compatible, offering affordable services, and satisfying results, finding a suitable and compatible groomer for your pet can be equally challenging.  All pet grooming service providers are naturally different from one another, and you may not be able to fully evaluate the compatibility, fit, and quality of service until you and your pet have visited them a few times.

Still, there are some general pieces of guidance that can be used to help you narrow in on the better dog grooming service choices near you, to help cull from the list of possibilities and hone in on a few top choices.  This will allow you to find a groomer or some groomer candidates who you can try when your pet needs grooming.  As most experts recommend regular grooming sessions approximately once per month or once every six weeks or so, you’ll have ample opportunities to test out different groomers with your doggie and find one that checks off all of the criteria on your checklist.  Our guide will help you in this process. 

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Tips for Dog Grooming During Winter

Winter is a time when most people enjoy the various religious and secular holidays, spend lots of time indoors as the cold weather hits, and may even endure a few snow or ice storms.  Naturally, this means your pet pooch is spending more time indoors as well.  So, does this mean they won’t get dirty, develop matted hair, or need as much grooming during winter as in warmer months?  Should you ensure your dog’s coat remains as long as possible so that they aren’t cold during the winter?  The answer to both of these questions is no!

Dog grooming during winter remains as important as any other time of year.  The combination of less outdoor activity, colder temperatures, and moisture from snow or ice can all mean that hair becomes more matted or tangled than ever, especially if you relax your grooming routine.  It’s a vicious cycle, with matted and tangled hair retaining more moisture, becoming more matted or tangled, and so on.  This can ultimately lead to skin irritation or other skin conditions, and even the need for stripping (short shaving) the matted hair.  Likewise, keeping hair extra long to make winter more comfortable for your pet can do more harm than good.  In fact, they would be better served with some protective dog clothing if you are concerned about their temperature and cold exposure when outdoors on walks.

As ever, let’s address some of the core areas of dog grooming, and what you should do to take care of your dog’s needs when grooming during winter months.  

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What to Do if Your Dog is Itchy after Grooming

Often, dog owners who have had their dogs recently groomed will report unusual behavior in the following hours or days.  In some cases, dogs tend to want to rub or push their legs, sides, or other parts of their coat that have been groomed into semi-rough surfaces like carpet, couches, and similar.  While this behavior is generally harmless, many pet owners are unsure as to the cause, what it means, and if they should do anything about it.  Let’s take a moment to explore this topic further, and get at the root causes – essentially, your dog is feeling itchy after grooming.

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Expert Grooming Advice for Your Pet Pupper

We all love our little (or not so little) pet dogs, and want to make sure they are happy, healthy, and comfortable for all of their days.  Grooming is a key part of that commitment we make as pet owners.  It serves several important additional purposes, including allowing you to spot changes to your dog’s body or health conditions, as well as building a strong bond between you and your pet.  That’s why most experts advise you to do as much pet grooming as you can yourself, and not rely solely on a groomer. That’s the first of several good pieces of expert grooming advice that all pet owners should heed.

Professional groomers provide a valuable service, and they are definitely worth using on occasion to pamper your pet.  Many people prefer to use a groomer to get their dog ready for seasonal changes, or to look their best before holiday photo shoots and things of that nature.  Others prefer to rely on groomers for more complex or sensitive tasks, such as nail trimming.

Finding the right balance between at-home grooming and professional groomers is something you will have to navigate for yourself, with your pet at your side.  It’s also an important consideration if your dog is particularly anxious, bad with strangers, and so on – they may be calmer and more receptive to being groomed by you rather than a professional.  Whatever the case may be for you and your pupper, let’s take a look at some of the top expert grooming advice for typical grooming tasks to keep your furry friend in tip-top shape.

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What to Do About Your Dog’s Irritated Skin after Grooming

A common complaint that many pet owners have voiced over the years is that their dog appears to develop irritated skin after a visit to the groomers, a bath at home, or any similar activity.  Naturally, good pet owners want to deal with irritated skin after grooming and other activities, so that their pet isn’t in discomfort. Learn more about the likely causes and symptoms of this problem, and what you can do about it.

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The Top 5 Dog Grooming Mistakes You Should Avoid

Everyone wants to be a good “parent” or owner to their little four-legged friend.  Grooming is part of taking care of your dog, and keeping them happy, healthy, and clean.  Some people prefer to have their dogs groomed professionally, whereas others prefer to take care of things at home.  Regardless of what you choose, it’s important to know how to properly groom your dog.  Equally important is understanding the things you absolutely shouldn’t do when it comes to dog grooming.  So, we thought we’d put together this list highlighting the top 5 dog grooming mistakes that you should avoid at all costs, for the safety, health, and well-being of your pup.

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Basic Dog Grooming Supplies

Basic Dog Grooming Supplies Every Dog Owner Needs

No matter what kind of dog you have, or how often you may visit a professional groomer, it’s fairly common to need basic grooming supplies at home for your pet.  Having quality, basic dog grooming supplies on hand can allow you to take better care of your dog, and make grooming sessions easier.  Regular grooming helps owners to bond with their furry friends, and helps keep your pet looking and feeling healthy.  Below, we’ll highlight some of the basic dog grooming supplies that every dog owner needs to have at home, and some of the details to consider when purchasing those supplies. 

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Dog Grooming Tips

Grooming your dog on a regular basis isn’t just about keeping them looking good.  Dog grooming also helps promote good hygiene in your four-legged friend, and is even valuable in creating a bond between you and your dog.  It’s the best way to spot potential problems in your pooch early on, and seek veterinary treatment that can prevent a minor nuisance from becoming a serious health concern.  For all of these reasons, regular grooming sessions with your dog, one-on-one, are critical.  Professional groomers can be used on occasion, but are no substitute for direct attention with your pet.

Despite all the benefits of grooming, many pet owners can be hesitant, and unsure how to approach even simple grooming tasks with their pet.  Overly excitable or aggressive dogs may present particular challenges for owners.  Nevertheless, it’s worth putting in the time and effort to get your dog used to grooming activities as much as you can.  Starting slow and using treats are always the best approach.  If you get frustrated or need to stop, that’s totally fine.  The goal is to acclimatize your dog to the grooming process, and make them comfortable with what you are doing, so that it can be a positive experience for both of you.  Of course, there’s a lot more specific advice for different aspects of dog grooming, which we’ll discuss below in our guide. 

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