Home Grooming Tips

So, Fido is getting a little scruffy. Pet grooming professionals can be very expensive and sometimes all you need is a quick touch-up. Home pet grooming has gained popularity in the last 10 years. The dilemma faced by the novice pet groomer is where to find the right pet grooming supplies — you’ll need a variety of clippers, scissors, brushes, and combs. The supplies you need vary with the type of dog you have and whether that dog has long or short hair. The thickness of the coat also plays a role.

Pet grooming supplies can be found at your local veterinarian’s office. Here you can find clippers, nail clippers, and even small, little clippers that can cut ear hair. This is not your best bet in respect to expense. The veterinarian usually has a high markup in all their pet grooming supplies. The advantage is that you will find veterinarians close to your home and will not have to mail order or order the supplies off of the Internet. You might want to call ahead to make sure that your but veterinarian has the proper pet grooming supplies for your breed of dog. Different breed sometimes require different supplies, and if you have a rare breed for that area of the country in which you live, it may be hard to find the proper grooming equipment. Veterinarians will also offer a dearth of valuable information for the curious first-time pet groomer.

If you’re looking for more value, and a larger selection, many online pet grooming supply companies exist. Some offer next day delivery and though the shipping cost might be expensive, the quality of the product and the assurance that the product meets your pet grooming needs is worth the cost. Online pet grooming sites offer tips on how to groom your pet, and they also offer tips on trying different styles and cuts. Online pet grooming sites also offer a variety of products like shampoos, conditioners, and products that remove vermin such as fleas and ticks. Be careful if your animal has sensitive skin. Some products may have an acidic quality that may leave rashes or irritating marks on your animal’s skin.

If you live in a large urban center, a large pet outlet store may be the right fit for you. They carry pet grooming supplies as well as other supplies your pets might need. These stores often have professional groomers with whom you can make an appointment or discuss grooming techniques. Some have a walk-in policy, while others need an appointment well in advance. The store personnel will offer advice on pet grooming tips that match up with your dog’s breed, size, and hair type. They will also have a large assortment of shampoos, brushes, clippers, and scissors.

No matter what venue you explore to find the best grooming supplies for your pet’s needs, make sure you ask questions and investigate the proper techniques to keep your pet looking and feeling great.

The History of Pet Grooming

Pet grooming is a common practice in our society. People don’t even think twice about spending hundreds of dollars having their pets groomed and bathed by a pet grooming professional. It is such a common convenience that many people forget the history of what made this profession what it is. If you look at the paintings of the Elizabethan era you will see pets portrayed in paintings that are well groomed and clean. Who did the grooming? Was grooming a pet an actual profession in days gone by? Was the local barber responsible for pet care as well as cutting human hair and juggling various medical responsibilities? Would the local Lord or Lady have their hair cut alongside their pet?

As domestic breeds and house pets became popular in the 17th century, poodles in France received recognition for being the dog of the court. References also record that professional grooming parlors were open for dogs at that time. In 1879 Vero Shaw wrote a book called The Book of the Dog, which discussed dog grooming in England and gave helpful hints of how to clean, groom, and keep your dog healthy.

As animals became more a part of society, the appearance of pets and work animals became more important. Animals were groomed, either by their owners or professional pet groomers. Animals such as horses were groomed by stable boys or their owners as a kind of offshoot of the owners taste and wealth. As animal labour was replaced by automobiles and machines, the grooming of the animal took on a more personal reflection of the owner, particularly in high society. A well-groomed and clean animal was a sign of wealth and prosperity.

In today’s perception of pet grooming, the animal is considered part of the family or something to show as a source of pride. Organizations such as 4H incorporate pet grooming into their program so that not only the health of the animals is displayed but also the owner’s attention to the animal. Special events are organized to present current animal grooming techniques and the products of the pet grooming industry. Horses and other livestock are adorned during parades and rodeos making the animals a showpiece. There are even pet grooming conventions that meet periodically around the United States and the world to present the newest techniques and equipment used in the pet grooming industry.

There are thousands of web pages dedicated to the art and fashion of grooming and as with many long-standing professions a rich history of pet grooming dictates pride and self-achievement in the professional. So the next time you visit your local pet grooming expert, remember that they are not just a service, but they have been backed with centuries of expertise, refinement, and dedication to the art. The next time you drop off your animal to a pet grooming expert, remember your animal will be taken care of with pride and integrity.

Grooming and Your Pet’s Mental Health

How is pet grooming important to the mental health of your animal? Whether you own a cat, dog, our gerbil the mental health of your animal reflects the physical condition of that animal and the relationship between pet and owners. Having your pet properly groomed is essential to maintaining a healthy balance of cleanliness and mental health. The dog who’s hair is too long for the summer or a cat whose nails are too long and need to be clipped are animals who may be experiencing an undue amount of stress. Proper pet grooming can be a practical way to show your pet that you care.

The simple act of creating a bond that is fostered between an animal and their owner during grooming is the most important aspect of encouraging the mental health of your animal. While grooming, you are constantly hands-on, stroking your animal and pulling out mats and snags in their hair that may have been a source of discomfort. As you groom your animal, the animal becomes more placid and at ease. Your pet’s grooming method may include using brushes, clippers or a variety of other instruments. Let your pet smell the instrument before you start applying it to their hair or skin. The more familiar they are with the tools that you use, the less stress they will feel having an unknown object or structure near and on their body.

If you are using clippers that make a noise, turn them on a good distance from your pet. Turn them off again and walk toward your pet, turning them on and gently putting the vibration next to their body. When they realize that the clippers will not hurt them, they will be more comfortable allowing you to cut their hair.

Any pet grooming must start with gentle words and soothing sounds. After a while, when grooming becomes a daily routine, your pet will be more at ease with you grooming them, plus they will become interested in the daily routine. With the dual purpose of both grooming and bonding, the grooming session will produce a animal that a deeper bond with their owner and better mental health. They will feel more secure in their home and will have trust in their owner as they find out that this new experience will not hurt them. If you happen to cut your pet’s nails too short or cause any other kind of discomfort to your animal, make a big deal over it by giving them extra hugs and more attention.

They will realize that it was only a mistake, and you will quickly rebuild trust.

As your confidence in the pet grooming process grows, so will your pet’s trust in you as a responsible owner.

How to Bathe Your Pet

One of the keys to successfully bathing your pet is to make sure that you are in a safe environment. If you are putting your dog or cat in a tub or sink while you bathe them make sure that they aren’t going to slip. Placing a rubber mat in the tub or sink will give your pet a sense of security; rubber door mats work really well for this purpose. Also make sure that you aren’t going to slip if water gets splashed on the floor. If you are using a hose to bathe your dog outside, make sure you are in an area where they feel secure, and that, if they pull away from you grasp, they won’t be able to run out into traffic.

Before you start bathing your pet make sure that the shampoo you are using is very mild. Shampoos that are specially formulated for your pet’s species are best because they wont strip your pet’s coat of the natural oils that they need for healthy skin. If you have to use a human shampoo, try to use one that is meant for infant children. Make sure that the shampoo you are using to wash your pet is unscented. Washing your dog with shampoo that smells like lilacs is only going to encourage him to find a dead fish to roll in to cover the scent. Perfumed shampoos can also dry out your pet’s sensitive skin.

Before you begin bathing your pet, sit down and thoroughly brush its coat. This serves two purposes. First, it helps relax your pet, not to mention yourself. More importantly, running a brush through your pet’s coat will rid it of all dead and loose hair. This is hair that will no longer be around to clog your plumbing system.

Try to use lukewarm water. Hot water can burn your pet’s sensitive skin. Cold water can chill your pet. Both situations can make the bathing experience miserable. If you are bathing your pet in a tub, do not completely fill the tub. Too much water will make your pet nervous, and increase the amount of water that gets splashed on the floor and on you. Use a minimal amount of water when bathing your house pet.

When using a hose or sprayer to spray water over your pet be very careful not to spray water into their ears, which will irritate your pet’s ears may even cause pain. Also try to avoid spraying water in their noses and mouths, for obvious reasons. Getting water in the ears, nose, and mouth will not give your pet pleasant memories of the bathing experience.

When rubbing the shampoo into your pet’s coat start just behind your pet’s ears and work your way towards the pet’s tail. Use a circular motion to rub the shampoo into the pet’s coat. When you are done massaging the shampoo into your pet’s coat use the sprayer or hose to rinse your pet. Make sure that you get all the soap out of your pets hair. Soap that doesn’t get rinsed off will irritate your pet’s skin and cause them to rub and scratch. If the soap irritates the pet enough you could find yourself treating your pet for sensitive skin issues.

When you are done bathing your pet, use a large towel to dry them off.

After bath time is finished, take some time to play with and cuddle with your pet. This will assure them that you still love them, and confirm in both of your minds that bath time doesn’t have to be a traumatic experience.

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