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DIY Dog Grooming Tips

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DIY Dog Grooming Tips

By Morieka Johnson, MNN

Q: I’ve tried cutting my dog’s grooming sessions from our family budget. Unfortunately, my dog is big, hairy and sheds a lot. Bathing him at home turns into a major ordeal and the whole bathroom gets soaked. How can I save money without driving up my water bill or my blood pressure?

A: Bath time for my pooch Lulu used to resemble scenes from “The Miracle Worker.” But that was before I discovered do-it-yourself dog washes. With Lulu safely and somewhat solemnly tethered to the wall inside a waist-high tub, I could scrub away to my heart’s delight. This option saves me the headache of chasing her around the tub, and it saves water because I rely on a doggy “spa” that uses low-flow aerators to conserve water. It’s a much cheaper option than hiring a groomer, and it works well for my short-haired pooch.
Since you have a super-size grooming issue on your hands, I paid a call to my friends at Dogma Dog Care. Groomer Nancy Rector has a few insider secrets that will help you cut costs and conserve energy while caring for your dirty dog.

Gather your gear before you get the dog
Make sure all the tools you need are within reach. That includes your towels, shampoo and dryer. Also, make sure to brush the dog before bath time. “This is essential for a long-haired dog because bathing can tighten up mats,” Rector says. “If you are going to use a Furminator shedding tool, dirty hair comes out more easily, so do it before the bath.”

She added that a bathmat inside the tub is essential to helping prevent your dog from slipping and potentially getting injured. It also helps panicky dogs feel more secure in the tub. Leashing a nervous dog gives you two free hands to bathe it quickly.

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12:42AM PDT on Oct 3, 2010

A valuable article, thanks.

9:59PM PDT on Aug 5, 2010


9:54AM PDT on Jul 12, 2010

Lots of fun!

8:56AM PDT on Jul 7, 2010

You inspired me. I will wash all six of my fur babies today. Also have to wash and disinfect all my bird feeders so the little guys don't get salmonella. Use Dawn and a little bleach and soak them for 15 minutes, then rinse like crazy and air dry. Birdbathes have to be cleaned constantly. Birds are dirty and poop in their water feeders. Please keep them healthy.

1:09PM PDT on Jun 21, 2010

I have so much fun when bathing my furbabes!

9:22PM PDT on Jun 20, 2010

Wonderful article. My dog makes such a mess. I'm hoping these tips will help! I love how he prances around after he's been bathed. He doesn't like the bath itself, but it's as if he feels better after getting one.

3:08PM PDT on Jun 14, 2010

Thanks for the information about do-it-yourself dog washes. I currently use my bathtub which with having to bend over sometimes causes my back to get stiff.

Sadie and Rusty use to hate getting baths. However, I started to approach bath time differently and now Rusty loves his bath and Sadie no longer fights me the whole time.

One of the things I changed was my attiude toward bath time. I use to dread giving them a bath. Dogs know exactly how you're feeling if you're dreading something then it must be bad. I also started to give them treats during the bath which has helped a lot. Read dog bath time ways to make giving your dog a bath a little easier.

5:28AM PDT on Jun 12, 2010

good tips thanks,

10:42PM PDT on Jun 11, 2010

thanx 4 the tips

4:12PM PDT on Jun 9, 2010

Thanks for the tips my dear, very helpful by the way.

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