Grooming your dog can be a troublesome task, especially if you have a pup that just isn't into getting bathed, nails clipped, teeth brushed, or even fur trimmed. If your pup just isn't into these tasks, it may be best to leave the work to a pet grooming professional to get the job done right and to save you the headache. If your pup is a bit better about grooming, you can attempt these tasks at home yourself. See below for tips on how to groom your dog at home.
Maintenance of your pup's fur will help prevent matting and can also help with shedding throughout your home. You should brush your dog at least once per week if your dog has long fur, or a few times per month if he has shorter hair. Look for a good dog brush to get through your pet's fur. Never attempt to use a comb or other type of human brush on your pet. If your dog has very short hair, you can use a grooming mitt instead of a brush. Start at the head and neck and work your way back to his tail. It's best to do this outside, as you may end up with a lot of fur in your carpet.
Bathing your pup can be done inside your house in a bathtub/shower if your dog will sit still, or you can bathe him outside. Be sure that it is warm enough outside before getting him soaking wet in cool temperatures. Use warm water if possible (not hot) and a dog shampoo (never human shampoo). Wet your dog's fur, then apply the shampoo to your hands first. Create a lather, than apply the shampoo to your dog's fur. Start up higher on the neck, working your way down his front legs, along his back, under his belly, down his back legs, and then his bottom and tail. Rinse away the shampoo thoroughly until the water runs clear. Try to wring out as much water as possible, then dry him with a towel (or three).
3. Teeth Brushing
Begin brushing your dog's teeth when he is young so he gets used to you being near his mouth. Use doggy toothpaste and a finger toothbrush or a doggy toothbrush. To help get your dog used to you being in his mouth and the entire brushing experience, start with his front teeth first. Once he's used to you, you can brush his back teeth and gums as well.
4. Nail Clipping
Clip your dog's nails using good nail clippers (made for dogs). When clipping your dog's nails, be sure to do so at an angle so the top of the nail is longer than the bottom. Only clip the very tip and nothing more so you don't cut the quick, or you'll end up with a bloody mess and your pup in pain. If you end up clipping the quick by accident you can create a paste with baking soda and water. Apply it to your dog's nail to stop the bleeding.
Grooming your dog can be done at home, but if you aren't comfortable (and your dog isn't comfortable) with it, be sure to leave the work to a professional groomer instead.