If you have never groomed your own dog before, the whole process may seem quite intimidating. To be fair, there is many things involved, and it does require a lot of learning and an initial investment in good quality equipment.
If you’re not ready to take the full plunge into doing the complete grooming at home, you can still save yourself money and keep your pet looking trim and fabulous in between grooms. Taking over maintenance grooming is a great introduction to some of the basic skills you need to begin grooming at home, while still letting you leave the bulk of the work to the professionals.
The main areas that tend to be issues in between grooms are around the eyes, pads, and private areas. Micio Micia ball-pointed shears are perfect for safely tidying these areas as they grow out. When trimming around the eyes, be very careful to keep the scissor tips pointed away from the eyeball itself, and just gently snip out hair growing in the corner of the eye that is blocking the dog’s sight. Then use your comb to brush forward all the hair on the top of their head and trim back anything that falls in to their eyes or blocks their vision.
Curved Dog Grooming Scissors
Curved dog grooming scissors work great for adding a natural look to the visor. If your dog seems uncomfortable having its face trimmed, or is moving around a lot, check out our article (*) on helping your dog adjust to the grooming process.
When trimming around the paws, be sure not to clip over the flesh of the pad itself, but just trim short any hair that is growing around the edge of the foot. Curved scissors will allow a natural, round look to the foot, but if you feel more comfortable using ball pointed scissors then they will also work.
Getting mats in between the toes or pads of the foot can be very uncomfortable for your dog, so while you are trimming the feet make sure you are checking that the fur is not clumped up. Keeping it trimmed short will help stop it from matting, and will make sure less mud and guck is being dragged in to your house. If it is too tightly matted, it may be safer to take your dog to the groomer and have the clumps shaved out, so you don’t accidentally nick the delicate webbing inside the foot.
When trimming the fur it is also a good time to check the condition of the nails. Depending on how active your dog is the nails will need to be clipped every 3-6weeks, meaning they will need to be clipped in between grooms if you are not seeing your groomer that often. If the nails are touching the ground they can cause the dog’s toes to splay, which can make walking painful. If your dog has dewclaws do not forget about them, as they will grow longer than the other nails since they’re not being worn down by the dog walking.
Grooming Private Parts
When tidying up your dog’s private areas, just scissor any hair on their bum or between their legs that gets in the way when they go to the washroom. This is obviously a sensitive area so use short, ball pointed scissors and never clip anything you can’t see. When trimming these areas it is especially helpful to have someone else hold the dog for you so they are not moving around trying to see what you’re doing.
By brushing and tidying theses specific areas of your dog at home, you can extend the time between professional grooms, while still ensuring your pet is clean, free from tangles, and looking sharp.