A woman with his Golden Labradoodle dog at home

As the results of the Covid-19 pandemic, people are now in quarantine and practicing safe social distancing. In addition to this, there are now restrictions on normal activities, one of which is dog grooming, especially if the state or country you lived in is strict when it comes to following health protocols. As a result, some of us are unable to take our dogs in for grooming.

Still, our dogs require grooming despite the circumstances. This means, as a pet owner, you have to take on this responsibility regularly.

If you’re in quarantine, here are ways to groom your dog in the comforts of your home.

 

  1. Fur Brushing

Particles and insects need to be regularly checked and removed by the process of brushing. If you see your dog constantly scratching and appearing uncomfortable, brushing the fur may help as they might be experiencing discomfort from particles in the fur. Thus, dogs with regularly brushed coats don’t run the risk of dirt build-up in the fur, allowing them to stay comfortable.

Neglecting to brush your dog for long periods can lead to tangled fur. The process of untangling the fur can be uncomfortable for your dog and a lengthy process, which may lead to shaving off of the fur.

If you notice that your dog is shedding chunks of fur when brushing, you must take them to a trusted vet, such as Danville Family Vet. Excessive shedding may be an indication of underlying health problems, which need to be diagnosed and treated by experts.

Currently, some vets are offering free boarding services for families that have been affected by COVID. If you are unwell and unable to cater to your dog, they’ll still be under expert care.

 

  1. Dog Baths

It’s important to decide how frequently your dog will get a bath during the quarantine. The frequency of dog baths varies depending on several factors, such as dog lifestyle, breed, the time you have as the pet owner, and the skills available to carry out home baths.

Having decided on the frequency, you have to make sure that you can thoroughly commit and mindfully bathe your dog. This means carefully checking for ticks and fleas as well as any indicators of health issues, such as bumps and discoloration. Also, be patient and guide your dog to be still while you’re bathing them.

 

  1. Nail Trimming

During quarantine, you may be wondering how to groom the nails if you cannot access a vet. If you’re not comfortable trimming the nails, you can try filing them down. Filing doesn’t have any risks of cutting your dog, provided you file gently.

Here’s how you can file your dog manually:

  • Hold the file in your dominant hand. Have your dog sit or lie comfortably. If necessary, drape your body over your dog for them to stay still.
  • Firmly hold your dog’s paw with your other hand. Then, spread the toes, and if your dog has a long coat, hold back their fur so you can see and access their nails.
  • As you start rubbing the tip of their nail with the file, allow 10 to 15 passes in the same direction. Doing so will allow you to gradually shorten your dog’s nails. It’s advisable to work on one or two nails per session so your dog won’t get too uncomfortable.

 

  1. Brushing Teeth

If your dog doesn’t enjoy having their teeth brushed, take note this is a task that needs to be done so you can ensure your dog’s dental health. By doing so, you can ensure that your dog’s dental

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health doesn’t go downhill at a young age. Hence, brush your dog’s teeth at least three times a week. As a tip, find ways to make this a game for you and your dog, rather than a chore.

For example, you can get your dog to bite on a toy ring while you simultaneously interact and brush their teeth. You can also make your dog enjoy the toothpaste as a kind of treat by trying out different pastes.

 

  1. Haircuts

A haircut can keep your dog feeling cool during the heat. You can get creative regarding the type of hairstyle, depending on the breed. Some may opt to trim all the hair and re-start the process of growth.

When cutting the hair, make sure that your dog is relaxed and occupied as you want to avoid accidental injuries from the dog shears.

For your dog to enjoy lustful fur, here are the different types of dog combs you can check:

  • Bristle brushes
  • Slicker brushes
  • Rakes and mat breakers
  • Flea combs
  • Curry brushes or combs
  • Wire pin brushes

 

Conclusion

Covid-19 has forced us to adapt to a new lifestyle. This includes at-home grooming during the quarantine. If this is your first time grooming your dog, don’t despair if you don’t get it right the first time. With practice, you’ll get the hang of it.

Make sure to brush your dog, give baths, trim their nails, brush their teeth, and give them haircuts. If you’re unwell and can’t care or provide for your dog as a result of COVID-19, you can be assured that your dog will be taken care of in vet spaces. Your health, as well as your dog’s, should be a priority that needs to be catered to in the best way possible during the pandemic. Hence, if you have any questions regarding your dog’s grooming, don’t hesitate to call a family vet!

 

 

Dogs certainly are wonderful beings and a gift to humanity but even so, some of them don’t really know how to behave in certain situations. Whether they’re scared or nervous or just grumpy, they can react a bit negatively sometimes which in all honesty can be bothersome. Especially when they’re being groomed.

If your dog starts fidgeting around and refuses to cooperate during his grooming, not only will the entire process become a lot less efficient but it may also become a bit dangerous actually. The dog could flinch at the wrong time, causing the groomer to cut him or her accidentally or even worse, stab them with the scissors.

In order to avoid such a scenario, you should teach your dog how to act when it’s grooming time. Put a little effort into prevention so that you can avoid having to do an intervention.

What exactly can you do to help your dog get used to being groomed, either by you or a professional? Well stick around for a while and find out with the help of these following tips we have prepared for you.

First tip: Start grooming at young age

Dogs are easier to teach when they’re little, because you don’t have to deal with raw power if they resist and because they aren’t very stubborn at young age, no matter which breed they belong to.

So start introducing them to grooming related objects and areas while they’re puppies. Show them a pair of scissors, a comb, a brush, let them sniff the objects and prove them that all of those tools aren’t designed for harming them.

Take them to your bathroom and wash them in the tub. Use shampoo and a shower head so that they can get accustomed to both. Your tub won’t be the same as the one at the groomer because those are usually made of metal, but it will be close enough so that the dog can consider it familiar. Dry your doggo’s hair with a hairdryer (just don’t use yours!). Dog’s skin is sensitive and cannot stand the same level of heat that we use on our heads. Instead, opt for an efficient dog blow dryer that is appropriate for the size of your four-legged furball. Most dogs hate the hairdryer at first, just like vacuum cleaners, due to all the noise it makes but after a while they should get used to it, at least to a certain degree.

Second tip: Reward them

Whenever your dog does something right or in this case behaves well, don’t forget to reward them with a treat. That way, they’ll remember what to do next time so that they can get their treat and will behave well again. Never ever punish bad manners. Point out their mistakes but avoid punishments because they are counter productive.

Third tip: Tire them out

Sometimes, dogs misbehave just because they have a lot of energy and they don’t know what to do with it. So, they go crazy and jump around without listening to reason.

That’s why you should always try to tire them out before an activity that requires them to be calm, like grooming. Go out for running, play fetch in the park, play tug of war, and if you can’t do anything else, put them on a treadmill and let them walk for a while.

The bottom line is, you need to force them to spend any excess energy they have stored and they will be cooperative at the groomer.

Fourth tip: Be a role model

Dogs look up to their owners, there’s no denying it. They also have a highly developed feeling of empathy. Which means that your insecurities or uneasiness, as well as stress and agitation will reflect on your dog, causing them to feel the same.

We’re humans after all so you can’t be an emotional rock at all times but try to be composed at least when it’s grooming time. Tell your dog that it will be alright, without using words or gestures.

That’s about it. From now on, your dog should get used to being groomed relatively quickly, as long as you follow our tips. Now go and play with your dog, enough distractions!