Have you ever wondered what unusual tools you can use to groom your dog at home? Here are five secret tools that groomers use on their own dogs.
1. Olive or coconut oil
Has your dog ever come home from a walk covered in blackberries? Brushing them out can be painful for your dog. It can be difficult to figure them out yourself. Rubbing oil into the coat around the burrs will reduce friction and allow the burrs to slide out of your dog’s coat.
2. Unscented baby wipes
Bathing your dog too often can dry out his skin. Baby wipes can be used for a variety of things between baths to keep your dog looking and smelling good. Wipe your dog’s face and inside of his ears to prevent eye irritations and ear infections. Wipe off muddy paws before letting your dog back into the house. Refresh your dog’s skin and coat without giving him a whole bath. If your dog has long hair on his butt, you may need to use wipes there as well.
Sprinkling cornstarch on your dog before brushing him will make it easier to brush out small mats. It can work just as well as expensive detangling sprays. If your dog is prone to oily skin, cornstarch can also help absorb extra oil when brushed through the coat.
4. Back massager
If you have a puppy, an inexpensive back massager can help him get used to the vibrations caused by the clippers. It can also help a dog get used to having its paws handled, making nail trimming smoother. Turn on the massager and let your dog get used to having his entire body, face and feet rubbed little by little.
While treats are not an uncommon tool, they are important. Any grooming session or training at home should be rewarded to encourage your dog to understand that grooming is a good thing.
Grooming time should be bonding time with your dog. As much as possible, you should treat it as something special that you can share with your dog, rather than turning it into a chore that you both hate.