March 12, 2018 3 min read

In today’s challenging economy, most pet owners are resorting to DIY grooming. Doing it on your own can save you a lot of money and at the same time, you also get the benefit of bonding with your best friend in a special way. Even though small breed dogs are similar in size, their grooming requirements are quite different from one another.

The first thing you need to do is to research on how to groom the particular type of breed you have and gather all the items on your pet care list. A lot of owners are more than willing to wash their dogs at home and clip their nails.

Long-haired dogs like Shih Tzus may be super adorable but they require more attention, especially when it comes to grooming and hair care compared to other short haired small breeds. Here are a few simple ways to successfully groom your dogs on your own.

  1. Brush your dog’s hair regularly.

Before you begin to bathe your dog, untangle his hair first. You can use a detangling solution to remove the mats. Make sure you do this when their hair is dry. Otherwise, a wet mat will be more difficult to remove.

If your dog has a lot of matted hair, you might need to use a matting rake. However, since this tool is sharp, be careful when using it.

Brush their hair regularly. Long-haired dogs should be brushed daily while medium-haired ones like a Spaniel should be combed at least once a week. Short-haired dogs like a French Bulldog can be brushed once a month. Use a puppy brush with soft bristles for a gentler feel.

  1. Trim your dog’s hair.
After taking out all the tangled mats, start trimming your dog’s hair. If your dog’s hair is long, you may need to put more attention to certain areas such as the chest, belly and feet. Use dog-grooming shears or hair-cutting scissors but make sure you handle it properly to avoid harming your dog.
  1. Wash your dog.

Some dogs love taking baths while others avoid it like the plague. The best way to introduce your little friend to the joys of bathing is to do it slowly. Some owners prefer using the kitchen sink as their tub while others do it in the shower.

We recommend doing it outside your house to avoid a disaster. The most important thing is to prepare water that’s not too cold nor hot. Make sure the shampoo you are using is the right product for your dog. Use cotton balls to wipe your dog’s ears so that it absorbs the water.

Most dogs can be bathed at least once a month while some like Yorkies, Maltese and Shih Tzus can be washed once a week.After bathing your dog, dress him up in this cute bandana.

  1. Clip your dog’s nails.

Once they grow long, clip them to avoid any infections that can be caused by overgrown nails. The best way to prevent your dogs from getting scared of nail clippers is to start clipping their nails while they’re young.

Once they gets used to it, cutting their nails will be easier for you. Take small clips and avoid cutting it too close to the skin because it can hurt and cause it to bleed.

Grooming your dogs on your own has a lot of advantages. It may be challenging at first but once you get used to it, you’ll enjoy taking care of your little buddy hands-on.

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