Getting a Dog used to Grooming.

It is very important a dog learn to get used to grooming sessions starting from a very young age. The age a puppy must get groomed varies from puppy to puppy depending on the type of coat he has and on the breed, usually this begins at four to eight months of age.It's suggested to bathe your puppy for the first time before he turns eight months old so that he little by little gets used to bath times, to water, to getting dried, brushed, getting his nails trimmed, etc. It's best to put the dog on a table so that he becomes used to it and becomes familiarized with it and stays on top calmly. Usually breeds that need a lot of grooming are not aggressive or rebellious. Their style of living usually involves getting dirty in some cases but usually these animals are very docile.

To groom your dog place him on top of a table, this way you won't have to bend over to clean him etc. You should also place an anti slip mat under his feet so that he does not slip. Do not allow the dog to jump off the table or walk around nervously. If you notice that the dog is nervous and uptight calm him down by talking to him by using a calm soothing voice. Start out by putting the dog on top of the table for a minute at a time at first and gradually go increasing the time. Whenever the dog does well on top of the table make sure to congratulate and praise him for a job well done.

You can repeat this process again after about an hour and continue doing it several times more during the day if you think it necessary. Make sure to encourage the dog during the whole process. When the dog has overcome his fear of being on top of the table, you can then start to brush him coat for a few seconds and then do the same with the rest of the grooming accessories.

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Be patient and careful with the dog you groom

Don't try to rush to get your dog grooming care job done too quickly, go at your own pace and make sure the blade is always flat up against the dog's skin. The best area to start out in is a flat and wide part of the dog's body such as the back. This type of haircut is useful for companion dogs; however, normally dogs that are to be used for a dog show get trimmed. It's important to first visualize and look at areas that need to get cut before actually starting. Let's say you are giving your poodle a haircut; you would have to stop on the top part of its shoulder blade, and at the superior part of its thighs (the paws will need to get done with scissors).

Make sure to always be aware of the precautions and to leave the dog's hair a little longer than you had intended since you can then go back and fix it up. Most importantly is to be very careful and attentive at all moments. Remember that a dog that has been trained to be groomed from the moment he is a puppy is more likely to cooperate than a dog that hasn't.

Nasty mats and scissors: If while brushing your dog's hair you run into a stubborn knot or mat and you don't want to trim the dog with an electric trimmer, scissors are always a good option, however, there are techniques to using them. Never cut the mat by the base horizontally as this will just turn into a big hole in your dog's coat and it is something irreparable and it will not look nice. Just the same way you would untangle knots from the dog's ears is the way you will need to precede to untangle stubborn mats or knots from the dog's body. Very carefully open the mat lengthwise with your fingers then brush it with the de-matting comb.