Groom your Pup on the Cheap
You want your dog to be clean and presentable, but you certainly don’t want to break the bank to do it. In lieu of taking your pooch to an expensive pet groomer, do it yourself. There are several simple and affordable ways to keep him clean. Plus, you get the added bonus of bonding with your pet, since grooming him enables you to spend time with your dog instead of paying a stranger to do it. Here’s a rundown of how to easily groom your dog.
1. Give your dog a bath. Most dogs don’t mind a bath, some even love it. So the next time your pup is looking unkempt, bust out the dog shampoo and lather him up. Depending on your dog’s size and how excitable he is, you can wash him in your bath tub, or hose him down outside. If you have a portable tub, use that. If you notice your dog becoming a bit nervous at being in the water, speak to him in a calming voice to ease him. It’s comforting for a dog to hear his owner’s voice, so make it a point to talk to him if it improves his mood. Also, as you wash him, don’t scrub too vigorously because it could agitate him. Use firm but gentle pressure, then thoroughly rinse. Giving an at-home bath is much cheaper than the groomer, since you all you really need is shampoo, water and a place to bathe him.
2. Trim his nails. Trimming your dog’s nails can be tricky, but it’s doable if you’re careful. If you cut them cut too short, it could possibly hurt or injure your dog. Unless you have a lot of nail trimming experience, opt for a trimmer that shaves nails instead of actually cutting them. It will be gentler on your dog while still effectively trimming his nails. Plus, there are many quality and affordable trimmers available. Purchase one and in the long run, you will save more money trimming your pooch’s nails yourself rather than paying a groomer to do it. As an added benefit, your dog will likely be more relaxed and calmer when you trim his nails than if you send him to a groomer, since he is accustomed to being around you more. It’s a great way to establish trust with your dog and help him know that he doesn’t have to be nervous or afraid when it’s time for a nail trim.
3. Brush him. Regular brushing is the best way to maintain your dog’s coat. And it’s affordable too because all you need is a quality brush. Wait until your dog is mostly dry from his bath and then spend a few minutes brushing him. This can be very relaxing for your dog, and is another excellent way to spend time with him. Remember to remove any extra hair after every brushing session to help the brush last as long as possible. The last thing you want is a brush with tons of matted fur.
See? Grooming your dog doesn’t have to be an expensive or lengthy ordeal. With a few affordable products, you can keep your pooch clean and presentable while saving serious cash. Yes, it can be a hassle to make the time for an at-home grooming session, but it’s well worth the money you save. The cost of shampoo, a brush and a trimmer is cheaper in the long run than multiple visits to the groomer. Just be sure to regularly schedule grooming time so you can plan for it. It’s also a great way to spend quality time with your canine pal.