Grooming your pets can be expensive. But with a few simple steps, pets can be safely and inexpensively groomed at home. Begin by a simple grooming technique to introduce your pet to the activity of being groomed. Gather supplies prior to any grooming attempts. Cotton balls presoaked with ear cleaning solutions for pets, nail clippers and scissors should be kept nearby with towels and damp wash cloths for fast wipe downs after grooming is completed.
Begin by choosing a brush suitable to the size of your animal. For dogs, a brush with two sides; wire for broad brushing and bristle for surface grooming, should be used. For cats, choose a brush suitable for their coat. Bristle for short fur and wire for long fur works best.
Choose a time of day when your pet is at its most relaxed. This is usually after a meal at the end of the day. Sit on the floor beside your pet and stroke them with your hand before applying the brush. Introduce the brush in an area away from their field of vision. If your pet is not accustomed to grooming, they may run away if they see the brush for the first time so it’s important to introduce the brush in an area that your pet cannot readily see.
Remove your hand and introduce the brush slowly along the lower back and down the tail. Avoid hitting or snagging any snarls or knots as you begin as this can cause pain and may make your pet avoid future attempts.
After your pet is brushed, stroke them and reassure them once more before beginning the detailed grooming essentials. After they are relaxed again, insert one presoaked cotton ball into the cup of the ear just outside the canal area. Wipe until clean using broad strokes according to the size of your pet’s ear.
Raise your pets paw and position clippers just above the tip of the nail for trimming. If you are skilled at this task, you may take more liberties. After grooming, give your pet praise and treats to let them know that their grooming is a safe and happy task.