DIY Pet Grooming Tips!

October 25, 2017 | by Jocie (email) |

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 My mom loves dogs and has owned and fostered many dogs over the years. She’s an amazing pet owner, but also super thrifty. I don’t think she would ever consider paying to do something she could DIY.  I guess that runs in the family. LOL She and my dad do a great job of grooming and let me hang out to steal some super helpful, stress-free tips for DIY pet grooming.

Cutting dog’s nails can be traumatic for both the owner and the pet, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some tips to try before spending money on a professional groomer!

Trim Monthly

It’s really important to not let the nails get too long, otherwise the quick (the part of the nail that bleeds) will also grow out with the nail. So if you wait too long between grooming the nails, you will end up hitting the quick in order to trim the nails as low as they should be. 

Mom’s Quick Tip: Write it on your calendar and plan for once a month!

Trim the Fur, too!

Before getting started on the nails, trim the hair/fur around the nails. This is improve visibility and precision for you and prevent the fur from getting caught in the tool. A pair of hair scissors makes it quick and easy work.

Set the Scene

 Dogs can be nervous and therefore avoidant of grooming, so it’s important to provide structure and consistency (just like kids, right?). Grooming in the same spot and on a table lets the dog know it’s time to be groomed and makes it difficult for them to escape if they are nervous. Grooming on a table also gives the groomer (that’s you) a better angle for grooming, and keeps you from squatting on the floor or ground.

Mom’s Quick Tip: Get a second person to help stabilize, distract and soothe the dog.

Use the Right Tools

Clippers are traumatic! It’s a lot of guesswork on where to cut, especially black nails.  The Dremel Pet Grooming Kit allows for trimming the nails, a bit at a time, without the trauma of clipping! It’s a game changer!!!

The Pet Grooming Kit ($39.99) is an awesome tool, just like all Dremel products. If you are familiar with Dremel, this will feel natural and like riding a bike. But regardless, it is not by any means a steep learning curve or hard to use.  Where this pet grooming steps up with Dremel game is with the dust and paw guard. It keeps the paw from getting sanded, along with the nail. Also, it collects the nail dust (which, let’s be honest, is pretty gross). So who wants to inhale that?

It’s also battery operated, which doesn’t seem like a big deal. But it allows you to groom in the yard without running extension cords and prevents you and the dog from getting wrapped up in the cord. YES!

If you are new to using a Dremel to groom your dog, it may take some time for the dog to adjust. Mom recommends letting the dog sniff and investigate the tool while it is both off and on. Also, help your dog get used to having his paws touched and handled. 

Dad’s Favorite Features: Battery operated, easy to use, drama free, Dust Guard, Multiple Speeds

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2 Responses
  1. Eve McCarthy says:

    Having the right tools is essential! Nothing can be done right if you do not have the proper instruments.

  2. Henry says:

    It really pays of being careful with nail trimming. I trimmed the nails of my dog too fast, accidentally cut them too short and made him bleed. My dog was afraid of nail trimming for nearly half a year.

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