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4 Tips for Grooming Your Dog at Home


Clipping your dog’s nails Establish trust and make your dog feel at ease by touching his or her paws on a regular basis. When you do pull out the clippers, make sure they’re sharp. Only clip the very tip of each nail to avoid cutting the quick, which can be painful for your pup.

Brushing your dog’s teeth Dental hygiene is so important to your pup’s overall health. If he doesn’t take well to a toothbrush, start by putting some dog toothpaste on your finger and massaging the teeth and gums. After a while, you can graduate to a fingertip toothbrush.

Giving your dog a bath Bathing your pup doesn’t have to end in a mess. Rewarding your dog with treats will reinforce calm behavior throughout the process. Helpful tip: If you see your dog start to shake after being rinsed, avoid getting soaked by placing your hand on top her head. Works every time!

Cleaning your dog’s ears You can easily clean your dog’s ears at home with a cotton ball and some hydrogen peroxide. Unless you see black or brown earwax, indicators of ear mites, there’s usually no need to visit the vet. The most important thing to remember is to never insert anything into your dog’s ear canal.

Let’s face it. Inviting dozens of your pup’s closest pals into your living room would probably result in a catastrophic disaster. Luckily, The Doggy Dojo has you covered when it comes to dog daycare and boarding. As you can see from the tips above, at-home grooming is a much more feasible option for the pet owner on a budget. Plus, pampering your pooch is a great way to establish trust and strengthen your human-canine bond.

Happy sudsing!

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