April 20, 2020 2 min read

1. Save money

If your budget is tight, you can save money by grooming your dog yourself. It does mean that you will have to buy some equipment and products, but in the long run, it may work out cheaper.

2. Health check

By bathing your dog yourself, you will get an opportunity to examine him closely for any bumps, foreign bodies, skin ailments or possible illness indicators.

3. Building that bond

Make sure that you are relaxed, not in a hurry; that your dog is not tired or hungry; and that the overall environment is calm when you start the grooming process. Talk to your dog, or even sing to him, as you would in the shower, and be playful. Also, have some treats ready. Make the grooming a positive experience and build a bond with your dog at the same time.

Grooming and bathing equipment required

  • Slicker brush
  • Bristle brush
  • Grooming glove
  • Combs
  • Dog nail clippers
  • Pet shampoo
  • Towels
  • Cotton wool
  • Pet toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Apron for yourself
  • Rubber mat for the bottom of the bath
  • Plastic jug

You can find all the equipment at your local Family Pet Centre or online at www.familypetcentre.oc.za.

Quick tips

  1. A rubber mat in the bath will prevent your dog from slipping in the water.
  2. Small pieces of cotton wool in your dog’s ears will prevent water from entering the ear canal. Don’t push them in too deep, though, and remember to take them out again.
  3. When you rinse your dog, make sure you get rid of all the shampoo (and conditioner, if you use it).

Watch this video https://youtu.be/ne1uDCoQZIA for the perfect guideline to groom your dog at home.

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