There is no doubt we love our dogs. One thing we don’t always love? Grooming our dogs. While there is always the professional grooming option, why not DIY it with some at-home hacks to make grooming time a bit easier? Not only will it save you money, you and your pup won’t even have to leave the comfort of your own home!
Enlist The Help of Cornstarch
Cornstarch can be used three ways for grooming. For starters, sprinkling cornstarch on tangles and mats pre-brushing will help loosen the knots. Cornstarch can also be used as a dry shampoo.
Sprinkling it on oily areas and brushing away the grease so you can go longer between baths. And lastly, cornstarch helps brighten up the white spots on a dog!
Make Sure You Have the Right Tools
If you’re going to give at-home baths, having the right tools will make it so much easier. Invest in a non-slip bath tub mat to help prevent slipping, a handheld spray nozzle, a hair trap to prevent clogged pipes, and a suction cup bathing tether to keep your reluctant pup in place.
A Pre-Bath Brush
Not only will a brush before bathing will help get rid of knots and tangles, it’ll also make bath time quicker and easier. Your tub will also thank you for less fur.
For severe matting, try using a mixed boar and plastic bristle brush to help break up the mats then apply a slicker brush to remove loose hair. Follow with a pin brush and comb!
Cut Those Nails
Most dogs aren’t a fan of getting their nails clipped. But, with some time and patience, you can train your dog to at least tolerate it! Start with dog-approved nail trimmers to cut overgrown claws. You can either leave it there, or you can follow with nail grinding.
Nail grinding may take more time for your dog to get used to. Start with short sessions complete with lots of treats until they are used to the device. You can use a nail grinder made specifically for dogs or a Dremel rotary tool.
Add Supplements to Their Diet
To help keep your pups coat glowing, add fish oil or flaxseed oil to their diet. Try adding some to their meals and watch their coat shine!
Use Coconut Oil
Not only can coconut oil be used to treat dry skin, dabbing some on your pups’ dry nose or paw pads can help soothe and heal them. It doesn’t hurt that it tastes good, too!
Keep Grooming Wipes Around
Use dog-friendly cleansing wipes for dirty paws, ears, or eyes. It’ll help them stay clean and prevent them from ingesting harmful toxins.
Keep these in your back pocket and use them next time your dog is in serious need of some grooming.
What are your favorite grooming hacks?