With the right tools and tips, grooming at home is much easier

Whatever your dog's breed, regular grooming at home won't be difficult if you have the right tools and follow a few tips provided by experienced groomer
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Whether your dog is long-haired or short-haired, grooming should be done regularly so that your pet feels well and be healthy, and, in the end, looks beautiful. Since grooming salon visits are not enough for the intended purpose (even if you take your pet to the professional every month), many new dog owners wonder how and when they should do grooming sessions at home.
The question of how often you should groom your dog is answered by its breed, i.e. type of coat. Breeds like the Komondor, Afghan Hound, or Shih Tzu certainly require more frequent grooming, as opposed to breeds like the Boxer, Beagle, or Labrador. But whatever your dog’s breed, regular grooming at home won’t be difficult if you have the right tools and follow a few tips provided by experienced groomers.

General rule: Be calm and plan enough time

Try to be calm and plan enough time for your dog’s grooming. Because if you are tense and rushed, you will influence the dog to resist the grooming more. Do each part of the procedure patiently and follow your pet's reactions. In the end, be sure to reward him with praise or a favorite treat. In this way, you will gradually get your dog to accept the grooming with increasing enthusiasm.
Some owners practice is to spend their dog's excess energy on a long walk or play before grooming, so to make their four-legged friend more relaxed during hygiene and aesthetic interventions.
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Tips for brushing

Brushing is not reserved for long-haired dogs. Grooming for short-haired breeds should also include brushing, as this removes loose hair and various dirt from the dog’s coat, reducing the need for frequent bathing (which, as we will see below, should be avoided).
Brush right down to the skin, especially gently on the sensitive underside of your dog’s belly. Thus, besides hygienic function, you will do massaging action, improving the pet’s blood circulation.
In terms of tools, long-haired breeds require pin brushes, while short-haired breeds need bristle brushes. Particularly useful are self-cleaning combination brushes, suited to both short and long-haired pets (especially if you have several dogs with different coat lengths).

Brush your dog several times a week, although it would be best to give him these ‘massage sessions’ every day.

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Tips for bathing

Some people are hypersensitive to the usual smell of dogs, so they often bathe their pets. But too frequent baths are harmful to the dog’s skin and coat because they remove the natural oils. The actual need for most dogs is to bathe every few months.
To bathe your dog, always use a shampoo specially formulated for dogs – don’t use products designed for humans, even babies.
Wet the dog well with warm water and apply the shampoo, starting from the neck back, avoiding the mouth, eyes, and inside of the ears. Finally, rinse well with warm water, let the dog shake, then rub vigorously with a towel.
To avoid having to bathe your pet more often than usual, use a damp towel to wipe dirt, sand, or mud from his coat when necessary.

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Tips for nail trimming

When to trim your dog’s nails? When you hear them clicking as he walks on the hard floors in your home.
Long nails can cause health problems for your pet. Besides deforming or making his gait painful, they can easily break, often at the base of the nail where the blood vessels and nerves are.
To avoid injuring your dog while trimming his nails, use only a clipper specially designed for this purpose. It is advisable to have a clipper with a safety guard that will prevent the nails from being cut too short. Since most dogs strongly dislike trimming, do not insist on doing it for all nails at once. Start with two or just one nail at a time and let your dog know he has nothing to fear. The general recommendation is to trim every four to six weeks.

Driven by the maxim „Only the best for our furry friends!“, First Paw is pleased to recommend these two products:

Dematting Pet Grooming Kit

This grooming kit is adapted to both short and long-haired pets, and easily removes loose undercoats, knots, mats, and tangled hair. Included nail clipper safely clips your pets' nails without cutting more than needed. All of these pet products are made from the best quality materials and are safe for you and your pet.
DOUBLE SIDED COMB AND BRUSH
Dematting rake with dual head (12/24 teeth) is a medium size that will fit most cats, dogs, and any other furry pets. Made with resistant stainless steel, the tips of the teeth are rounded and soft to preserve the skin of your pet.
Extra nail clipper
Included nail clipper is equipped with a safety lock and safety stop guard to avoid cutting more than needed.
Comfortable grip and resistant material
This kit is made from stainless steel and qualitative TPR and ABS material. All products have anti-slip and ergonomic handles for a perfect grip.
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Self-cleaning dog brush

The First Paw self-cleaning dog brush is adapted to both short and long-haired pets, too. It guarantees softer and shinier fur.

Thanks to its ingenious push-button system, a full push on the white button will reveal the teeth and keep them out without having to hold the button. Click again to hide the teeth and therefore release all the hairs gathered while brushing your pet. Made with resistant stainless steel, brush teeth are curved at 135° angle to gently penetrate deep in the fur. Tips of the teeth are covered with rubber to preserve the skin of your pet. This will provide a nice massage to your pet while getting rid of the dead undercoat. When not in use, the teeth are hidden in the case so that you can store the brush back in its box without damaging the flexible teeth. This medium size will fit the needs of small to large cats, dogs, and even rabbits. The brush has an antislip with silicone and ergonomic handles for a perfect grip.
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