Dog Getting His Moustache Groomed

Tips For Grooming Your Dog

Make grooming part of your daily routine. Groom you dog when it is settled and relaxed rather than in the mood for play. Use treats and praise to make grooming a special occasion. Get puppies used to being groomed at an early age.


  • Aerates the coat
  • Ensures healthy growth of coat
  • Enhances blood circulation
  • Prevents oil buildup that can block pores
  • Prevents matting which can drag on the skin and cause pain
  • Opportunity to give him a quick health check
  • Allows you to check for matted fur between the pads of his paws
  • Reduces stress for both of you as you both relax and bond
Dog Getting a Haircut

Equipment & Supplies

Tools don’t need to be expensive but they should be good quality. Different breeds have different kinds of coats and require different tools.

  • Comb – a medium-toothed comb is a good all-around comb
  • Comb – fine-toothed or wide-toothed depending on your dog’s coat
  • Flea comb – for removing fleas and tangles
  • Brush – a soft slicker brush
  • Brush – curry brush if your dog has short hair
  • Brush – pin brush if your dog has a long coat
  • Shampoo – pH-balanced shampoo and conditioner made for dogs
  • Toothbrush – with dog toothpaste
  • Nail clippers for dogs
  • Ear drops (otic solution)
  • Ear and eye wipes
  • Small scissors
  • Electric clipper – if your dog's coat requires clipping
  • ​Old towels for drying
  • Non-slip rubber mat

Grooming Routine

Depending on the type of coat your dog has, some of this should be done daily or weekly. Teeth brushing should be done at least weekly. Bathing and clipping can be done less frequently.

  • Brush out your dog’s coat and remove mats and tangles
  • Do a pre-bath clip if your dog's coat needs it
  • ​Bathe and rinse thoroughly
  • ​Dry with towels or a hair dryer set to no heat
  • Clean ears with ear drops and wipes and dry
  • ​Clean around the eyes
  • Trim toenails
  • Brush teeth
  • ​Brush again and apply leave-in conditioner (depending on type of coat)
  • Clip hair if necessary
Bulldog Puppy in a Small Bathtub

Nails (Weekly)

  • Hold your dog’s paw steady
  • Snip off a small bit of the end of each toenail – don’t cut into the quick

Ears (Weekly)

  • Hold your dog’s head gently so the open ear is exposed
  • Apply the ear drops
  • ​Using the wipes or a cotton ball, start with the part you can see easily and then move farther in
  • ​Err on the side of caution to avoid causing damage
  • Use the wipes to wipe out excess solution

Teeth Brushing (Weekly)

  • Put some dog toothpaste on the brush and let your dog lick it off
  • Flip up his lips and rub the toothbrush against his teeth and gums for a few seconds
  • Give him a treat

Tips For Different Types Of Coats

Here are a few tips depending on the type of coat your dog has.

Smooth Coat (Daschund, Boxer)

  • Doesn’t need frequent grooming
  • Use a bristle brush against the lay of the coat
  • ​Then brush with the lay of the topcoat
  • Bathe and shampoo, air dry

Double Coat (Husky, Collie)

  • Needs more grooming
  • Use a slicker brush or pin brush
  • Short haired – brush the undercoat outward from the skin and then brush the topcoat with the lay of the hair
  • Long haired – separate sections before brushing and brush outward from the skin to remove loose hairs in the undercoat
  • After brushing use a wide-toothed comb deep within the coat parallel to the skin and comb outwards to remove more loose fur
  • Use detangler and loosen mats with your fingers
  • Brush again after bath and shampoo
Relaxing bath foam to a Golden Retriever dog

Wire Coat (Wolfhound, Airdale)

  • Run a stripping comb along the dog’s back to think the overgrown wiry coat to prevent tangles and mats
  • Brush the coat with the slicker brush in layers form the skin outward
  • Follow up with a bath

Curly Or Wavy Coat (Poodle, Bichon Frise)

  • Use the slicker brush to brush the coat against the way it grows – this will fluff it up
  • Bathe and shampoo
  • Towel try and then fluff dry with a blow dryer while brushing him from the skin out

Long Coat (Yorkshire Terrier, Maltese)

  • A coarse coat has a soft undercoat mixed in
  • Use a slicker brush or pin brush and a smooth bristled brush
  • Use detangler to help remove mats with your fingers and the brush
  • Use the pin brush to brush the coat out in the direction it grows
  • ​Brush the entire coat again with the soft brush
  • ​Bath, shampoo, condition
  • Silky coat has no undercoat
  • ​Use detangler and remove mats with your fingers
  • Brush the entire coat with the lay of the hair
  • ​Bath, shampoo, condition
  • Use a hair dryer while brushing the coat out
Puppy Getting his Long Coat Brushed

Hairless Coat (Mexican Hairless)

  • Use shampoo and a soft sponge to gently scrub
  • Rinse and dry with a towel
  • Use sunblock if this dog is going outside

Removing Mats

  • Prevent mats with regular brushing
  • If the mat isn’t too bad, spray with detangler and work it free with a comb
  • Work from the outside of the mat where the hair isn’t tangled and untangle slowly and gently
  • ​If it won’t come out with a comb try cutting it with a mat rake – don’t scratch her with the rake
  • If that doesn’t work try a mat splitter (be careful, it has a sharp blade)
  • Split the mat in vertical or horizontal strips and then use a comb or mat rake to go at the smaller pieces
  • For the very worst mats us a guarded electric clipper to carefully shave it away

Skunk Remedy

Mix Together

  • 1/2 quart of hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/8 cup of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of liquid dishwashing soap
Golden Retriever Playing With a Skunk

Give your dog a bath and use the mixture to shampoo your dog. Avoid getting the solution in his eyes. Rinse well, drain and fill the tub again, rinse again.

Repeat the whole process if your dog still has skunk spots. Rinse your dog well, drain the tub, and rinse well again. Smell for any spots you've missed repeat the whole process if necessary. Then shampoo with dog shampoo.

Skunk Remedies That Don’t Work

Tomato juice - Your dog will still stink and may be pink as well. Vinegar and water douche - It will only mask the smell. Professional odor removers - They only mask the smell.

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