Grooming your dog is not an easy task. Depending on the breed of dog you have; you need to consider the type of hair your new puppy has, the style which you wish, and how your pet acts when being groomed. I adopted a smaller breed, a Maltese, 36 months ago and I have groomed him myself coupled with him professionally groomed. He's got gone from having long hair, like a show dog, to now developing a "puppy cut".
Becoming prepared before you begin dog grooming is essential. Also, look at the time allowed. A high level beginner, this will be something you need a couple of hours to do. Below are a few things I have found beneficial to get ready before hand, as well as what to do during the grooming process.
Having Proper Grooming a dog Tools
Good quality clippers - This is the most important of all tools you'll need. Don't go out and buy the lowest priced ones you can get, here you get what you spend on. Also, make sure they have different length or changeable blades. Plastic guards, as what you'll get with human hair clippers, simply don't work (this is especially true with dog's that don't have an under coat).
Pin Brush - These are great for long-haired dogs and helpful when brushing out tangles and mats. Be certain they have a rubber base for the pins for flexibility, as it is easier for you and more comfortable for your dog.
Slicker Brush - Perfect for finishing your dog grooming session, giving your pet a great look.
Comb - For usage on the face of your dog, this tool is a must. It's much easier to get around the eyes, nose, and mouth without injuring the dog like a wire pin brush could do.
Hair dryer - Good for drying long-haired dogs, but make sure you use a low warm setting as not to burn your dog. Also, always dry your dog's hair before cutting and brushing.
Finishing Spray/Detangler - Depending on the breed of dog, you may end up having hair that is not laying down properly due to static electricity as well as a good finishing spray can offer the perfect ending touch.
Preparing The Dog for the Grooming Session.
Fully brush your dog before giving them a shower. This will make bathing easier so when using proper shampoos and conditioners your dog's hair and skin will appearance and feel great.
Consider the shampoo you use. Many dogs are responsive to the harsh chemicals in pet shampoos. Using all natural, oatmeal based, or hypoallergenic shampoos are the best.
Use conditioner. I've discovered that this is so helpful kids your dog during the drying process. The head of hair dries faster and is easier to brush.
Someone to assist
Grooming the underside from the dog, inside of arms or legs, and grooming the sanitary areas is extremely difficult. If you get an assistant they can hold the dog in the air so this task in order that it can be done with ease.
Your assistant can talk to the dog, keeping it calm and distracting it when you are grooming.
Last and more importantly, take your time. Understand this is often a stressful situation not only for you but for your canine friend as well. It's important to not go fast and cut or injure your canine, and you will inevitably should do a lot of clipping and edit work to get the look you try to achieve.
It takes me about 2 1/2 hours even with all of the proper tools as well as the aid of an assistant to groom out Maltese. Mentionened above previously earlier, our dog gets a "puppy cut" and I will continue clipping and touching up areas even 1 or 2 days later easily see something I missed.
Now i give Whirly, my Maltese who's also the model at Whirly Dog Supplies, pet clothes and dog apparel online shop, a "puppy cut" which both we enjoy the most, since it requires less to keep up between grooming sessions.
Just remember, dog grooming is a tough job but with time, patience, proper tools, along with a little help from a buddy of family member, it's extremely much easier and less stressful to suit your needs and your pet. I'd love to hear the experiences a person has had when grooming your dog and exactly how you managed the work.