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How to Groom Your Own Dog

Sending your dog to the groomer can be really expensive! But by doing it yourself, you can save big bucks. Here's how to groom your dog yourself and save money.

Ashley Mangin has a mobile grooming truck business called "Ashley's Move and Groom". She gives her tips on how to groom your four-legged friend.

Before you try this at home, make sure you talk to your vet or groomer to get any additional information they can give you. Grooming your own dog isn't for everyone. Only you know your dog's temperament - use your best judgment!

How to Give Your Dog a Bath:

For the first lather, use a non-toxic degreaser (we used Dawn dish soap!) and scrub well. Rinse, but don't rinse all of it off. This will stretch your dog shampoo for the second lather! After the second rinse well making sure to get off all shampoo.

How to Dry Your Dog:

Towel dry first. Use your own hair dryer to dry your dog. If you have a big dog, it might take a while. Or let them air dry and groom later.

How to Clip Your Dog's Nails

Most all pet-nail clippers are the same. You don't have to invest in an expensive pair. But don't use human clippers! Make tiny snips so that you don't hit the quick (essentially the same as what our "nail bed" is) as it can bleed. You can buy "styptic powder" in case you do cut the quick, and it will stop the bleeding.

How to Clean Your Dog's Ears

Using a cotton ball, use an ear cleaning solution and swab out the inside of their ears to get the yeast out. You can purchase ear cleaning solution at any pet store but we made a simple and free DIY version.

Here's our recipe:
Equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and vinegar
1/2 teaspoon of rubbing alcohol

How to Brush and Comb Your Dog:

There are various combs and brushes on the market. Depending on the coat of you pup, buy one that won't pull too hard and one that is made for their hair. You don't need to invest in a lot of money, just make sure you get the right kind by asking a professional. Comb all the hair before grooming.

How to Clip Your Dog's Fur

This is where you will need to spend some money. And no, you can't use your husband's clippers! The blade and motor simply are not strong enough. You will need to buy a very good pair of clippers. Some cost $100 and up. But, a small dog's groomer trip can cost roughly $50. So if you use them more than once, they have paid for themselves. Don't skimp on clippers!

There are many different blades, so depending on how short you want your dog's hair to be, take that into consideration. You may need to use a "guide blade", if your just giving a trim. Most clipper kits come with all of the blade sizes you might need. Go slowly and if you can't see the skin, make sure to spread it out so you can see it. If you can see it and its flat, you're going to be pretty safe. Be careful that you don't get any skin in the clippers so you don't cut the dog. Be careful and take your time.

How To Clean Your Dog's Teeth

You don't need a fancy dog-toothbrush. You can use a human toothbrush or even a paper towel. But, you do need dog toothpaste. You can buy a tube for about $4 and up. Not a bad price considering a dog dental cleaning can cost upwards of $200! You know your dog, so before you go sticking a toothbrush in their mouth, be sure they're calm and they trust you enough to do it. We don't want any dog bites if you try this at home!

If you have your dog groomed on a regular basis, DIY grooming at home can save you hundreds of dollars!

For more from Ashley, visit ashleygroom.com.
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