I have to admit that I’m no stranger to DIY grooming–for humans. I always cut my own hair (and John’s), as a way to save both money and time.
But I’m a little nervous grooming the dogs. Irie’s grooming actually a piece of cake, except for her nails. Her hound hair is as short as short can be, and she likes to be bathed. She’s not crazy about having her nails trimmed, but she sits nicely for it.
Tiki, on the other hand, is another story.
Tiki’s long, curly poodle hair is currently coming out in clumps, in danger of matting if not brushed every couple of days. She’s had anal gland issues in the past. She doesn’t like to have her nails trimmed.
Part of the problem may be my own reluctance to dive in, roll up my sleeves, and groom Tiki. But I’m going to give it another try thanks to a new book I just read that makes grooming–from baths to blow drying–entirely doable.
This week, I received a copy of the new DIY Dog Grooming book from Jorge Bendersky, a celebrity dog stylist. The full-color book shows, in practical, step-by step photos, how to groom your dog, regardless of breed, temperament, or age. From how to bathe and trim your dog, to nail, ear, and tooth care, this 160-page book covers it all.
As you know, we try to help dog lovers save money whenever possible here on DogTipper, and this book fits in perfectly with that theme. Along with saving money on the grooming itself, maintaining your dog’s grooming (especially dental care) can pay off down the line in veterinary savings as well.
Bendersky walks readers through each of the many kinds of grooming tools, from brushes and rakes to combs, clippers, and shears. I especially appreciated the sections on trimming the fur between your dog’s pads (where I’m always a little scared to trim!) and how to do a scissor cut (which is next in line on Tiki’s grooming card). There’s even a helpful special section on handling the most common grooming issues: gum in your dog’s fur, grease, glue, fleas and ticks, and even skunk spray.
A big paws up for DIY Dog Grooming!
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