Learning to Groom Your Own Dog (& a Giveaway)


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.

51UNI9DiuQLPart 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!

Now one lucky DogTipper reader will win their own copy of DIY Dog Grooming!

How to Enter

We’ve got several ways to enter in the widget below; enter with as many or as few entry methods as you choose. Don’t forget to check out our other current giveaways, too! Good luck!

The publisher is providing the giveaway prize.


About Paris Permenter & John Bigley

Paris Permenter and John Bigley are the award-winning authors of over 30 pet and travel books as well as the founders and publishers of CatTipper and DogTipper.

  • Yes and it never looks good.

  • Sandrine T.

    Yes, I cut Gershwin’s hair feet, ears and tail.

  • Dawn Rasor

    Oh yes! I have 2 collies so I need to trim their feet but also the long hair of their “skirts” and belly fur plus around their ears too.

  • Jdace

    Yep. I have trimmed,cut and shaved my dog’s hair as needed over the years. Sometimes it is not very pretty when I get done though. Ha! If I win this book it would give me a much better idea what I should be doing.

  • Lillian Bracy Milstead

    Not yet but i have been thinking i need to cut her bangs as they keep getting in her eyes.

  • Nikki Blanchard

    I groom her most of the time, but I still have to take her in somewhere to have them do her face and ears. She won’t let me get the razor close to them. I Cut her toenails, but boy does she hate it. She whines like I am killing her and I won’t even be near her toes…she is just anticipating it. I haven’t even got her quick but once!!!

  • Linda Szymoniak

    My own dogs are short-haired, so I don’t have to cut their fur, but I do have to brush and bathe them, plus clean their ears on a weekly basis (hounds have long ears and are more likely to have ear issues than dogs with short or pointed ears). I do work in rescue and have on occasion had to trim out mats or other things from a dog’s fur, but would really like to learn how to do a more complete grooming.

  • Awesome! We’re still waiting for our copy of our book to arrive-we pre-ordered it back in February =)

  • Carey Runzel-Oberly

    Yes we have cut our dogs hair at home but we have the groomer do toenails as our guys are so wiggly 😉

  • Holly E

    I do. It’s expensive to always go to the groomer.

  • Shelley P

    Yes, we trim the dogs at home. We do a good job but I know we could do better 🙂 Would love to win!

  • Phoenixtl

    Only light trimming & nail clipping.

  • Sherry Evans

    I have never been brave enough

  • Helga

    No I have not.

  • Charlene

    Mostly just trimming when needed 🙂

  • Heather Bridson

    No, I bathe them but don’t clip their hair

  • Abby C

    I cut hair away from their eyes and I trim their feet

  • Crystal Rose

    I haven’t cut his hair before.

  • Carmen Van Deursen

    Yes, but it’s a disaster!

  • Shelly

    I have tried, did not do such a bad job BOL but would love to learn more as I cannot afford a groomer every month grrrrrrrrrrr

  • sandy weinstein

    i have several sets of clippers, brushes, etc. so i do all of the clipping. besides most places cut schnauzers like scotties or cut off their beards or feathers….not many places know how to clip schnauzers.

  • I’m clearly an amateur dog groomer (poor Milo), but I haven’t given up yet! Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Jennifer P

    I always cut Vicki’s hair. Poor baby, I’m sure she wishes otherwise. Lol. (Follow as Vicki Vix on Pinterest)

  • ado

    we cut our cats nails, at 15.00 a pop..don ‘t know if mom cuts her dogs hair, though..have to ask..

  • lsglickman

    The Golden, yes. Shih Tzu, no.

  • Christine Aiello

    yes I trim around her face when it starts to get to long around her eyes but she’s not quite ready for a full grooming yet.

  • Deena

    Yes, sometimes, but I am really bad at it. My husband does a much better job than I do.

  • sandy weinstein

    daily kibble is also giving this book away.

  • Debbie

    Let’s just say I try! My Daisy Mae, a Dachshund Chihuahua mix, has a very long, curly, thick coat that tends to hide her cuteness, as well as probably being very uncomfortable when it’s hot. I clip away periodically, but it’s time consuming, patience consuming (for Daisy), and I usually have blisters before I’m half done. I would LOVE to learn how to groom her the right way. ( I even have clippers, but am too chicken to try them. After all, Daisy does have her pride!)

  • Barlee Creations

    Yes I do all the grooming on my Springers, and have done so for year. I may not be the greatest but look good. 🙂

  • Parenting Furkids

    Since no one around here stripped terriers, I had to learn to strip my Airedale when I got my first one. Their coats fade out if they’re clipped, and I wanted mine to keep bright colors. With Black Russian Terriers like Vlad, it’s a combination of stripping and clipping. His breeder taught me. It takes me a lot longer than her, but I’m getting there. She’s also taught me how to “sculpt” Barkly so he looks even more Corgilicious. There are several other things I’d like to learn though. I think this book would be almost as great as having Jorge Bendersky at my mercy to be able to ask any questions I wanted about anything and everything!

  • LyricInTime2803

    No, I take him to the groomer- but as a sheltie, I only trim certain areas for comfort/hygiene. I trust his groomer to do it though =)

  • Mallory H.

    I have short haired dogs, so no need 🙂 But…I’m a new groomer – less than a year and would love to incorporate tips from this to my work ! Never to old to learn a new trick!

  • gkran

    Just trimming here and there. (Gianna)

  • Marilyn Nawara

    I take him to the groomer but I don’t like the way they cut his ears so I always trim them when we get home. I should probably just tell them I don’t like his ears, but they think it looks cute.

  • Mary Witter

    I do Casey’s between-grooms trim-ups at home.

  • Lisa F.

    I do some minor trimming on any of my babies that need it.

  • Janette Hartje

    I have in the past & now that I foster dogs for a Rescue group, I will probably have a foster that will need a haircut in the near future! I’m sure this book will be most helpful for any grooming needs I may have 🙂