Drying off a wet, bathed dog

Tips for Grooming your Pet at Home

If you've never bathed or groomed your pet, then now is the perfect time to give it a try. Before you get started, here a few things to keep in mind.

By Dr. Katalin Grant —

3 Minute Read

health + nutrition

Groom Regularly

The longer you wait in between grooming sessions, the more challenging the grooming will be. 

Be Patient

Dogs are intuitive creatures and can sense your stress, so try to make sure you are calm and relaxed when grooming.  Don’t rush, and make sure to keep a close eye on your pup, watching for signs of stress, like trembling, whining or panting.  If you notice these behaviors, take a break.  If your dog starts to panic every time you bring out the clippers, try doing a little bit at a time over several days and provide lots of praise and treats to make grooming a positive experience.

French bull dog getting a bath outside

Choose a Safe, Well-Lit Place

Choose a safe, nonslip surface so you and your pup won’t slip and fall during grooming, and make sure you can see what you’re doing!

Use the Right Equipment

Do your research to make sure you are using the right brush, nail clippers, trimmer, etc. for your dog’s fur, nails and skin type.

Ask for Help When Necessary

If your pup is still not into getting a bath, consider asking a friend for an extra set of hands, or talk to your veterinarian about the best way to calm your pet to get the job done.

For more information on grooming your pet at home, check out our DIY - How to Groom Your Pet at Home


About the author

Dr. Katalin Grant, DVM, has 20 years of experience as a board-certified veterinarian, specializing in general and emergency medicine, surgery and dentistry. She's owned and operated five different veterinary clinics and hospitals. Through her extensive research in the areas of pet health and wellness and her work with national health organizations, Dr. Kat continues to show her deep love of animals and passion for educating pet parents on responsible pet ownership. Plus, she's a proud pet mom to 3-legged Shih-Poo mix, Sandy, and 17-year-old Maine Coon, Sushi. 


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