Our dogs are not immune to dirt. In fact, they can get very dirty. Add in the haircut and nail trimming needs and it becomes a job in its own right to keep our adorable adorable puppies clean and well groomed. But what’s the best option when it comes to grooming our pets?
Should you groom your dogs yourself? Or should we shell out the money for a professional to do it?
Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of DIY grooming versus having a professional groom your puppy.
Grooming Your Dog Yourself
If you decide to groom your dog yourself, you will need to start with a complete grooming kit for your puppy. You would at least need a brush, shampoo / conditioner, as well as a nail and hair clipper, to name a few.
It might cost you a pretty penny at first, but should pay off in the long run, as you’ll only have to replenish your supplies, like shampoo and conditioner, and replace dull equipment blades every now and then. time.
Another benefit of DIY is that your dog can also be less anxious and stressed out if you groom him at home rather than leaving him with the groomer. You can also groom at your convenience and control the time you spend cleaning your puppy.
If you are lacking in grooming skills and need to learn a few things before you get started, there are plenty of resources you can take advantage of to get you started!
However, there are downsides to self-grooming your dog, one of them is the time it may take to groom him if you don’t have a lot of experience in this area. .
You will also need to determine which cleaning products work well for your pet based on their breed and health. You can refer to your dog’s vet for help.
Finally, cleaning up after grooming your dog can increase the consumption of time. There is no denying that grooming your dog yourself will take time and be a bit of a hassle regardless of your experience.
Go to a professional groomer
One of the biggest advantages of going to a professional groomer is their experience. They would be able to groom your pet to a much better skill level than you might have if you did it at home.
They can provide different grooming treatments depending on your dog’s needs, for example, if your dog needs moulting removal treatment or needs a matted coat to shave. These types of treatments require expertise and proper care.
They will also have all the necessary tools and equipment to achieve these goals.
Additionally, they are able to do medical checks such as expressing their anal glands as well as cleaning and checking their ears for infections. Nail trimming also requires technique and care, as too much cutting can injure dogs and cause their nails to bleed.
One downside to seeing a professional is that the cost of some of the special treatments mentioned above can really add up.
Also, taking and leaving your dog at the groomer, even for a few hours, can cause him a lot of stress and anxiety, as these places are often very busy and noisy. Plus, it would take time to find the right groomer for you and your dog.
So which is best for your dog?
It will all depend on your personal situation. Whether you can afford to go to a professional groomer or have the patience and time to do it yourself, these are things to consider when making the right grooming decision for you and your pooch.
Sending your dog to the groomer every two to three months while you take care of some of the more minor grooming touch-ups in between can be beneficial in the long run. It can help you save money and gain experience in grooming your dog on your own.
How do you feel about DIY grooming compared to a professional groomer? How do you manage your dog’s grooming? Let us know in the comments below!