Dog Grooming Techniques

Written by Sara Strand
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Dog grooming techniques are very specific to this field of, well, dog grooming. Even experience with cutting and styling your own or others' hair does not always translate into proper dog grooming techniques. The only way to master these techniques is to learn them, and then practice and continue to learn from your mistakes and successes.

Basic Dog Grooming Techniques
As always, the dog must firstly be washed and bathed thoroughly. This is both for the hygienic health of the animal and to assist in trimming the dog's hair (depending on the breed). Check the dog's coat for skin conditions, warts, and parasites as well, as these actions are part of basic dog grooming techniques.

You will want to shampoo the dog's coat completely and gently. While there are no hard and fast rules, generally, be sure to use a dye-free and scent-free shampoo designed specifically for dogs to avoid irritation and get the best results. You never know what reaction a pet may have to a product, so it's always best to play it safe unless the owner requests otherwise.

Finally, after the cut, comes the dry. When you are first starting, drying can take a lot of time. Many beginning groomers underestimate the amount of time it will take, which can lead to overbooking--a definite no-no. Groomers who have the space and money might want to invest in a stand dryer, which saves time and assists in using proper dog grooming techniques.

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