Skip the Skilled Groomer and Save Cash

Watch this video to see how contributor Danielle Braff grooms her canine. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarde

This was a funds blemish I couldn’t ignore: My canine’s skilled grooming value greater than my very own hair cuts. At $80 plus tip each three months, little Lola’s canine spa days have been including up shortly.

As soon as we went into lockdown, and Lola’s fur was getting uncontrolled (aka, smelly and matted), I noticed I wanted a greater answer. Overlook baking my very own bread: I made a decision to groom my very own canine.

I’ve an aged cocker spaniel, and until you’re planning on an extravagant canine show-ready look, you need to be capable to comply with my suggestions to offer your pup a easy grooming that’s nearly nearly as good as you’d get at knowledgeable groomer. The very best half: When you pay for the preliminary provides (mine value about $200), you’ll by no means need to shell out one other dime on your canine’s grooming wants.

Be sure to have tons of treats to reward your canine for staying calm and being nonetheless. Additionally, bear in mind that this can be a two-person job — no less than the primary few occasions, as your canine turns into accustomed. One individual ought to maintain your canine and calm him whereas one ought to do the grooming.

Right here’s the products on DIY canine grooming and a DIY canine wash.

What to Do and What’ll You’ll Want

There are some primary companies that go into DIY canine grooming, and every requires a couple of provides for the right canine haircut. The primary few occasions, grooming your canine will take about an hour, however it’ll get faster as you get extra snug.

Nail Trims

For trimming your canine’s nails, you will have a alternative: a nail grinder or a canine clipper. A nail clipper is the quiet possibility, and it’s cheap  — lower than $10. And you’ll clip your canine’s nails shortly. However if you happen to’re not cautious, you’ll be able to minimize the short of your pup’s nail, which may harm and trigger bleeding. Nail cutting ought to be a part of your canine’s month-to-month upkeep routine.

The grinder is a bit more costly and it takes a couple of extra minutes, nevertheless it’s not as straightforward to harm your canine. Since I’m completely new to this, I went for the grinder possibility ($29.99 on Amazon). To grind your canine’s nails, maintain his paw regular and easily press the grinder to every nail. In case your canine is nervous, ask somebody to carry a spoon of peanut butter that he can lick when you’re doing this. Prolong his nail by pushing your thumb up and again on the pad, and keep away from going previous the curve of the nail. If reducing or grinding your canine’s nails is an excessive amount of for you, that is the least-expensive grooming service to outsource. Often, you may get your canine’s nails clipped at any groomer or vet for $5.

Trimming the Face and Laborious Spots

For grooming your canine’s fur round his face and different element areas, you’ll want a smaller clipper. I take advantage of the Flip Elevate Pet Grooming Clipper ($24.99). At only a half-inch huge, this tiny clipper is nice for trimming round your canine’s eyes, his ears, in between his toes and all of the spots you might be a bit nervous round. When you have a very tiny canine, you might use this for his entire physique, however it might take a short time. It actually will depend on your canine’s breed.

My canine — who could be very anxious — appears to like this clipper. The device quiet and maybe looks like a little bit of a canine therapeutic massage. The doing half is fairly self-explanatory — simply shave the fur rigorously. You may’t actually harm your canine with this pair of canine clippers.

Trimming the Physique Fur

You’ll want a much bigger clipper for this. Splurge for the Andis ProClip ($199), which you may also snag on Ebay for about $60 (I purchased a used one this manner, and it’s nice). It glides superbly, it doesn’t snag and it’s easy. Most significantly, it’s fairly quiet, so it gained’t scare your canine.

I like to recommend not getting the cordless model, so that you don’t have to fret about charging the device in the course of a canine grooming session. Additionally, you will want a blade to connect to your clipper. Seize an Andis blade. These range in sizes, however I’d strive a measurement 3 initially so that you don’t minimize tremendous near your canine’s pores and skin.

The shaving half can be fairly easy so long as your canine will sit (or stand) nonetheless. At first, count on him to be a bit nervous. Chances are you’ll want another person to carry him when you shave. However with an electrical razor you’ll be able to’t get too near his precise pores and skin, so it’s fairly arduous to harm your pup. The worst that may occur is that you simply’ll give him an uneven minimize. However remember the fact that the blade can get fairly sizzling, and could also be uncomfortable on  your canine’s pores and skin. So verify each couple of minutes — and whether it is sizzling, spray this ($8) immediately onto the blade, and it’ll immediately cool it down.

Cleansing the Ears

When you have a cocker spaniel or one other canine with lengthy, droopy ears, you then’re in all probability accustomed to this half as you ought to be doing this routine as soon as per week. Seize certainly one of these wipes ($13) and wipe the within of your canine’s ears. Put it in deeply, and wipe till there’s no extra dust or grime. Chances are you’ll want a number of per ear.

Brushing the Tooth

I take advantage of an everyday human toothbrush and add a pea-size quantity of canine toothpaste ($10) to brush my canine’s tooth.

Bathing Your Canine

Utilizing heat water, give your canine a pleasant scrub to do away with all of the dust and unfastened fur. You don’t technically want any equipment for this moreover a canine shampoo, however these gloves actually assist with shedding, as they take away fur whereas massaging your canine. Lastly, brush your canine’s fur, and he’ll appear like a present canine. Or no less than a groomed canine.

Danielle Braff is a contributor to The Penny Hoarder.

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