How to Groom a Dog at Home?

Good grooming will help your dog look good. The regular grooming process also allows you to examine your dog’s coat, teeth, eyes, ears, and nails for problems that exist.

  • Bathing at home

Your dog should be bathed regularly, but not frequently. Washing too often can remove natural oils and cause the fur to become dry and rough.

A mild shampoo formulated for dogs when necessary. Place the dog in a tub or basin and wash your dog thoroughly with warm water. Wipe vigorously with a towel, then blow dry promptly. Comb or brush as needed.

Nail Trimming at Home

Nails must be kept short for the feet to remain healthy. Long nails interfere with the dog’s gait, making walking awkward or painful. They can also break easily. If you can hear the nails clicking on the floor, they’re too long.

Many dogs dislike having their nails trimmed. You can make it a painless procedure by getting your dog used to having his feet handled in puppyhood. Start trimming gently, a nail or two at a time, and your dog will learn that you’re not going to hurt him.

If you accidentally cut the quick, stop the bleeding with some styptic powder. If you find it impossible to clip your dog’s nails, take him to a veterinarian or groomer.

• Ear Cleaning at Home

You should clean your dog’s ears once a month, more if he’s prone to ear problems. Clean the outer part of the ear only, using a damp cloth or a cotton swab soaked in mineral oil. Never force anything into the ear. Some dogs need the hair plucked just inside the ear to keep air circulating; ask your veterinarian if this is necessary for your dog.

• Eye Cleaning at Home

Clean slight discharges with a moist cotton ball. Do not put anything irritating in your dog’s eyes.

• Tooth Brushing at Home

Clean your dog’s teeth with a toothbrush and toothpaste designed specifically for dogs. If your dog won’t brush his teeth, rub his teeth and gums with your fingers to get him used to it. Then put a dab of toothpaste on your finger and let it sniff and lick; The same goes for a toothbrush. Be sure to provide chew toys to help clean his teeth.


When you combine home grooming and hygiene with regular professional grooming visits, your dog’s coat, nails, teeth, ears, eyes, and paws will be clean, healthy, and odor free – making everyone in the household happy!

Published On: December 11th, 2022Categories: Dog Grooming