Do you want to groom your petite pup to pawfection? Before you dive into do-it-yourself small dog grooming, you will want to learn how to handle your small dog safely and how to master the techniques professional pup groomers use to make pups look howlingly handsome. This article will walk you through what you need to know with tips to make the job easier.
Small Dog Grooming Tools: What Do You Need
Are dog grooming tools one-size-fits-all? Not necessarily. You will likely want to use small dog nail clippers. Sometimes you can use clippers designed for cats. Most regular dog toothbrushes may also be too big for some smaller breeds, so be sure to get one that comfortably fits into your dog’s mouth. You may want to invest in a blow-dryer with a low heat setting if you have a long-haired dog.
How to Handle Your Small Dog
Small and tiny dogs require just a bit more consideration when being handled for grooming. They have a tendency to wiggle, squirm, and escape. While your small dog squeezing out of your grasp wouldn’t normally be a big deal, once your dog gets wet and suds, they can be even more difficult to hang onto. And the last thing you want is your dog to slip off a counter or other high surface.
So, you will want to ask a friend or family member to help you, especially for the first few baths. When lifting your dog, brushing those canine chompers, or clipping your dog’s nails, ask your helper to keep one arm around your dog’s belly and one around their neck so your dog’s head is resting in your elbow.
How to Bathe a Small Dog
- Before the bathing process even begins, you will want to give your dog a chance to release some excess energy with a walk.
- Begin the bathing process by gathering all the gear you need to bathe your pup and placing them on the edge of your tub or sink. You will need:
- Towels (you may want to place a few around the bathtub)
- Dog shampoo and conditioner
- Cotton balls
- Cotton swabs
- A leash
Treats work as a great reward throughout the bathing process, but if you are already juggling too much, just focus on the bathing process.
- Place your dog in the bath. Your partner should hold your dog securely and prevent any slips or falls. If your dog is a master escape artist, you may want to keep their collar and leash on them.As your partner has your pup secure, adjust the temperature. Your dog’s water should be lukewarm.