Hi, my name is Christine and I’m a retired dog groomer. Actually, I’m retired from many things, but I always came back to grooming dogs. Sometimes it was my own dogs. I also groomed in a shop for many years.
I’ve been a kennel attendant in a veterinary clinic and part of my job was grooming the dogs before they went home.
Let me say right from the start, I’m not a show dog groomer. I just did everyday clipping and specific cuts like Cocker Spaniels and Schnauzers, and lots of Poodles. I’ve always groomed to the owner’s liking, so it usually was a little different for each dog.
I’d like to teach you how to groom your dog at home and show you that you can do a lot of the work at home by yourself. It will save you money at the grooming shop even if you continue to do scheduled full grooms there.
A lot of dog grooming is just getting comfortable with the tools and handling your dog. Once your dog understands that this is part of everyday life she will let you do what you need to get done. I’ll give you some tips and tricks to help you in certain situations.
I tend to give these instructions in a numbered list order so it stays straight in my head as I type it. I’m doing these from memory so I’m doing my best not to leave out any details.
Obviously I haven’t groomed every breed of dog out there. I did do one Bedlington Terrier though! That’s about as exotic as I’ve gotten. So I do refer to some reference books sometimes. I always list them as a reference if they were used.
It’s my goal with this blog to help show you how relatively easy it is to groom your own dog and save money at the dog groomer’s shop. I hope you find it helpful. Please feel free to leave comments or questions on articles and I will do my best to answer find the answer for you.
Thank you again for reading!