Trimming is best left to the pros, but for your convenience, we've included some pointers here and in our DIY dog grooming video. Unless there are mats in your dog's coat that need to be shaved or cut away, it's crucial to bathe them before clipping their hair.

The frequency with which you should bathe your dog is determined by his hair type and degree of activity. The skin of an overly washed dog will become dry and devoid of natural oils. Grooming wipes can help dogs with smooth coats who are in between baths.

What does a dog's typical grooming regimen look like? A Poodle or a Yorkie, for example, may require a bath every 3-4 weeks and a hair cut every 5-8 weeks, depending on the breed.

Make sure your pet shampoo is devoid of parabens, dyes, and sulphates. Human shampoo should not be used because the PH levels are different and it may not be as mild. Tearless pet shampoo is ideal for use around the face because it doesn't irritate the skin or cause irritation to the eyes.

Brushing your dog on a daily basis is best, but brushing your dog three times a week is also beneficial for upkeep in between professional dog grooming sessions. Brushing can be broken out throughout the day if that is more convenient for you.

Use rewards, toys, or chews before and during the process to make it a positive bonding experience. For the best results, use a slicker brush and comb together. The brush applies the top layer, while the comb applies the beneath layer and is responsible for de-matting.

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