Basic Dog Grooming Tips – Lucy’s Pet Care

Basic Dog Grooming Tips

basic dog grooming tips

Basic grooming is something everyone enjoys. I mean, washing and brushing your hair is very soothing and refreshing, right? That’s why making sure your dog is groomed is an important part of his regular routine. Helping him look and feel his best will bolster your bond and his confidence.  I hope these basic dog grooming tips will be helpful to you and your pup.

Basic Dog Grooming Tips

Brushing & Bath time

Depending on your dog you may need to brush him more frequently. Long-haired dogs require daily (or almost daily) brushing to prevent matting or tangling. Shorter-medium haired dogs can go a little longer, usually anywhere from one-two week between brushing. Brushing your dog every day is never a bad thing, though. The more frequently you brush the healthier and shiner his coat will be.

A lot of times, bath time is not exactly the easiest time in a dog parent’s life. However, bathing doesn’t have to be a nightmare of a wet dog running all over your house. Try to stay as calm as possible and brush up on the basics of how to give your dog a bath if it seems to be overly stressful. Bathing should be a fun and positive experience. Dogs need to be bathed often, especially if they seem dirty or itchy.

Depending on the time of year and his coat he could be bathed as often as once a week or as little as once a month. If you have a long haired dog in the summer then you will definitely need to bathe him more often than a short haired dog during cooler months.

Basic Dog Grooming Tips

Trimming Nails

It can be scary to trim your dog’s nails, but it is a necessary part of basic grooming. Most dogs need at least a monthly trimming, but it does depend on the rate of growth. Usually a dog will only develop an aversion to nail trimming if he has been hurt before, so make sure to check out this video on how to trim your dog’s nails.

Cleaning Ears & Eyes

Have you ever looked in your dog’s ears and thought…”oh my gosh, what is in there?” Your dog’s ears can be a haven for bacteria and yeast infections. Ear problems are often genetic, especially of your dog has floppy or long ears.  Keeping his ears clean is definitely an important part of basic grooming.

If you aren’t sure where to start then watch this quick video on how to clean your dog’s ears. Eye boogers are gross, but they are a fact of life. Use a water-moistened washcloth or sponge as need to gently loosen and then remove the globs and dirt that accumulate around their eyes.

Your dog can’t just use his fingers to clean out his eyes as needed like we do. That’s what following these simple steps will help keep his eyes healthy and clean. Being fresh and clean is something we can relate to, so why not help our four legged family members feel the same joy we do after a nice shower or bath.

Seems like a lot, though doesn’t it? If you don’t feel comfortable grooming your pet, no worries, leave it to the professionals! Stay tuned next time for the best grooming options in the Durham area.

Also, here are some videos that might be of help to you in keeping your dog looking good between grooming appointments:

How to Keep Your Dog’s Coat in Shape

How to Trim Dog Nails


And, some other popular blog posts:


Hairballs & Cats

Tips for House Training Your Dog

Grooming 101 – Nail Trimming

25 thoughts on “Basic Dog Grooming Tips – Lucy’s Pet Care

  1. Sander says:

    Wow fantastic tips on dog grooming! Thanks for sharing this article

  2. It’s good to learn about pet grooming. Our little puppy has short hair, so I guess we should be brushing her every week, or so. I don’t think we’ve brushed her once, so I know we need to do better with her grooming!

  3. I liked that you had mentioned the importance of bathing your dog and that during certain times of the year you could need to bathe your dog once a week and brush him daily. My family and I care about our dog a lot, and while he’s not the cleanest dog, he’s still always happy. We might have to start brushing and bathing him far more often than we are, although we might look into hiring a professional to help with his grooming.

  4. Lucy Moore says:

    Thanks for your comment, Roger! You’re smart to consider getting supplemental help from a professional groomer. Even if just on occasion, it can save you a lot of time from doing the task, yourself. Especially, when it comes to fur and nail trimming. It sounds as though your pup is well-loved and very happy!

  5. Steve Last says:

    I like you point about the need to clean out “eye boogers” in dogs, and do that whenever it is needed. With our dog that’s almost daily. I think leaving eye boogers (we call them sleepy-men) can leave the dog looking older as they can develop a stain in their hair where their eye weeps which stays even after wiping them off. I think makes them look older somehow.

  6. Lucy Moore says:

    Thanks so much for your comment, Steve! Excellent point. My Sammy Star has them, too. I love your term, “sleepy-men!” 🙂

  7. Thanks for the great article! I actually love bathing my dog, but I’m always afraid to trim his nails. My dog seems to love the water too, so I bath him as often as once a week or twice a month. I’ll just have him visit the groomers when it comes to trimming.

  8. Thanks for the great article! I actually love bathing my dog, but I’m always afraid to trim his nails. My dog seem to love the water too, so I bath him as often as once a week to twice a moth. I’ll just have him visit the groomers when it comes to trimming.

  9. Lucy Moore says:

    Oh, that’s great that your dog loves the water – makes bath time much more pleasant for everybody! 🙂

  10. animalheed says:

    WOw! beautiful article on dog grooming thanks for such a great info

  11. Well, with our progressively hectic lives, sometimes the dog grooming activity can seem like a burden. Most pet owners believe that this grooming is all about a superficial swipe with a brush. But unfortunately, this is not the actual scenario. Because the dog grooming is more than a fast swipe, rather it’s about observing your dog’s skin, eyes, teeth, nails, ears, and giving him the necessary TLC to keep him in good health. Of course, it’s a vital part of pet care. Here, the blog is contaminated with some preliminary dog grooming tactics, which I find very useful. Listen- you can groom your dog at home or you can do the same task by appointing an experienced vet. It’s totally up to you. As this task is carried out for dog’s well-being, so my opinion is, it will be better to handover the grooming job to a reputable vet who can groom effectively without causing any injury to your canine friend.

  12. Lucy Moore says:

    Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment!

  13. Kayla says:

    I didn’t know that helping the dog looks and feel its best will bolster the bond and its confidence. My sister has a new pet dog and it looks filthy. My mom suggested bringing it to dog grooming services and shared this article with her. It says that dogs can’t clean their eyes and ears with their fingers as needed like we do.

  14. Lucy Moore says:

    Thanks so much for your comment and for sharing this article with your sister. And, congratulations to your sister on her new furry baby! I’ll be her pup will not only look good, but, will feed good, after a nice grooming!

  15. Thanks for the great tips! I really need to start brushing my dog everyday because he has knots quite often. Until now I listened to the advice of my friends and brushed only about once a week.

  16. Lucy Moore says:

    I’m glad this information has been helpful to you!

  17. John Wilson says:

    Awesome post. Thanks for sharing such useful information.

  18. I found it interesting that you had mentioned that when it comes to bathing your dog that it can be important to make sure they’re brushed correctly and cleaned properly while wet. My dog has been pretty dirty and we’re wanting to get him cleaned properly, but we’re both afraid to. Since we can’t really have our dog running around our home while soaking wet, we’ll have to start looking around for a pet grooming company.

  19. Kayla says:

    My brother has a new hairy pet and he doesn’t have time to bring it. You mentioned here that the frequency of a dog’s shower depends on how thick his/her coat is. Moreover, the nail paws should be trimmed too when brought to the pet grooming service.

  20. Lucy Moore says:

    Thank you, Kayla! Yes, nail trimming is very important, as well!

  21. This is one of the best post on dog grooming I have found. Simple, and short.

  22. I like how you point out that trimming nails is a necessary part of basic grooming. My dog has really long nails, but I’m too scared to try and cut them on my own, because I don’t want to hurt him. It’s probably a good idea to take him to a vet so that they can take care of it.

  23. Lisa Smith says:

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful piece of article. I have gotten information what I was exactly looking for.
    My dog is in desperate need of a dog day. Do you have any more tips on how to relax a dog? .

  24. Ava Channing says:

    You are 100% correct, long haired pups need to be brushed everyday! It’s a ton of work! I always tell my friends before they get a long hair breed, they never think it will be that bad – it’s a lot of work!

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