What does dog grooming entail?

You may find grooming your dog to be time-consuming or even intimidating. You may be asking yourself if it's truly necessary to groom your dog. Should you do it yourself or go to a groomer? What does grooming even entail?

I would say it is an opportunity to spend time and bond with your pup. You can absolutely do it yourself with just a few tools which will be discussed below. 

Let us first define dog grooming; dog grooming refers to the process of cleaning and maintaining the hygiene of a dog. This includes various activities like bathing, brushing, trimming, and clipping. Dog grooming is essential to ensure that your dog stays healthy and happy. There are many skin conditions, ear conditions, and infections that can come about without the proper treatment and proper grooming. So grooming is vital to a lot of different breeds' success in having a healthy life.

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What does dog grooming entail?

Dog grooming involves several activities that are essential to maintain your dog's health and hygiene. After a couple of hours of grooming even if your dog isn’t the biggest fan they will feel so good after the same as you would feel after a nice long hot shower. We know every time we bathe Marlo that he hates every minute of it but after he is just so happy and loving.

Here are some of the things that you can do in your grooming routine with your dog: 

Bathing: Your dog needs to be bathed regularly to keep their coats clean and free of dirt and debris. The frequency of baths depends on the breed of the dog and their lifestyle. Dogs that spend a lot of time outside may need more frequent baths than dogs that are mostly indoors.

A great way wash to give your dog a good scrub is a spa shower brush. All you need to do is pour your dog's favorite shampoo in and scrub away. Depending on the size of your dog you could use the bath in your home or even using a hose outside would work great. Of course, only if the weather allows it. If your circumstances don’t allow you to bathe your dog going to the groomer just for a bath is entirely possible. You can do all the other grooming activities yourself and just have them give them a bath.

dog shower spa brush

Brushing: Brushing is important for dogs because it helps remove loose hair and prevents matting. Dogs should be brushed regularly, and the type of brush used will depend on the length and texture of their coat. Some dogs have a double coat and will take a little longer to brush but using an undercoat rake will make your life a lot easier! This is something you could do while watching your favourite show or just chatting with a friend. It can even be quite a calming and bonding experience for you and your dog.

Nail trimming: Your dogs' nails should be trimmed regularly to prevent them from becoming too long and causing discomfort or even pain. Trimming nails can be challenging depending on how comfortable for your dog is with it. Creating a nice calm environment with minimal distractions will help your dog become more at ease with the activity. Having the right tools like a quiet electric nail grinder and being aware of where the bloodlines are. Using the LED light that the nail grinder is equipped with will make seeing the bloodlines a lot easier. If you're not comfortable trimming your dog's nails yourself, a groomer or veterinarian can do it for you.

electric nail grinder with LED light for dogs

Ear cleaning: Your dogs' ears can accumulate wax and dirt, which can lead to infections. You don’t need to clean your dog's ears every time you groom them. Generally, once a month is a good amount unless your dog has some ear issues then I would follow your vet's guidelines.

How to clean your dogs ears?

You just need to squeeze a veterinarian-approved ear-cleaning solution into your dog's ear canal and massage gently at the base of the ear for about 30 seconds. You will hear a squishing sound as the product dislodges debris and buildup. Don't let the tip of the applicator touch your dog's ear, as this can introduce bacteria.  

Teeth cleaning: Dental hygiene is just as important for dogs as it is for humans. Brush your dog's teeth regularly with a toothbrush and toothpaste made for dogs. If your dog isn’t very comfortable with the activity you may also give your dog dental chews or treats that help clean their teeth.

Is dog grooming necessary?

Well in short, of course! As taking care of your own hygiene is very important the same goes for your dogs. They may want to get dirty more often than not but still getting cared for and groomed feels just as good. There are many reasons why grooming your dog is necessary. Here are some of the most important:

Husky Using Our Grooming Brush


  • Healthy Coat: Brushing your dog's coat regularly helps to remove loose hair, dirt, and debris, which can cause matting and tangles. This will help your dog's coat to stay healthy, shiny, and clean.
  • Skin Health: Regular grooming can help to prevent skin irritation and infections by removing dirt, dead skin cells, and parasites from your dog's skin. It can also help to distribute natural oils throughout the coat, which will keep the skin moisturized and prevent dryness.It also provides the opportunity for you to check for ticks, fleas, or other parasites that may be hiding in your dog's fur.
  • Improved Circulation: Massaging your dog's skin during grooming can help to improve circulation by increasing blood flow to the area. This increased blood flow brings more oxygen and nutrients to the cells in the skin, which can help to promote healing and improve overall skin health. It can also help to reduce inflammation and swelling in the area, which can be particularly beneficial for dogs with arthritis or other inflammatory conditions. 


  • Removing mats and tangles: Mats and tangles in your dog's coat can be uncomfortable and even painful. They can pull on the skin and create pressure points, which can lead to irritation, inflammation, and even infection. Regular brushing and grooming can help to prevent mats and tangles from forming and can remove them before they become a problem.
  •  Nail care: Overgrown nails can be uncomfortable and even painful for dogs. They can interfere with walking and cause pressure on the toes and paw pads. Regular nail trimming can help to keep your dog's nails at a comfortable length, reducing the risk of discomfort and injury.


  • Physical Contact: Grooming involves physical touch, which can be a way to show affection and build trust. Touch is essential for a dog's well-being, and regular grooming can help to increase your dog's comfort level with physical contact. It can also help to reduce anxiety and stress.
  • Mutual Trust: When you groom your dog, you are performing tasks that require their trust. Your dog is relying on you to handle them safely, to be gentle and careful, and to respect their boundaries. When you take the time to groom your dog regularly, you are building a relationship based on trust and mutual respect. By dedicating time to grooming, you are sending a message that you value their well-being and want to take care of them. 
  • Relaxation and Calmness: Grooming can be a calming and relaxing activity for both you and your dog. The repetitive motions of brushing and combing can be soothing, and the physical contact can release oxytocin, a hormone that promotes relaxation and bonding

In conclusion, dog grooming is an essential aspect of being a responsible pet parent. It involves various activities, such as bathing, brushing, trimming, and nail clipping, to ensure that your dog looks and feels their best. Regular grooming not only helps your dog maintain a healthy coat and skin but also enables you to detect any potential health issues early on. It also promotes a stronger bond between you and your furry friend, as grooming sessions provide an opportunity for you to interact with and show affection to your dog. In summary, dog grooming is a necessary and rewarding activity that helps keep your dog healthy, happy, and well-cared for.

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