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How to Bathe + Groom Your Dog


Article by Kate Baxendale

Photography by Stock Images

Taking your dog to a professional groomer is expensive, and it's not always an option. Grooming your dog at home isn't difficult—if you have the right tools and a bit of training. Read through the articles below and learn how to properly bathe your dog, groom his fur and trim his nails from the comfort of your home.

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How to Bathe Your Dog

No one likes a dirty, smelly dog. If your dog is in need of a bath but the groomer isn't available, you can bathe him yourself. Not only does a clean dog make him more pleasant to be around, but regular baths are also essential to maintaining a healthy coat and skin. In the article Dogs 101: Everything You Should Know About Bathing Your Dogfrom, learn how to properly give your dog a bath at home.

How to Groom Your Dog at Home

Humans aren't the only ones who need regular haircuts and other personal grooming maintenance. All dogs require nail trimming, teeth brushing, ear cleaning and fur brushing, but the level of overall care depends on the breed. In the article The Dos and Don'ts of Dog Grooming and Hygiene from The American Kennel Club, veterinarian Dr. Jerry Klein gives a helpful overview of how to groom your dog at home.

How to Trim Your Dog's Nails

Keeping your dog's toenails trimmed is an essential part of canine health and grooming. However, the process can give dogs—and their owners—a lot of anxiety. In the article How to Trim Your Dog's Nails Safelythe American Kennel Club gives sound advice for making both you and your dog more comfortable with nail trims.