Dog Grooming: Doing It Yourself Vs. Going To A Professional

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Our dogs are not impervious to getting dirty. In fact, they can get really dirty. Add in the needs for haircuts and nail trimmings and it becomes a full-blown job to keep our cute lovable pups clean and well-groomed. But what’s the best option when it comes to grooming our pets?

Should we groom our dogs ourselves? Or should we fork over the cash to have a professional do it?

Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of DIY grooming versus going to a professional to groom your pup.

Grooming Your Dog Yourself

If you decide to groom your dog yourself, you’ll need to start off with a complete grooming kit for your pup.  You would at least need a brush, shampoo/conditioner, as well as toenail and hair clippers, just to name a few.

This might cost you a pretty penny in the beginning but should be cost effective in the long run, as you would only need to replenish your supplies, like shampoo and conditioner, and replace dull blades on equipment once in a while.

Another advantage to DIY is your dog may also be less anxious and stressed if you’re grooming at home as opposed to leaving them with the groomer. You can also groom at your convenience and have control over how long you spend cleaning your pup.

If you lack grooming skills and need to learn a few things before getting started, there are plenty of resources you can pull from to help get you started!

There are disadvantages, however, when it comes to DIY grooming for your dog–one of which is the time it might take to groom them if you don’t have much experience in doing so.

You will also have to figure out what cleaning products work well for your pet depending on their breed and health. You can refer to your dog’s veterinarian to assist with this.

Lastly, cleaning up after you groom your dog can add to the time consumption. There’s no getting around the fact that grooming your dog yourself will take time and be a bit of a hassle, no matter how much experience you have.

Going To A Professional Dog Groomer

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One of the biggest advantages to going to a professional groomer is their experience. They would be able to groom your pet with a much better skill level than you might have if you did it at home.

They can provide different grooming treatments dependent on your dog’s needs–for instance, if your dog needs de-shedding treatment or needs a matted coat to be shaved. Those types of treatments need expertise and proper care.

They will also have all the necessary tools and equipment to accomplish these goals.

Additionally, they are able to do some medical checks such as expressing their anal glands as well as cleaning and checking their ears for infections. Nail trimming also requires technique and attention, since trimming too much can hurt dogs and cause their nails to bleed.

One disadvantage to going to a professional is that the cost of some of those special treatments previously mentioned can really add up.

Also, taking and leaving your dog at the groomers, even for a few hours, might put a lot of stress and anxiety on them, as these places are often quite busy and loud. Furthermore, it would take time to find the right groomer for you and your dog

So, Which Is Best For You Dog?

It will all come down to your personal situation. Whether you can financially afford to go to a professional groomer or if you have the patience and time to do it yourself, these are things to consider when making the right grooming decision for you and your pooch.

Sending your dog to the groomers every two to three months while you take care of some of the more minor grooming touch-ups in between can be beneficial in the long run. This can help you save money and gain experience in grooming your dog on your own.

What do you think about DIY grooming versus going to a professional groomer? How do you handle grooming for your dog? Let us know in the comments below!