The last thing you want to happen while grooming your pet is to have him/her get injured, your pet’s safety is our #1 concern. Before you begin the grooming process let’s go over a few pet safety tips.
- Choose a place for grooming that has no distractions
- Keep all grooming tools out of your pet’s reach
- Use a noose to keep your pet from getting away
- Never leave your pet unattended while in the tub or on a grooming table
- Have everything you will need ready and easily accessible
Choose a place that has no distractions
Finding a place in your house that is away from distraction will make it much easier for you and your pet. Animals are easily distracted by sounds and sudden movements. When grooming your pet you want his/her full attention. The ideal location would be a room with a door that you can close to minimize distractions.
Keep all grooming tools out of your pet’s reach
Some grooming tools have sharp edges that could harm your pet if they were to step on or try to grab it with their mouth. Clippers have an electrical cord that could be chewed on and cause electric shocks to your pet. Look for a table or counter that is in easy reach to layout your grooming tools, never place them on the same table as your pet.
Use a noose to keep your pet from getting away
If your pet is still getting used to being groomed he/she will try to escape the process. By putting a restraint on him/her shows them that you are in control of the situation. Some animals get so used to being groomed that they will happily sit still while being groomed. If you are grooming your pet on a table I highly recommend using a Groomers Poll with a noose attached, jumping off a high table can cause injuries to your pet.
Never leave your pet unattended while in the tub or on a grooming table
Most animals are very fast and will attempt to jump the minute your back is turned. Don’t give them the chance, never leave them alone. Even if you are using a noose, they can still try to get away and cause injuries to themselves.
Have everything you will need ready and easily accessible
Before you begin make sure you have everything you will need, you don’t want to stop and leave your pet to go looking for something. Make yourself a grooming checklist or better yet keep all your grooming supplies in a plastic bin or storage container.
You want the grooming experience for your pet to go as smooth as possible. Animals remember bad experiences, you do not want grooming to be one of them. Your pet should learn to enjoy or at least tolerate the grooming experience.
If you have any questions please leave a comment.