1. It can be difficult to groom dogs and cats. They scratch and bite, run around the house dripping bubbles, and, worst of all, cry like you’re the worst pet parent ever. Just like with kids, sometimes you have to do things for your pet whether they like it or not. Grooming is important for pet health. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be a more enjoyable experience for both you and your pet!

    Making Your Pet Comfortable

    The most important step to making your pet comfortable is training. It’s best to start when they’re young, but a pet is never too old to learn. When you are playing with your pet, regularly handle their paws, mouths, ears, and tails so that they get used to it. If the only time you touch their paws is when it’s time to trim their nails, it’ll be a traumatic and unpleasant experience for them. Another important aspect to training is consistency. If you are regularly grooming them, they’ll get used to it. The less of a surprise the grooming experience is, the better.

    Making Yourself Comfortable

    The proper tools are essential for pet grooming. If you don’t have the right tools, you won’t get the job done. So is the proper clothing. When grooming a pet, always wear something loose fitting that you won’t mind getting wet, staining, or tearing. When doing things like baths, it might also be a good idea to wear thick clothes to prevent being scratched or bitten.

    Having Fun

    Pet grooming games are a fun way to make grooming an entertaining experience for you and your pet. This can involve taking regular breaks during grooming sessions to play the games your pet usually enjoys, or playing special games. Did you know that pet hair creates a lot of static electricity? Static builds up particularly after a good brushing. If you take a regular party balloon and blow it up, then rub it on your pet, it will stick! Your pet will be curious and intrigued, rolling and playing trying to get the balloon off. You’ll definitely have a fun time watching your pet enjoy the balloon! Try this game the next time you are grooming your pet, or come up with your own.

    Your Relationship With Your Pet

    If done regularly, comfortably, and with a bit of fun, grooming will not only keep your pet healthy and you sane, it will also become a part of the bonding experience between the two of you. The time you spend grooming your pet can be a special time the two of you spend together, and something you can both look forward to. Good luck!

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