A while back, Bella and I were at the ranch and I expressed my interest in learning how to groom her myself. The main reason was to save a bit of money, second and third reasons were so I could create a stronger bond with Bella while learning a new skill.
The first part of introducing grooming at home is handling!! I can't stress how important it is getting your puppy used to being touched all over - for grooming at home, for grooming at a salon, for the vet, etc.
Second, start slow!! It's okay to break your grooming sessions into chunks. Bella and I typically take 2-3 days at home. One day we'll brush and bathe, and the next day groom. Do what works best for you!
I will take some videos of basic eye trimming and paw pad trimming!! Stay tuned!
Various tools we use:
Small Clippers - for paws and sanitary area
Large Clippers - for body
Scissors - rounded tips for safety!
Happy Hoodie - great for those pups who find the hair dryer to be a little loud (could be great for fireworks too!)
Tight-Tooth Comb - this is great for a variety of reasons: dematting, detangling, ticks, and fleas