Animal grooming is an integral part of the hobby of keeping pets or animals at your home. From donkeys to dogs and from cats to hamsters, you will need to acquaint yourself with a bit of animal grooming just to give those animals a better life. While there are special courses for animal grooming that allow you to understand the different kinds of animals you are likely to encounter and also deal with the health and cleanliness issues that might come your way.
For your own pet, a complete animal grooming course isn't really necessary and a simple browse through the Internet or a book might give you a very good idea as to how to go about grooming your animals in the most efficient and effective way possible. There are plenty of health issues that might affect your animal's health and grooming them regularly is an important part of keeping them healthy and free of diseases.
Carry your Weapons
No matter what kind of an animal you have, you need to have the right kind of tools for the job. If it's for your pet you won't need too many different kinds of tools for the job however, if you are looking to get into the profession or are involved in an animal fancy hobby, you will need to get a lot of different kinds of tools and that too of a professional grade.
Depending on whether your animal(s) have a coat or feathers or scales, your tools will change. For fur, you need a number of different kinds of combs, depending on the size or length of the fur. That will help you un-entangle them or keep them smooth while you brush them down every single day. For large fur, you'll need shedding clippers as well as regular clippers that help you trim your animal's hair and maintain a smooth and even coat.
Animals need to exist in conditions that are vastly different and humanized as compared to a natural way of life. Despite their adaptations to our way of living, they need to be taken care of. Parasitic organisms, ticks, fleas and other disease causing insects can live in their coat for years, without know. Regular baths, brushing, nail-cutting and more is important to ensure that your animals have a good and healthy life without too many issues or problems.
The Grooming Process
There are certain things that you need to ensure before putting your animal through the entire process. Animal grooming needs to be a calming and helpful process for the animal and that means, you need to put the animal's comfort before everything else. Everything needs to be done slowly and after they are accustomed to the every single step of the process, you can move forward with the next.
That means, you need to place them on the grooming table, or a table, and let them calm down. If you are using electronic clippers or a blow dryer, then there's going to be noise. To get them accustomed to the sound of any electronic appliances that are running around you, you need to switch it on as far from them as possible, then slowly bring it close, giving them time to adjust to the sound. Never startle them as some of the equipment that you might be using might have sharp edges that can cause them injury.
Go slow and make sure that there aren't too many sudden distractions for the animal. Startling them will make them jump, even hamsters, and that could not just lead to injuries with the tools you are using, small animals might even scare themselves to death. The process of animal grooming is a delicate and detailed process that requires a lot of care and precision. You need to work slowly to learn the art before you can get to the point where you start styling or using special techniques.
Animal grooming requires a lot of time and patience but it is important to let your animals feel special every now and then. Their health isn't just based on the food they eat or the supplements they get, but also on the way they are groomed. A well groomed animal stays healthier and disease free longer than otherwise.
If you are someone who enters your animals into competitions, then you have to pay even more attention to animal grooming. Hiring a professional groomer every now and then may also be a smart choice but for your own animals, a few sessions of animal grooming can do both of you a whole lot of good.