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So you’ve been out and bought a dog grooming kit because you love your pooch so much, you want to keep him looking great and feeling happy. The thing is, while you might have all the best intentions, you don’t want to do anything that will make your furry friend unhappy or uncomfortable, so it’s important that you have some kind of idea of what you’re doing. 

The great news is that a pet grooming course is all that stands between you and the knowledge you need and we’ll cover that in a short while. However, to help get you started, we’re going to take a look at the common mistakes that some owners make when trying to do the job themselves at home. 

Mistake One: Over-bathing Your Dog

No one likes their dog to be stinky, but you shouldn’t fall into the trap that so many do of overbathing your pooch. Once a week is normally enough and as dog grooming courses tell us, over-washing is something that can strip the essential natural oils that dogs’ coats need. This often leads to dryness, irritation and allergies, so after a long walk, just wipe off any dirt, rather than giving them a full bath.

Mistake Two: Don’t Shave Your Dog

Some who opt against calling out a mobile pet grooming service choose to shave their dog’s coat to help them feel more comfortable in a warm climate. One word - don’t. It’s a bad idea that’s not even certain to make them any cooler. In fact, it could cause problems for your pooch’s temperature regulation, not to mention issues with damaging your dog’s hair follicles.

Mistake Three: Cleaning Your Dog’s Inner Ear

As much as you might want to, you should absolutely not clean your dog’s inner ear. Why? Well, because any soap or water left behind after cleaning can lead to infection - which can be awfully hard to get rid of. Instead, clean the head area with a wet towel and dry off any moisture in the ears with a cotton bud or two. 

Mistake Four: Failing to Rinse Shampoo Away Properly

Take an online course in dog grooming and pretty early on you’ll find out that thorough rinsing after shampooing is a must. The shampooing process requires that you get a good lather going, but it needs to be properly removed from their coat afterwards. If you don’t, you could end up irritating their skin - something you have to be particularly aware of when your dog’s coat is thick. 

Boost Your Knowledge With Dog Grooming Courses From OCA

A little knowledge goes a long way, as they say, and the same applies when talking about the care you provide for your dog. Fortunately, courses like our Dog Grooming & Pet Care Certificate are there to help you develop your understanding whether you’re an owner or someone looking to get into the industry as a professional - something you can find out more about by visiting us at

Alternatively, if you are considering a career change and would like to speak to us about our dog grooming courses or any of the CPD-Approved, video-based professional training we offer covering over 20 different sectors, just give us a call on 1300 611 404 and we’ll be more than happy to help you. 

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