When it comes to grooming your dog, you want him to look good, but if you don't have a lot of time, is there a solution?
Actually, there are lots of time-saving devices and techniques you can use when bathing, brushing, clipping, and grooming your dog. In order to get the job done quicker, there are two strategies: having the best tools for the job, and having the best methods for the grooming job. If you combine both these strategies you can get the job done even quicker! But, remember doing it right is in itself a time saver. If you skimp on important first steps like cleaning, and dematting, other jobs like clipping and drying will just take longer. Rushing or skipping important jobs does not save time in the long run.
Remember that if you are in a rush and flustered, your dog can pick up on your mood and become uncooperative. If your time crunch is causing your dog anxiety, you might be better off to skip grooming all together, than stress out your dog and create a negative association with grooming. After all, your dog probably does not care that much if he is dirty and scruffy! Also, an anxious or frustrated dog will not be quicker to groom, as you will have to spend time addressing their behavior and calming them down.
Make sure that if you are trying to decrease your grooming time, that you still work with your dog in a calm, relaxed manner, and that saved time can be put to other activities with your dog, like play and exercise, that will benefit your pup.
Do not rush scissor or clipping work to avoid injuring the dog.
Make sure clippers and other tools are sharp and oiled to avoid injury.
Regularly check clippers, dryers, and other tools that can heat up to make sure they do not become too hot. This is not a place to skimp on time.
Do not rush removal of mats and tangles, as any pain, or discomfort you cause your dog will result in longer grooming times in the future, if your dog starts to associate discomfort with grooming.
Do not stress your dog out by being in too big a hurry. Be calm and efficient, not rushed.
Investing in the right tools may be more costly, but is cheaper and quicker in the long run.
Lots of short grooming sessions may be quicker than only a few long ones.
Keep your dog groomed regularly to make it quicker and easier and avoid mat build ups.