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DIY Home Remedies for Grooming your Dog

About a month ago I wrote a post on DIY home remedies to make for your dog when he’s suffering from dry skin, kennel cough, diarrhea, constipation, and other unfortunate conditions. We’ve gotten some good feedback on it, so this time I decided to share with you my best tips and DIY home remedies for dog grooming. These are all tips that have worked well on my dogs, and that I learned about from a number of trusted sources – my parents, books on dogs, and other high authority websites. I do however advice you to speak with your vet before trying them out, just to be on the safe side and to make sure your dog isn’t allergic to any of the ingredients.

Coat Treatment

There are three stages to coat treatment; getting out greasy stains and dirt, bathing your dog, and massaging his coat with ingredients that help make his coat shiny and soft. Cornmeal or cornstarch is an excellent everyday ingredient that helps remove any dirt or grease from your dog’s coat. Sprinkle about one tbsp cornmeal or cornstarch on those dirty and/or greasy stains when your dog’s fur is dry. Wait around 20 minutes and then brush the dirt out with a dog comb easily. Next, give your dog a good shower without using shampoo (if you’ve bathed him recently), till he’s all wet. When his coat is damp, rub honey in it and massage it thoroughly. Rinse afterwards. This will leave your dog’s fur shiny and soft.


Cleaning your dog’s ears

It’s very important to clean your dog’s ears on a regular basis. If your dog’s ears are swollen, red, or showing other signs of a possible infection, this treatment will not work and can actually do harm to your dog, so again, check with your vet first!

Before making a solution to clean your dogs ears, check to see if there is any wax that needs to be cleaned out. If so, pour a few tiny drops of regular olive oil into the visible part of your dog’s inner ears (be very careful not to pour too deep inside or straight down the ear canal), and after a few minutes, the wax will soften and crumble and you will be able to clean it out with a clean cloth. Next, apply the following solution: mix 1/3 cup of apple cider with 2/3 cup of lukewarm water, and use a cotton ball or a clean soft cloth to apply the solution to your dogs ears. Apply only to the visible inner part of your dogs ears, and then wipe it off with a damp cloth.

Treating your dog’s bad breath

My number one tip that works great for me is giving my dog fresh bones that I get from my butcher. She loves to chew on them and they really help clean out her teeth and are great for taking care of that infamous “doggy breath”. Lemon is another ingredient that works well – squeeze one fresh lemon in your dog’s water and after drinking it your dog’s breath will instantly smell better. Homemade doggy treats that are made from mint and parsley also work wonders.

Be sure to brush your dog’s coat on a daily (or almost daily) basis; this keeps your dog’s coat shiny and soft and also helps prevent shedding. Wash your dog once every three months or so, and make sure not to use too much shampoo so as not to dry out his skin. Give him a thorough inspection every day; check for bruises, scars, fleas, infections, ect. If you see something that is concerning, don’t hesitate to call the vet and ask for his advice. A good vet will advise you over the phone and let you know if you can treat the dog yourself or if you need to come to the clinic.


Above all, remember that grooming your dog is a great way to bond with him and should be a fun and relaxing pastime for both of you. It establishes your authority in your dog’s eyes and also builds his trust and faith in you, so remember to keep calm and have fun with it!


About Dana Torres

Born and raised in Israel with a ten year interval in New York, Dana considers both places her home. She first made the choice to commit to a frugal life when she signed up for a degree in the Humanities. Today she loves nothing more than to share her newly learned skills and experience in thrifty living with others.

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  • These are fantastic tips! My buddy Panda loves when we brush his fur. He makes a cute purring song…just like a cat! LOL

  • Amber N

    These are all great tips. I will have to be sure to do these for my dog.

  • mena & taty

    My pets will love it if I follow your tips. We all like some TLC 🙂

  • Lois Alter Mark

    These are such good tips. Love your pictures, and they make me miss our dogs.

  • My dogs LOVES to be brushed. IT relaxes him!

  • amanda ripsam

    You had me at the pictures of the cute dog I want a dog some day but for now were stuck with gold fish.

  • Thank you for this! My dogs are a mess right now and I need to get their appearance under control.

  • This is a great way to save some money on dog grooming costs. Hiring a professional can get pretty expensive.

  • Melissa Vera

    Thank you for sharing these awesome tips. I might want to add that giving them a good brushing helps as well.

  • Ourfamilyworld

    Who would have thought that fresh bones can relieve bad breath. Thank you for sharing those great diy ideas

  • Fariha

    These are some great tips. I would never have thought of many of these. I’m a cat person.

  • TouristMeetsTraveler

    Dog grooming can be very expensive, thanks for the awesome tips; those dogs are so cute as well!

  • mail4rosey

    Great tips here. And I laughed because I just read the tips about using olive oil for more than cooking on a different blog. This is one that could go on her list too (the ears). 🙂

  • That you for those tips, when my dog gets smelly I usually end up taking him to the groomer. I’m going to try that honey tip for myself.