How Often Should You Groom Your Dog?
You want your pup to look healthy and well-groomed, but some dog breeds require more extensive grooming than others. In this article, we will look at how often you should groom your dog to keep Fido looking sharp and healthy.
Most dog breeds require grooming at least once a month. You’ll need to brush the dog’s coat to prevent knots and mats plus remove any loose or shedding hair. With some dog breeds, you’ll need to brush the coat more frequently, even on a daily basis to prevent matting. Brushing also removes dirt and debris that can become stuck in the hair close to the skin. When you brush your dog, you’ll also have the opportunity to look for pests such as fleas or ticks and to make sure there are no wounds or rashes on your dog’s skin that might require medical attention.
Grooming Short Coated Dogs
Short, coated dogs such as Dobermans, Pugs, Boston Terriers, and others benefit from a abaft every four to six weeks. You can brush the dog to remove any debris or dirt from the dog’s coat. Even though a short haired dog might not have an abundance of fur, they shed on a daily basis, so brushing with a slicker brush removes the loose hair which helps keep it off your furnishings and clothing.
Double Coated Dog Breed Grooming
Dogs such as Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, and others shed their undercoats seasonally. If you do not loosen the fur through regularly brushing, the undercoat can mat. Consistent brushing is essential with double coated breeds. Brush the hair at least one to three times per week. Never shave the coat of a doubled haired dog or it could cause problems with the dog’s heat regulation. Instead, just brush the fur to remove the loose undercoat.
Curly or Wavy Coats
Poodles and Bichon Frise dogs all have curly coats that continue to grow. The do not shed excessively but their fur will mat easily if not regularly groomed. Dirt and debris easily get caught in the fine hair. Ideally, you should brush curly or wavy dog coats at least three times a day or daily. Most pet owners seek out the services of a professional groomer at least once a month to bathe and trim the dog’s coat.
Wiry Coated Dogs
Terrier breeds such as Airedales and wire-haired dachshunds often have wire coats that feel rough and bristly. The coat does not shed but lifeless hair can mat easily. You’ll need to regularly brush the dog’s coat to prevent mats. Brush wire coats one to three times per week and bathe the fur every one to two months to keep it looking good. Trim away the hair around the dogs’ paws, face, and ears every four to sick weeks to keep the pup looking good. Many wire-haired breeds are regularly shaved to keep their fur clean, mat free, and soft to the touch.
All dog breeds are unique, so you’ll need to familiarize yourself with your dog’s unique coat grooming requirements.