The grooming needs of a dog will vary greatly depending on the breed, the age, the coat type, and other factors. For instance, if you have a long haired dog, it will probably need a more regular grooming routine as compared to a short haired breed. Nonetheless, grooming is an essential strategy in making sure the health and wellbeing of your beloved pet are at the best they can be. Regardless of the type of dog, you may want to make sure there is a grooming routine in place.
In this post, we will be focusing on various grooming tasks and how you can plan a grooming schedule that meets the specific needs of your dog.
Dogs With Short Hair
The grooming needs of short-haired dogs are pretty simple. These dogs will only need an occasional bath and very minimal brushing. However, if your pooch sheds excessively, you can consult with an expert dog groomer about the possibility of low shed grooming solutions. Some of these solutions may be referred to as carding. But the main goal is to make sure the pooch gets a thorough brushing that will reduce its shedding. It is important to note that there is no solution out there to stop shedding entirely. Even when you shave your dog, there will still be some shedding, but the severity will be much more manageable.
Dogs With Short Hair And A Double Coat
Double coated dogs will typically shed fur seasonally. In that case, it is advisable to groom them at least four times a year. This will help pull out the dead undercoat before it starts falling all over your floor.
Dogs With Long Hair And A Double Coat
Double-coated long-haired dogs will also shed seasonally, but they also have very thick and long feathers on their feet, legs, butts, ears, and the belly. Longer hair is prone to getting matted too. Most of the time, this happens around the butt and behind the dog’s ears. In case the dog has already developed mats, there is no need to try and cut them out. You may end up cutting the dog in the process. The best option is to get a professional groomer to take care of this.
Dogs With Silky Coats
These types of dogs will have a single coat that will grow continuously. This means that grooming has to be done regularly. Usually, grooming once every four to six weeks should work.
Dogs With Thick Undercoats
We also have dogs that have an incredibly thick undercoat that needs to be removed seasonally. Failure to do this may lead to severe matting. These dogs should be groomed at least once every three months.