New dog owners often find themselves wondering how often their new pet should be groomed. This is a question that is popular but has a relatively easy answer.
Ultimately, the frequency of which your dog should be groomed depends on what kind of dog you have.
To further specify, it depends on what kind of coat your dog has, how much they shed between groomings, and how much time you’re willing to invest in brushing your pet. When it comes to nails, however, all dogs should have them clipped once a month.
Here are our grooming recommendations for six popular coat types.
Thankfully, short-haired dogs only need the occasional bath and require very minimal brushing. If you find that your short-haired dog sheds excessively, consider asking your groomer if he or she offers any low-shed services.
Depending on the groomer, these services may be referred to as carding or furminating, but regardless, your groomer will most likely offer thorough brushing that will cut down on the amount in which your pet sheds.
Short hair and double coat
Although they have short hair, short hair and double coated dogs are prone to extreme shedding due to their extra layer of fur. Luckily, this shedding is generally only seasonal.
Dogs with this type of coat should be brushed and groomed at least four times a year to remove dead undercoat before it makes a mess of your home.
Dogs with silky coats have fur that grows continuously and needs to be trimmed regularly. If your silky-coated dog gets a very short hair cut, he or she will be good for two to three months.
Anything longer than an inch, however, should be trimmed every four weeks to prevent matting.
Double coat and long hair
Dogs with this type of coat shed seasonally but will typically have long wisps of fur on their bellies, feet, legs, and butts. This long hair is prone to becoming matted- particularly the long hair around your pet’s butt.
Be sure to keep the long hair under control and don’t try to cut any matts out yourself.
Pets with thick undercoats need to be groomed seasonally to avoid their undercoat matting, which usually results in the dog having to be shaved. Shaving a dog with this type of coat can be harmful, as the dog’s skin is exceptionally sensitive to sunburns.
A curly or wavy coat is the most likely to form matts. If your curly coated dog has hair longer than half an inch, be sure to brush it once a week. If it’s longer than an inch, brush it daily. A full-body grooming appointment is necessary every four to six weeks.
Before you allow yourself to forget to schedule a grooming appointment, remind yourself that severe matting can be uncomfortable for your pet, as well as unpleasant for you (poop trapped in matted butt fur, anyone?)
If you can’t make it to a groomer’s, try locating a shop that offers mobile dog bathing services- they are convenient and affordable.