is important to keep your pet on a regular grooming schedule.
Neglecting to maintain your pet's coat can result in mats, skin
problems, and ear problems among a slew of other health issues.
Many factors determine how often your pet should be groomed:
Home maintenance of the coat
- The less often your dog visits the groomer, the more often your dog
will need to be brushed and combed at home. For example, a Pomeranian
that's groomed every 6 weeks will need to be maintained at home, while a
Pomeranian that visits the groomer every 1-2 weeks may not even need to
be brushed or combed between visits. Even if you don't have your dog
groomed that often, they can come in for a "bath and tidy" in between
complete grooms that will reduce the amount of work you have to do at
home to keep your dog looking good.
Type of coat
- Coat type varies even among dogs of the same breed. Coats that are
wiry and coarse do not tangle as quickly as soft and cottony coats and
thus, are slightly lower maintenance. This does not, however, mean that
wiry coated dogs cannot mat or don't need to be groomed at all. They
simply require less brushing and combing to maintain. Also, thicker
coats are higher maintenance than thinner coats.
Type of groom
- Different types of groom are higher maintenance than other types. For
example, a dog with a groom that requires more scissor work needs to
visit the groomer more often than a dog with a clipper groom.
- The way you want your dog to look is part of determining its grooming
schedule. If you prefer to keep your dog looking as though it
was recently groomed, you might want to bring it more often, even if
it's just for a bath or "bath and tidy."
schedules vary depending on the individual dog and owner. When you come
in for a bath or groom, talk with us about it to determine what will
work best for you and your dog.
This is a general
guideline for grooming schedules based on the most popular
breeds. Remember that even dogs of the same breed are very different
when it comes to grooming needs, and mixed breeds especially vary when
it comes to a grooming schedule:
Bichon Frise.....3-4 weeks
Cocker Spaniel.....4-6 weeks
Collie.....6 weeks Doodles.....4 - 6 weeks
Golden Retriever.....8-10 weeks
Lhasa Apso.....3-4 weeks
Miniature Schnauzer.....6-8 weeks
Standard Schnauzer.....8 weeks
Giant Schnauzer.....10 weeks
Shih Tzu.....3-4 weeks
Time of year
- It is often wrongly believed that the weather influences how often a
dog should be groom. Dogs with long or thick coats do not become too hot
in the summer heat. If the coat is well maintained, it will actually
help to keep the dog cool. In fact, short, sleek coated dogs are more at
risk of becoming overheated than dogs with thick, long coats as long as
the coat is maintained and mat free. Also, a long, un-maintained or
matted coat will keep a dog cold in the winter - more so than shaving
What can you do at home to maintain your dog's coat? There are many things that you can do at home to keep your dog's coat healthy and beautiful.
Brushing and combing
- The first step is brushing as well as combing. Brushing the coat is
important, but a brush does not go entirely through the coat to skin. If
it did, brushing would be very painful for your dog. A comb is
necessary for de-tangling hair near the skin.
- Proper nutrition is essential for a healthy, shiny coat as well as
healthy skin. Many popular brands of dog food contain large quantities
of wheat, which is not a natural component of a dog's diet. Think about
it - how often are wild dogs eating wheat? In fact, many dogs are
allergic to it. Unfortunately, most dog food companies are skilled at
hiding this fact from customers. If you check the list of ingredients,
the first thing listed may be chicken or beef. However, the most
prevalent ingredient could still be wheat. How is this possible? Wheat
can be given several names, allowing it to be listed more than once. For
example, the first ingredient may be chicken, followed by wheat gluten,
wheat flour, and wheat meal. It is also important to note the
difference between meat and meat "by-products." By-products have
questionable nutritional properties and can include anything from heads
and feet to intestines. This is not to say that these brands are
horrible for your pet, but a dog with sensitive skin or an unhealthy
coat may especially benefit from a change in diet. Even dogs with
chronic illnesses or health issues would benefit.