All you Need to Know to Keep your Dog’s Coat Healthy!

Grooming your dog is good for their overall health and longevity. Keep your dog’s skin healthy and coat free of dead undercoat and matting prevents health issues as well as discomfort to your pet which can impact their behaviour.

 “Grooming Can Impact Behaviour…”

Knowing your dog’s coat type, what tools to use, how often to bath, brush and clip your is important when it comes to grooming. With so many tools on the market it can get overwhelming for dog owners.

Let’s us help break things down to make it a little easier for you….

Hair Cut Dogs (Doodles, Shih Tzu, Poodles, Maltese…)

Hair cut dogs need to be brushed and combed out fully right down to the skin once a week minimum. If not, the coat will become matted which is very painful for your dog to be brushed out. It’s also a very long and stressful process for your dog.

It is recommended to take your dog to the groomer every 6-8 weeks for a full haircut. Most groomers offer bath and tidies where they will bath and brush your dog for in-between clippings.

Short Coated Dogs (Boxer, Pitti, Visla…)

These dog’s don’t require regular haircuts but do require regular bathing, nail clipping and ear cleaning. They can also benefit from de-shedding which can be done by a professional groomer or in your home.

Double Coated Dogs (Akita, German Shepherd, Husky, Shiba Inu)

Double coated dogs should never be shaved, especially outdoor dogs because it can cause sunburn, overheating and cold in the winter. Their undercoat is used as an insulation in hot and cold weather and prevents bug bites and sunburns. Shaving your double coated dog can lead to patchiness of the coat and in some cases the coat does not grow back at all.