How often your dog should make its way to the groomer (or under your backyard hose) depends on the breed of your dog, its specific skin and coat conditions, and your personal grooming standards. Still, there are some general guidelines to go by to ensure your pup’s coat is getting enough attention.
Breeds that need the most grooming
Breeds with long or curly hair often need the most attention, mostly because those beautiful long locks can also become tangled messes quickly. Specialty breeds are also likely to undergo spa treatments more often, as most owners of these pets adore the freshly-done do’s. However, not all breeds that frequent the dog groomer fall under the “frou-frou” list. For example, big dogs like Siberian Huskies require regular grooming visits to help manage their thick undercoats.
Breeds with high grooming needs include:
- Bichon Frise
- Afghan Hound
- Siberian Husky
- Cocker Spaniel
- New Foundlands
- Old English Sheep Dogs
- Shih Tzu
Other signs your dog needs more grooming
Your dog’s general bloodline isn’t the only indicator of their grooming needs. Excess oil, a dull coat, itchiness, or general skin irritation are all signs that your current skin and fur care routine isn’t cutting it. Long hair dogs need frequent brushing to manage undercoats, and even short hair dogs need to be brushed regularly to eliminate shedding hairs that can get stuck to the skin and create irritation.
Oily or dry skin could also be signs that you need to change the frequency, techniques, or products you are using. In some cases, you may even be overbathing your dog, which can strip natural oils and leave your dog feeling extra dry.
If you notice any skin issues, like Schnauzers are prone to have, it may require special shampoos, treatment plans, and regular brushing. However, be sure to also speak to your vet to rule out any infections or medical conditions.
Grooming at home
Not all grooming needs to take place in a professional dog saloon—though you should still maintain a cadence of visits throughout the year. Basic grooming needs, such as daily brushing, simple trimming, teeth brushing, and even occasional at-home washes can be done under the care of the pet owner. Grooming visits can then take care of the big stuff, like fancy cuts, deep cleaning in a grooming tub, nail trimming, and working through tough knots.
Consider talking to your groomer to develop a routine of in-house and at-home care that is personalized to your dog, and that covers all of their needs.
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