Keeping our pups in a clean and neat condition can seem like a never-ending process. Depending on the lifestyle of your pup and whether or not they’re an inside or outside dog, you might shudder every time you see them roll in the dirt outside, or as they’re jumping in the waves at the beach. You might know that grooming your dog is an important part of keeping them clean and healthy, but just how often should a dog be groomed? Well, this will all depend on your furry friend and checking on factors such as how fast their hair grows, the appearance of their fur, and whether they’re a fan of a nice grooming session.
Why you should groom your dog
Grooming your dog can help to keep their hair growing healthy and will remove old and loose hair in the process. It’ll also give your pup’s skin a chance to breathe and can cut down on the amount of grease that builds up in their hair. Many pups love a good grooming session, and it can be quite a relaxing massage for them. The more you do it, the easier it will become and the more your dog will come to like it.
As you brush your dog, you’ll be drawing out the helpful natural oils from their fur, which are then spread across the coat giving it that healthy glow you’re looking for. Grooming also promotes healthy blood circulation in your dog, so you know that you’re doing them good every time you get that trusty brush out.
How fast does their hair grow?
The breed of your dog here will determine how quick their hair grows, with some breeds sprouting hair incredibly fast. If your dog’s hair grows fast you might want to think about properly grooming them every 6 weeks or so. If on the other hand, their hair grows on the slower side, you can get away with grooming them every 8 weeks or so.
Where do you take your dog?
If you’ve got a beach dog that loves rolling in the sand and surf at the beach, then you’re going to need to take more notice of the condition of their coat. Regular baths and a full grooming session every 6 weeks will help keep them in check. On the other hand, if your dog is more of a homebody and likes resting in their bed for a lot of the day, the grooming schedule comes down to some of these other factors.
How old are they?
Your dog’s age is an important factor to consider, as little puppies can take a little while to build up some confidence as you groom them. Building that trust from an early age is important for both you and your pup, as you want it to be an enjoyable process for everyone.
If your dog has a few years under their collar, they may start to develop some issues with their joints and experience other typical medical problems as they age. This can make grooming a little more uncomfortable for your dog, so make sure that you aren’t grooming them every week just for the look it creates. It may be good to take them to a professional groomer who can help to look after them as they become a little more fragile.
What happens if my dog doesn’t like being groomed?
Some dogs are happier to be groomed than others, so if your pup doesn’t seem to like being groomed, there are a few things you can do. Make sure that you’re choosing a time when your dog is relaxed, such as after getting back from a walk.
As we mentioned, try and get into grooming your dog when they’re young so that they can get used to the process and understand what techniques or types of brushes that they really like. You might also want to give your dog a few treats when they’re behaving themselves as you’re grooming them, and give them a belly rub for good measure too!
If your dog has long hair, it’ll become matted more easily, which can end up being uncomfortable for your pup when you’re trying to untangle it all. If your dog loves being groomed and bathed on the other hand, then having that grooming session once every 4-6 weeks is usually a good timeframe.
Think about a dog bed
Grooming is just one part of the dog caring puzzle, as there are all sorts of other things you can be doing to provide your pup with all they need. Giving your dog a relaxing and comfortable place to sleep is essential for their physical and mental health. Orthopaedic dog sofa beds are also great for giving a top level of support for your furry companion and gives a soft place to sleep which can help with the condition of their hair.
Feel free to explore our range of luxury dog beds at Creatures of Comfort, and use our handy dog bed selector tool to find the ultimate match for your pup.