Grooming time is a great way to spend time with your pet. Golden Retriever grooming requires a weekly routine for the well-being of your dog. These simple tips on coat grooming will help your dog look healthy and well-taken care of.
One of the basic requirements in Golden Retriever grooming is a regular bath of your dog. His long flowing hair should be washed with a good quality shampoo and conditioner. You can bath your dog at least once a week without damaging his coat or skin.
Bathing is important for your Golden Retriever because of his long hair. You can train your puppy to enjoy bathing so that when he grows older, bathing time is not stressful for both of you. Remember, they are also natural water lovers and would definitely enjoy the water. Rinse your dog gently and make sure there are no shampoo and conditioner residues left on his coat.
In addition, you may use oatmeal shampoo to keep your Golden Retriever’s skin from drying. Scrub well on his coat and rinse thoroughly.
Hair Trimming and Brushing
Brush and comb your Golden Retriever’s coat at least twice a week so that wooly hair shed will be removed.
Your dog’s coat can pick-up static as you dry him. Spray with diluted condition using spray bottle wile drying the coat. As you dry using a hair dryer separate the hair by using a brush so that all shed is removed and brush in direction of the growth.
Using clippers and blade can reduce the length of your Golden Retriever’s hair. But you can make the appearance of the hair neat with the use of a straight-edged scissors and feathering it with the use of a thinning scissors. Opt for a trimmed but natural look of your dog.
Don’t shave the coat of your Golden Retriever. It is there to protect him from the weather. Basically, in Golden Retriever grooming, the only areas that needs grooming are on and the inside ears, tail and feet.
Golden Retriever’s coat should only be trimmed when it becomes untidy. Remove a small amount of hair at a time. Be reminded that:
- The rule of thumb is that less is best when it comes to trimming your dog’s hair.
- Comb as you cut to see how your dog’s coat looks before moving on.
- Keep an upward motion underneath the top coat.
- Don’t cut across.
A dog that doesn’t keep still will be hard to groom. The best option is to take your dog to the professional groomer and stay with your dog while he is being groomed.
Don’t forget to apply anti-flea medicine on your Golden Retriever. Insect bites, particularly fleas may cause allergies resulting to itchiness and skin irritation on your dog.
Golden Retriever grooming is not a stressful experience for you and your dog if you follow these simple tips. In fact, it will be a beneficial experience with you and your Golden Retriever. You are able to spend longer time with him and care for him. They are a beautiful breed of dogs but if their coats are not well-groomed, with dirt and fleas and ticks all over, you will have one unhealthy dog and an unhappy owner.
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