When you become a dog owner, you are taking on the responsibility of your four-legged companion. After a few weeks as a new dog owner, you might begin to notice that the hair on your dog is growing. The longer the hair becomes, the more you will wonder..,
How often should I groom my dog?
The answer varies depending on the breed of dog you have and what you prefer for him or her. You might like your dog to have a shorter cut or you might prefer to keep the hair long.
Keeping a dog’s coat healthy and clean will have the dog looking better and also help a lot when it’s time to groom the dog.
If you have a dog that is known for its long hair, such as a Maltese or Shih Tzu, grooming is necessary once a month, but you will also need to care for the hair while you are at home too.
Washing the longer hair at home throughout the week and combing daily will keep the hair healthier. When the hair starts getting into the eyes, it is about time to schedule an appointment with a professional dog groomer who can give your dog the desirable trim needed. If you have no experience cutting dog hair, leave it to the dog groomer to avoid giving you dog an uneven cut.
If you choose to have the groomer shave the hair from your dog, he or she might not need to visit with the dog groomer as often. Shaved hair will often take longer to grow back in. You would likely need to take your dog to the groomer every 6-8 weeks. Even if there is no need to take your dog to the groomer regularly because you choose the shaved option, you still need to give your dog a bath once a month with a shampoo designed specifically for dogs. Bathing your dog will protect his or her fur. Not only will the fur look shinier after a bath, it will also smell a lot better.
Now you no longer need to ask, “How often should I groom my dog?” It is up to you to decide when you think your dog needs a trim. Always make sure to avoid letting your dog’s hair grow too long to the point that he or she cannot see clearly and becomes uncomfortable.