As a co-owner of a dog grooming business with my wife, one of the most common questions we are asked is, “How often should I get my dog groomed”? I wish there was a simple answer to this question but there isn’t.

Many factors go into how often you should bring your dog in for grooming; here are just a few:

·      Do you wash your dog at home?

·      Does my dog spend more time inside or out?

·      What kind of coat do they have?

·      How well am I able to maintain it at home – time?

Dogs that have easy coats like Greyhounds, Beagles and Labs, while easier, still need to be maintained regularly but are able to go longer periods of time between grooming. We recommend anywhere from 6-12 weeks or sooner if you just can’t stand the “dog” smell any longer. One of our full service bathing options would cover this.

Dogs like German Shepherds, Huskies, Golden Retrievers and Samoyeds do not need to get their hair cut but have much thicker coats and require much more grooming. If they are not properly maintained, on a regular basis, they can hold their undercoat. This creates matting as well as not allowing their top coat to lie correctly.  You would be amazed at the amount of hair we can blow out of one of these animals, which is why the cost of their “bath” is more. I have spent over an hour just blowing out a Samoyed’s undercoat and boy does it make a mess, hair all over the place. To reduce the amount of hair your animal sheds in the house as well as to assist in their comfort, we recommend grooming every 4-8 weeks.

Labradoodles, Cocker Spaniels, Poodles and Shih-tzus are all considered high-maintenance. These breeds need their hair cut regularly as well as a bath and brushing as they can matt very easily. You can delay your visit to your local groomer if you brush it and bathe it at home regularly. Remember though, you must brush your dog first and then give it a bath otherwise you will create a matted nightmare and your grooming costs will be higher. Depending on how often you maintain the dog at home and the length of its coat, we recommend every 2-6 weeks taking your dog to a professional groomer.

Please keep in mind that every dog is different. Some dogs are inside dogs while others are out and about all the time. Some dogs of the same breed have different hair. There are a number of reasons why the above is just a rule of thumb. As such, Lori and I recommend speaking with us to create an overall grooming plan for your loved ones. This will help to keep your animal feeling and looking its best all of the time. It will also help to reduce the overall costs associated with grooming.

Call or email us with any questions you have about your furry loved ones, we are here to help.

 

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    We have been animal lovers all of our lives and have chosen to pursue life working with animals and surrounding ourselves with them. My husband recently left Corporate America and together we are turning my small business into a community. Please join us on this journey.

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