Leave it to the Professionals: Options for Grooming a Golden Retriever
Golden Retrievers are one of America’s most popular breeds of dogs. Not only are they known for their exuberant and friendly personality, but they make for excellent hunting dogs. They also are an ideal breed for service animals and search and rescue.
These medium-sized dogs are also known for their luxurious golden coats. Their beautiful fur makes them a sought after breed, not only for their friendly personality.
However, with a gorgeous coat also comes upkeep. Consistently grooming a Golden Retriever is an important part of being a pet owner as grooming helps keep them clean and prevent other issues.
Since Golden Retrievers have a double coat, they are extremely big shedders. If you don’t want to be vacuuming or sweeping every day, staying on top of their grooming and coat care is essential.
Read on to learn more about the grooming a Golden Retriever requires and how to manage it.
When to Groom Your Golden
It is a good decision to begin consistently grooming even when you’re dog is a puppy. Their coat doesn’t need to be groomed, but this will enable them to get more comfortable with the process. They will be familiar with the scissors and brush.
A lot of dogs loved to be brushed and groomed, but if yours doesn’t, that’s ok! Getting them comfortable with being handled by yourself and groomers is a good step for a positive experience for everyone involved.
Weekly brushing is important for your Golden Retriever. It will help keep their coat fresh and let you check for any wounds. There are many different types of pet brushes out there, so finding the best one for your pup is important.
The best types of brushes will be able to get rid of tangles and mats from your dog’s coat without causing them too much discomfort. You want to make sure the bristles or pins of the brush are long enough to get through their thick coat without hurting their skin.
Having a brush that is easy to clean is important as well since you don’t want to spend a lot of time pulling hair out of a brush. A lot of brushes will have retracting pins, making for easy cleaning.
A good brush will also keep their coat clean, removing any dander and dirt. You will also want to look for a brush with a larger head since a Golden Retriever is a medium-sized dog.
Shedding and How to Curb It
Grooming your dog will help rid their fur of fleas, keep them clean, ensure their coat is well taken care of, and most importantly, help with the dreaded shedding.
Taking your golden to the groomer for shedding treatments is a game-changer for your home’s cleanliness. That is where the groomer will blow out their coat with a high powered velocity dryer. This will get rid of all the loose fur that’s trapped in their undercoat.
You will notice a huge reduction in your dog’s shedding for a while after that. In addition to brushing your dog out weekly, they need to be groomed every 8 to 10 weeks. Your golden will shed the most during spring and fall as they get rid of and then prepare for their winter coat.
Don’t use any pills or coat sprays that say they will help with the shedding. They can be harmful to your dog and its coat.
Feeding your Golden Retriever a good amount of protein and Omega 3s will curb any excessive shedding. They will be healthy and so will their coat. Staying on top of their nutrition and exercise will ensure your dog is happy and healthy.
Golden Retriever Grooming Cuts
While many people may want to groom their pets at home, leaving it to the professionals is the best option. Weekly brushing can easily be done at home. Most people do not have the proper set up in their homes to effectively wash and clean their dog.
A professional groomer can provide a lot of different types of services that cannot be performed at home. In addition to trimming their nails and fur on their paws, they can also give your dog a haircut.
The preferred style of cut for Golden Retrievers is the Simple Trim. There’s not a whole lot of actual cutting with this one. A groomer will do some light trimming and feathering. They also will thin out their fur around the chest and neck.
The Teddy Coat involves a bit more trimming. The fur on the dog’s body is trimmed to a shorter length. The groomer will trim the tail as well, along with the legs and feet.
A Show Cut is like a Simple Trim in that it will just clean up the edges of the dog’s fur. Feathering and trimming will make sure your pup’s fur looks clean and neat.
Having your dog’s fur trimmed by a professional is important. They will make sure it is done properly.
Grooming a Golden Retriever
While everyone loves a cuddly pooch, staying on top of grooming a golden retriever is an important part of being a successful pet owner. Know what things are okay for you to do at home and what services need to be done by professionals.
Staying on top of your dog’s coat and their shedding will not only make them happier, but your home will be cleaner as well.
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