Golden retriever grooming tips
Retriever pet care guide
Due to the golden retriever’s long feathered coat daily grooming is essential to keep your dog healthy and well, the golden retriever is particularly known for it’s beauty and to keep it looking beautiful you not only have to groom it daily but also occasionally trim the coat. Grooming can either be done by yourself or if you prefer a visit to a dog grooming parlour, if you want to look after your dog yourself then you will need several items and these are:
- A brush.
- A comb.
- A pair of straight edged scissors.
- A pair of thinning scissors.
- Nail cutters.
While your dog will benefit from daily grooming trimming of the coat will only have to be done when it becomes untidy, it is better to remove a small amount of hair over a couple of days than try and do it all in one session. Some important points to remember when trimming your dog are:
- It is better to be on the conservative side when trimming, you can always take more off but you cant stick it back on.
- Always make one or two cuts with the trimming scissors then comb to see what the coat looks like before continuing.
- Never make the cut across the hair.
- Always push the scissors underneath the top layer keeping an upward movement.
- Always keep running the comb through the coat as you trim.
Before you begin trimming make sure you have brushed and combed your dog thoroughly being very careful of any tangles your dog may have in the coat. Where you start is up to you but usually professional groomers will start with the feathering on the hind quarters, before you start hacking away take a good look at what actually needs trimming.
If hair is hanging over your dogs hock then it needs trimming above the hock, pay attention to the tail the correct length should be reaching to the hock and trim if necessary. Always remember to cut twice and comb and cut on the conservative side, slowly work around your dog and if they are showing signs of boredom then leave it until tomorrow.
Of course this is stating the obvious but never try to groom a dog that wont stand still, you could not only cut away too much hair but also risk injury to the dog.
If you are unsure or nervous about tackling the trimming then maybe a better idea would be to take your dog to a professional groomer and ask if you can stay and watch them trim before tackling it yourself.
Your dogs nails will need to be trimmed occasionally and this can be done just as you would your own with nail clippers. Just as you can hurt yourself if you cut the nails down to the quick then the same will happen if you cut your dogs nails too short.
Only trim the very tip of your dogs nails, if you don’t think you have took enough off then cut again but bear in mind not to cut into the quick as it will bleed and could make your dog very wary of letting you near them again.