Wash, dry, brush. Done? Of course, many dog owners who would be happy if it was that easy. Fortunately taking care for the coat of dog breeds such as Beagles, Bulldogs, Chihuahuas and Great Danes is uncomplicated and easy. You will find a complete list at the bottom of this article.
Healthy, Groomed Fur
A healthy coat is shimmering in the light and it is pliable when you comb through it with your hands. It just looks good and smells good. Nutrition plays an important role in this, as does the grooming.
Unhealthy, Ungroomed Fur
Clear signs of insufficient grooming include dry, brittle, greasy or dusty fur, lots of loose hair and bald patches. It often smells unpleasant as bacteria breed inside. If your pet’s coat still looks like this despite good care, poor diet or an illness may be the reason.
Grooming Your Dog
However, even with "uncomplicated" dogs, quickly brushing or combing their backs and their legs is not enough. A dog wears its coat all over its body (surprise, surprise ;)). Its belly, the armpits, the tail, the ears, the neck and the face are all part of its coat. Some dogs breeds need their coat trimmed every now and then, e. g. poodles. Additionally, a dog must be bathed regularly to remove the dirt from outdoors.
Bathing Your Dog
Grooming also includes regularly bathing your dog. Otherwise, bacteria can grow in the fur, which not only leads to that unpleasant “dog smell”. It can also lead to skin diseases.
Trimming the Nails
If you’re not sure how to do trim your dogs' nails, you can go to a dog trainer. He will explain it to you. Yes, you can take it to a groomer, too. However, when your dog has the necessary confidence in you, i. e. it lets you trim its nails, your relationship will be even closer.
Long Fur vs. Short Fur
A long coat is prone to be matted - much faster than a short coat. Especially BEFORE bathing you should be careful to brush it thoroughly before with a special brush and a metal comb. Why? The hair (including the loose hair) will swell up in the water and get tangled up quickly. Since you also have to brush the dog after bathing, these loose hairs will hurt your dog. It will remember this unpleasant experience and thus it gets difficult to put it in the bathtub each time a little bit more.
A short coat is less work than a long coat. Any loose fur is removed with a short hair brush and/or a rubber dog groomer. The rubber groomer has soft nodules, which also means a great massage for the dog - especially for those with sensitive skin. Short fur is considerably easier and faster to groom. Bathing also takes up considerably less time. But cleaning could be a different matter: some dogs shed a lot even though they have short fur. The time you saved on grooming may come back in the form of vacuuming and sweeping.
Get Your Dog Used to Grooming
No matter how easy the coat of a dog is: It should get used to being touched by a brush at an early age so that he will not refuse to being brushed later on.
We’ve also written an article about dog breeds that need a lot of grooming. In it, we give you lots of helpful tips on caring for your dog’s ears and dogs with double coats.