Little's Dog World

    Grooming is not a luxury, it is a necessity!       

Every dog needs to be groomed, no matter if it’s a short-haired dachshund, a Saint Bernard, or a poodle. Grooming is an extremely important part of maintaining your dog’s health However, different breeds of dogs have different grooming needs.

  1. Nail trims: Toenails that grow too long begin to snag on things like carpet. The vein inside the nail (called the quick) begins to grow in length with the nail, making a nail trim pointless if the quick is too long because then you cannot cut much off the nail. Long, sharp toenails are also a danger to people and other pets, as an accidental scratch can break the skin.
  2. Ear cleaning: A basic need for any dog, especially important for breeds with floppy, hairy ears like cocker spaniels, golden retrievers, and basset hounds—all prone to chronic ear infections.
  3. Bathing: All dogs should be bathed every 4-8 weeks, depending on the breed using the right products and procedure.
  4. Brushing short-coated dogs: While you may think it’s unnecessary to brush a short-haired dog, such as Jack Russell Terriers, boxers, greyhounds, or labs, regular brushing is a great health benefit for these breeds.

Brushing reduces shedding and stimulates blood flow to the surface of the skin. Regular brushing keeps the coat shiny and sleek and the skin healthy.

5. Brushing medium-coated dogs: Most medium coated dogs, such as Siberian huskies, collies, retrievers, and German shepherds, need the most brushing because of shedding undercoat. These are the dogs that do the bi-annual shed with clumps of soft hair that comes off them or sometimes gets matted around the ears, belly, and flanks. For small, tough mats that are not attached at the skin or “felted” into the fur,a clippers or thinning shears should be used for removal (it’s best to let a professional groomer do this unless you have the experience to do it).  

6. Brushing fine-coated and coarse-coated dogs: Many fine-coated and coarse-coated dogs, like poodles, schnauzers, silky terriers, shih tzus, westies, and wire haired fox terriers do not shed or have an undercoat. However, fine-coated breeds’ coats have the highest ability to mat in a very short period of time. It's important to keep these breeds on a regular professional groom schedule.