How to Groom a Golden Retriever
Are you thinking about learning how to groom a golden retriever? Golden retrievers are fairly simple to groom at home, just with the proper supplies and a bit of know-how. A step-by-step guide, plus tips for tools and materials, helps make it simpler. Keep reading to find out more and to learn more about grooming your dog at home. Here is a recap of part 1 of how to groom a golden retriever:
The first thing to know when learning how to groom a golden retriever is to keep the coat short. Unlike some other breeds of dogs, golden retrievers shed heavily during the warmer parts of the year. Some breeds such as the Manchester Terrier actually require being shampooed more frequently because of their long coats.
Once your puppy is up to the proper size, it’s time to comb the coat.
This can be done in one of two ways: with a brush or comb and a hairbrush. Using a brush is a good idea if your pup is still a puppy since brushing usually helps remove tangles, mats, and dead fur. For older dogs, it is best to use a comb, which is less harsh on the coat. If you are unsure about which type of brush is best, use one that is made of metal. Be sure to brush in the direction of the hairline.
After combing, you’re ready to start removing tangles. To do this, simply brush the teeth forward until they meet at the edge of the mouth. At this point, your dog is no longer biting and should be free of tangles. To help remove any remaining tangles, work them out along the dog’s nails. Be gentle when handling the nails, and be sure not to cut them. You can file the nails if they become uneven.
Next, you’ll want to trim the golden retriever’s hair.
It is important to trim the hair regularly since this keeps the dog’s coat in good shape and prevents mats and tangles from forming. To trim the hair, use electric clippers, taking care to be careful so the blade doesn’t snag the skin. Use the flat side of the blade to cut the hair, and the round side to comb the hair if need be.
Next, you need to remove any loose fur from the face and around the eyes. To do this, use scissors to trim the loose fur. Make sure not to cut into the skin around the eyes, since it will hurt your dog. Once all the loose fur has been removed, use a high-quality dog shampoo and conditioner to hydrate the dog. Shampooing and conditioning keep the coat soft and shiny, preventing matting.
Finally, it is time to shave the dog.
Golden retrievers do not have long hair, so they will take quite some time to shave. However, it is important to trim the coat regularly so that it stays looking neat. To shave the coat, use a straight edge, shaving from the top to the bottom. Be sure not to cut the skin or get any cuts on the dog. After the first shave, you can move on to the next one.
If you are nervous about cutting the dog yourself, then consider using electric clippers instead. With these, you simply set the cutting unit to a lower speed and pull the cord when the blades get to the edge of the dog. The blades will slowly do their work and shave the dog down in a series of very short pieces.
Then you simply trim away all the pieces and your dog is ready for a trim. You can start trimming the coat regularly, taking longer to finish than the automatic clippers. Eventually, your Golden retriever should look great!