Grooming your dog is a duty or responsibility that must not be taken for granted. Time and again, many dog owners, especially Golden retriever owners are not mindful of the fact that grooming their fluffy friend must begin very early when the dog is still a puppy. This should be done to facilitate proper coat development. If you want your retriever to be happy and healthy, then what your puppy needs are exercise, adequate training, affection, proper diet, and proper grooming. This is why this article will discuss how to groom a golden retriever as well as where to find the appropriate tools to make the job easier.
A golden retriever’s medium length double coat is very striking, but it is given to shedding. While the top coat is water repellant and dense, the undercoat is otherwise substantial. Gold retrievers go through seasonal shedding—this is known as blowing the coat. At such times, the undercoat thickens during cold weather and sheds in warm weather. Long fur covers the neck, underbody, back of the legs and the tail.
Grooming is a process that takes a lot of time and patience; therefore, you should spend at least one-half hour a week to groom your furry companion. The good news is that the more you do it, the less hair you’ll find around your house.
The grooming process can start off with brushing your dog’s coat. Make use of high-quality bristle brush and apply gently on its coat. Regular application and use of the brush helps to prevent the loss of hair. You can start the brushing sequence from the head to the tail, remembering to brush the body as well as the long and short length hair of its coat. Brush the hair that covers the tail area, the rear, under the body, and the back of the legs. If you spot any loose hair, remove it and then inspect your pet’s body. Look out for signs of skin irritations and ticks. You should take immediate action when you detect any form of skin problem as it could be dangerous if delayed. Be particularly aware of hot spots, which are known to impact goldens (there is nothing worse than watching your pup suffer with one of these).
You should also consider bathing your golden retriever to help in preventing ticks and fleas. Bathing also helps in reducing shedding and allergies since golden retrievers are naturally active and playful animals. They love participating in outdoor activities and don’t shy away from water. As a result, they are prone to getting very dirty, thus potentially attracting fleas, dirt and other allergies as well. This is why you, as a dog owner, must incorporate regular bath sessions for your golden retriever. But make sure the water is not too hot to avoid getting your golden retriever scalded. Be patient enough to allow your pet to adjust to the warmth and heat of the bathing water and rinse your furry companion with sufficient water pressure.
You can use grooming tools like slicker brush, comb, thinning shears and scissors to care for your golden retriever.