Caring for your dog's coat between grooms

Dog hair on your carpets, furniture and your clothes can be a pain to deal with and never ending.

Brushing your dog’s coat betwen grooms can dramatically cut down on the amount of hair you have to deal with around your home.  But more importantly regular brushing helps distribute natural oils in your dog’s fur and skin and helps regulate body temperature.

Maintaining your dog’s coat between grooms will depend on several factors:

  • your dog’s hair type
  • length of coat
  • how frequently you get your dog groomed

Bark & Bath Dog Grooming Curly Coat DogExample breeds: Poodle, Bichon Frise, Cockapoo Cavapoo, all Poodle/Bichon mixes.

Wool and curly coats need a lot of maintenance as the coats are generally thick and matt quite easily.

You should brush your dog on a daily basis and focus on the ears, legs, tail and neck where the harness/collar usually sits.

Use a slicker brush and metal comb and bath your dog only when necessary.

Dry your dog by patting him/her down with a towel then comb through with a metal comb (don’t rub as this can cause matting).  Use a hairdryer on a low heat setting, and don’t stay in one area for too long.  Use slicker brush and comb again once dry.

Golden Retriver - Bark & Bath Dog GroomingExample Breeds:  Golden Retriever, Border Collie, German Shepard, Husky

Double coated breeds require regular brushing to stop a build up of dead undercoat and tangles.

You should brush your dog every other day using an undercoat rake and slicker brush.

Only bathe your dog when necessary, pat down with a towel to remove excess water.  Use a velocity dryer to help remove loose undercoat brushing at the same time.  A normal hair dryer can be used but will take longer.

Bark & Bath Dog Grooming - French BulldogExample Breeds:  Jack Russell, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, French Bulldog, Pug

Smooth coats are short and are very easy to maintain although they do shed their coat which can leave little unwanted hairs everywhere.

You should brush your dog weekly or more frequently to remove loose hair using a rubber brush.

Only bathe your dog when necessary, pat down with a towel or finish with a hair dryer on a low heat setting.

Shit Zhu Bark & Bath Dog GroomingExample Breeds:  Shih-Tzu, Lhaso Apso, Tibetain Terrier, Schnauzer, Spaniel, English Sheepdog

Silk and long haired coats require a lot of maintenance and these breeds are usually clipped quite short for maintenance but sill require brushing as the coat grows to keep it matt free.

You should brush your dog daily brushing everywhere but focussing on ears, legs, tail and neck where the harness/collar usually sits using a slicker brush & metal comb.

Only bathe your dog when necessary, pat down with a towel (do not rub as this can cause matts). Dry with a hair dryer on a low heat setting.

West Highland Terrier - Bark & Bath Dog GroomingExample Breeds:  Border Terrier, West Highland White Terrier, Norwich Terrier

Wire coats are very low maintenance coats that do not matt easily but do require grooming to remove dead/loose hair.

You should brush your dog weekly using a slicker brush & metal comb.

Only bathe your dog when necessary, pat down with a towel to remove excess water. Dry with a hair dryer on a low heat setting.