We get lots of questions on how often dogs should be groomed to reduce shedding and what kind of grooming they need.  We intend to answer some of those questions in this article!

We’ll start with Dog Coat Types. In general, there are two coat types. The first coat-type is called Single-Coated. Single Coated dogs do not generally shed. Some examples these breeds are Poodles, Golden Doodles, Portuguese Water Dogs, Shih Tzus etc. The other type of dog coat is called Double-Coated. Double Coated breeds include Golden Retrievers, Rottweilers, Labrador Retrievers, Shetland Sheepdogs, etc. Many Terriers also have a double coat.

Double-Coated Breeds

Double Coated German Shepherd -- Shedding may be a problem

The grooming required for Double-Coated and Single-Coated breeds is very different. If you are purchasing or rescuing a puppy or dog, which coat type you want to groom is an important consideration. Double-Coated dogs don’t usually mat except on their leg, chest or ear furnishings. The draw-back to Double Coated breeds is that shedding dead coat can be headache! So they may be a little easier to groom, but you will need to vacuum up all that hair – don’t worry, we have a solution later in this article.

Dogs with a Single-Coat do not have a shedding problem (that’s a relief!), but their coat mats easily if they aren’t washed, dried and trimmed on a regular basis. You can keep their coat as long as you like as long as they are properly washed, dried and brushed. Obviously, the longer the hair on the dog, the more time needs to be spent washing, drying and brushing. The long and the short of it is that both coat types have their advantages and disadvantages – it’s up to you to decide what is important (both aesthetically and functionally) to your life style.

Proper Bath and Dry solve Shedding Problems

A typical Bath and Dry for a double-coated dog starts with a shampoo of your choosing. A few of the options are your basic shampoo (high quality and gentle on the skin), oatmeal shampoo (includes an oatmeal derivative that is extra gentle, but may not clean as well), hypo-allergenic shampoos (made for dogs that have severe skin allergies) and other types of shampoo that include de-shedding, scent or color options. After a double-coated dog is washed, rinsed and towel dried, we use a relatively powerful Forced Air Dryer with two motors that blows the water out of the coat. This dryer does not use hot air, but does blow out the under coat along with the water.

Drying a dog in this manner accomplishes several goals. First, the dog gets dried! Second, a good portion of the dead, under coat is blown out. And third, further grooming is easier when each individual hair is separated by proper drying technique. Our last step in washing and drying a double-coated dog is to use a deshedding tool that finishes stripping out the dead coat so that you don’t have any dog hair to vacuum out of your carpet (at least for a little while…).

Click Here for a list of Double Coated Breeds.

Single-Coated Breeds

Single Coated poodle -- Matting may be a problem

Single-coated breeds have the same shampoo options as above, but we may use a conditioner on his or her coat to hydrate the hair a little and discourage matting. There are plenty of dog specific conditioners, but hair conditioner for people works just as well. Drying is the real difference in how you care for  single-coated breeds and double-coated breeds. We use human hair dryers and brush each section of hair straight and dry all the way to the skin. It is important to start at the skin and get each hair dried mat free all the way to the end.  Mats develop over time or get worse when single-coated dogs aren’t dried and brushed completely. The final step is to clipper or scissor the coat to your specifications! Single-coated dogs are ideal for people who are allergic to dogs and are beautiful when washed, dried and groomed correctly.

Click Here for a list of Single Coated Breeds.

Solutions

I promised a solution to your dog grooming needs and here we go…

At Country Comfort Boarding & Grooming, we want to help you and your dog with your grooming needs by making Grooming more economical. We offer Groom Bath packages that allow you to bring your dog in as often as you and you B(est) F(urry) F(riend) would like. Groom Baths include a wash, dry, ear cleaning, nail trim, and anal gland expression. We give you the option to purchase 2 Groom Baths to receive a 3rd for FREE… Purchase 3 Groom Baths to receive a 4ht and 5th for FREE… And, Purchase 4 Groom Baths to receive a 5th, 6th and 7th for FREE. Click Here for super economical, professional Groom Baths!