Just like people, all dogs have different types of hair or fur, usually referred to as the dog's coat. It goes to follow then, that just as different people need to take care of their hair in different ways, a dog's coat should be taken care of in different ways as well. In addition, different types of the year require different types of ways to care for your dog's coat because of shedding or non-shedding seasons.
- It's important to care for your dog's hair every day, no matter the season. A simple brushing and/or combing will suffice for most breeds. Dogs don't always enjoy this, so it's important that you remain calm to help the dog. Over time, it is hoped your dog will get used to it, if not even begin to enjoy it.
- When dogs aren't heavily shedding, the long-haired breeds can become matted. If this happens, it needs to be taken care of right away, otherwise you risk having it get much worse, or providing permanent damage to the dog's coat or even their skin. Try to untangle the mat first with your fingers, but if that doesn't work, cut it with scissors very carefully.
- When bathing your dog, make sure you have all the supplies ready, otherwise your dog is likely to jump out when your back is turned. You should then make sure your dog is wet all the way through his coat, and apply shampoo. Rinse your dog as thoroughly as you can, wring out extra water, and dry him with a towel.
- Fleas and ticks are more likely to make an appearance on a dog when the weather is warmer. There are a number of different collars, sprays, and shampoos that can help with the prevention of this. It's also a good idea to inspect your dog's coat when he comes in from being outdoors for a long time, or if he has been in heavy brush.
- Some types of dogs will only require you to groom them on your own, yet other breeds will require you to take them to a professional groomer. A veterinarian can help you with this decision. Of course, even though you could do the grooming on your own, you still may wish to seek the help of a professional groomer to save you time.
- After you have decided to take your dog to a professional groomer, you will need to discuss with them the exact cut you wish for your dog, as what you want may sometimes differ from the breed standard. The groomer's cost and the frequency of the grooming will vary depending on the dog breed.