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How often does my dog need to be groomed? 

Grooming your dog is a great way to keep them clean, healthy and looking their furry best. How often do you need to groom them? Well, that depends on a variety of different factors. From short-haired Dachshunds to Bearded Collies, each breed has different requirements. 

At K9 Heaven, our standalone dog grooming service welcomes dogs of all coats and sizes. Our experienced team of dog loving professionals are more than happy to meet your doggo and stay on top of their grooming needs.

The amount of time you spend grooming your dog may also depend on their personality. While some doggos like to jump in water everyday, others might opt for a less adventurous path. Whether you’ve just started out on your dog parenting journey or feel that your pooch is overdue for a trim, this article will tell you everything you need to know about when and how to groom your dog.

What is dog grooming?

What is dog grooming

Dog grooming is the simple act of keeping your dog clean and tidy. Grooming your dog usually involves bathing, blow drying, shaving, clipping or trimming.

Not only does it keep your pooch looking and smelling their best, but regular dog grooming also helps you stay on top of common issues like fleas, ticks and shedding.

Reasons to use a professional dog groomer

Reasons to use a professional dog groomer
  • They are good with dogs and can handle all types of behaviour 
  • They have the right tools and techniques for your dog’s coat
  • They cover everything – including ear checks
  • They can identify other skin and health issues

While some dog parents like to take care of their pal’s grooming needs, a professional dog groomer has everything they need to keep your dog’s coat nice and healthy. When it comes to our pups’ health, they know exactly what to look out for and will notify you of any concerns.

At K9 Heaven, we have a team of qualified dog groomers who offer everything from blow drying to ear cleaning. Not only will a professional dog groomer save you time, but it also offers your doggo a chance to socialise with other humans.

How often do short-haired dogs need to be groomed?

How often do short-haired dogs need to be groomed

Short-haired dogs such as Dachshunds, Greyhounds and Boxers, have fewer grooming needs than their long-haired friends. When it comes to bathing these low maintenance pups, once every 4-6 weeks is more than adequate.

While most short-haired dogs don’t need haircuts, they will need to be brushed once a week to keep their coat healthy. Short-haired dogs with double coats need to be groomed every 2-3 months. If you’re still unsure about when to groom your dog, seek the advice of a professional dog groomer.

How often do long-haired dogs need to be groomed?

How often do long-haired dogs need to be groomed

As you may expect, long-haired dogs need regular grooming and daily brushing to prevent matting. From Collies to Terriers, these doggos need to be pampered on an ongoing basis. Their coats can easily get tangled, which is why it’s important to find an experienced dog groomer.  

At K9 Heaven, our dog groomers are well versed in working with long-haired doggos. We can provide ongoing grooming services to maintain your dog’s coat. 

How often do medium-haired dogs need to be groomed?

How often do medium-haired dogs need to be groomed

Do you have a German Shepherd or Shih-tzu at home? Like many others, these medium-haired breeds require frequent brushing and trimming. Most dogs with this coat will need brushing 3-5 times a week.

If you find that their fur often gets in their eyes, they will also need a regular trim. It’s not uncommon for medium-haired dogs to need a professional trim or stripping once every few months. 

With breeds such as German Shepherds, you want to be mindful of overbathing to avoid drying out their skin. A good bath every 3-4 months, ideally by a professional groomer, is more than enough.

How often do curly-haired dogs need to be groomed?

How often do curly-haired dogs need to be groomed

For the cute and curly doggos like Labradoodles and Bichon Frise, they need a lot of care to maintain all that fluff. If you’ve got one of these furballs in your house, you’ll need to brush them 3-4 times a week.

They’ll also need a professional dog groom and a good old bath once a month. At K9 Heaven, our team can also recommend the right tools and brushes to help you maintain their coat at home.

When should I clip my dog’s nails?

When should I clip my dog's nails

How often you clip your dog’s nails will entirely depend on their breed. Some doggos naturally wear their nails down as they walk, while others need regular cutting. Take a look at your dog’s nails to see how they’re looking. Many doggos require a quick nail trim once a month. At K9 Heaven, nail trims are included in our full groom and mini groom packages.

How to find a good dog groomer

How to find a good dog groomer

As dog parents, our pups are our pride and joy and it’s no wonder that you’ll want their dog grooming experience to run as smoothly as possible. If you’re looking for a good dog groomer, ask friends and family for recommendations in your area. You can also check out testimonial pages and online reviews. 

At K9 Heaven, our dog groomers are externally qualified and come with years of experience. Having worked with dogs big and small, timid and tough, they know exactly how to ease your dog’s nerves and help them feel relaxed.

How often you groom your dog will entirely depend on their breed and fur length. Before getting into a grooming routine, do some research or seek the advice of a professional groomer. 

For more information about our own dog grooming service, visit our website or get in touch today.