Tips For Grooming Your Dog

Whether your dog has long or short hair, you'll want them to look their best. Regular grooming can keep their coat clean and shiny, and it's a good way for you to check for any possible skin or health problems at the same time. Grooming your dog yourself can also build up trust and is perfect for bonding with your pet.

Dogs with smooth, short coats

These are the easiest to look after.


  • Using a bristle brush, brush their coat once a week.
  • Start at the front and brush backwards, using enough pressure to make sure you get all the fur.

Dogs with short, thick, curly or combination fur

These need more grooming to prevent tangles.

  • Brush several times a week, using a slicker brush.
  • Brush from front to back, and don't forget to brush the tail.
  • If the fur is tangled, use a pet detangler or baby oil. Rub this in and gently brush out.
  • Follow this with a bristle brush, which can remove and dead hair. 

Dogs with long, silky coats

These usually need more careful grooming.

  • Using a slicker brush, start at the front and brush backwards, all the way down the tail. Don't forget their legs and feet.
  • Tangled hair can be loosened with a detangler or with baby oil. Massage it in, then gently brush out.
  • Once brushed, use a bristle brush to remove any dead hair.

Clipping their hair

Longer coats can get tangled and dirty easier, so you may prefer to clip it to keep it shorter.

  • Brush their coat before you start.
  • You will need to make sure that your dog is calm before you start or you may end up with an uneven coat.
  • Using clippers, slowly work your way around their body, not forgetting their feet. Take care around their face. It may help to hold their muzzle while you do this area.

If you don't feel comfortable doing this yourself, there are lots of professional dog groomers. Not only will they do a good job, but your dog will get a special treat being pampered in a professional dog salon.

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