How Often Should You Groom Your Dog?

One of the questions that is frequently asked is how often you should groom your dog. It’s not a straight forward answer like most people may think it is. Instead, there are a number of factors that you have got to consider before you can make a call on how often they should be groomed.


In this article, we’re going to be taking a look at some of the deciding factors that will impact how often you should groom your dog. Keep reading if you would like to find out more.

Taking Your Dog to Professional Groomers

The first factor is whether you are taking them to a
professional groomer. If you are, then the recommended time that you have between appointments is 4-6 weeks if you have a long-haired dog. These dogs shed their fur like crazy, and often build up sweat on their backs through the weeks.


Their hair also grows a lot faster, and longer than other animals, which means that you are going to need to get them trimmed as well. Too much fur can be dangerous for a dog, especially when it is hot as they can overheat extremely quickly. 

If you have a short-haired dog, then you won’t need to take them to the groomers as often. The recommended time is around 8-12 weeks for short-haired breeds.

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How About Grooming Them Yourself?

If you’re going to be grooming them every day, then you want to get into a routine with them. If you have a dog that has a lot of hair, then ideally you should be brushing them every single day. Of course you can still take them to the groomers for a big groom, wash and snip of the fur, but you can still do these things.


When you are grooming them yourself, they will get used to you doing these things, even if they don’t like it in the beginning, so just be patient and everything will work out fine.

You don’t want to shower your dog too often, but once per week should do for most long-hair breeds, and once every two weeks or so will be absolutely fine for short-haired breeds. Unless of course, they have been out and are covered in mud, then you can give them an extra shower or bath.

What Does It Depend On?

Some of the other factors it depends on are how well your dog copes with being groomed, how well they cope with strangers, and how dirty they tend to get. You should not be sending your dog to the groomers regularly if they don’t handle the interaction well.

We hope that you have found this article helpful, and now have a better understanding as to how often you should groom your dog. As you can see, it varies greatly depending on a number of different factors, so make sure you are choosing the appropriate amount of time depending on your dog.


The Dirty Dog wishes you the best of luck, and hope that you will get your dog sorted in no time! If you have questions or need assistance, you can reach out to us for more information.


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