How Often Does Your Dog Need Grooming


Let’s face it! Our furry friends get dirty. From rolling in the grass to that mysterious “swamp smell,” they pick up on walks, keeping your dog clean and comfortable is essential to pet ownership. But how often does your dog need grooming? This blog explores factors like coat type and lifestyle to help you create a grooming schedule. Learn to keep your pup clean and happy between baths with at-home brushing and nail trimming tips!

Coat Considerations

The most significant factor in how often your dog needs professional grooming is their coat. Here’s a general guide:

  • Coat Type:
    • Long-haired breeds: Think Shih Tzus, Poodles, and Pomeranians. These luxurious locks require more frequent attention to prevent matting. A good rule of thumb is every 4-6 weeks.
    • Short-haired breeds: Beagles, Labs, and Boxers typically need less professional grooming. Every 8-12 weeks might suffice.
    • Double-coated breeds: Huskies, Golden Retrievers, and Corgis have two fur layers. Regular brushing (1-3 times a week) helps manage shedding and prevent matting. Recommendations are for professional grooming every 2-3 months.
  • Lifestyle:
    • Adventurous pups: Does your dog love to explore the great outdoors? If so, your dog needs frequent baths (every 4-6 weeks) to remove dirt and debris.

Brushing Up Between Appointments

Here’s what you can do at home to keep your dog looking and feeling their best in between professional grooming sessions:

  • Brushing: Regular brushing removes loose fur, prevents matting, and stimulates healthy skin. The frequency depends on your dog’s coat type (see above).
  • Bathing: Don’t overdo it! Frequent baths can strip your dog’s coat of natural oils. Consult your veterinarian for a recommended bathing schedule based on your dog’s needs.
  • Nail Trimming: Long nails can be uncomfortable for your dog and damage your floors. Regular nail trims (every 4-8 weeks) are essential. If you’re uncomfortable doing this yourself, your groomer can handle it.
  • Ear Cleaning: Floppy ears can trap moisture and harbor infection. Regularly check your dog’s ears and clean them with a vet-approved solution.

Still Unsure?

If you need clarification on how often your dog needs professional grooming, feel free to reach out! Our experienced groomers can assess your dog’s needs and create a personalized grooming plan.

At d’Tails Pet Spa, we’re passionate about keeping your dog happy and healthy. We offer groomingdog washing (full-service and self-service), and additional services to meet your dog’s needs. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and give your pup the pampering they deserve! Call us at 770-886-8PUP (770-886-8787) or contact us onlineRemember, a clean and well-groomed dog is a happy dog!