How to Groom a Double Coated Dog

15 - 30 Minutes
1 Week


No one wants their dog to look like one giant hairball, but when your furry friend is one of the many breeds that have a double coat, keeping him properly groomed can be more than challenging. Keeping him well-groomed is not only better for your pup's health but the health of your vacuum cleaner as well. 

While it might be easier to take your pup to a professional groomer to have his coat and claws tended to, the annual cost of doing so can be quite expensive and take a lot of time out of your life. Grooming him yourself will save you money and give you far more time to spend bonding with him. 

Dog's Perspective

Most dogs with a double coat shed it naturally twice a year. Once in the fall as they get rid of their summer coat in favor of a winter one and once in the spring when the reverse happens. Despite this, you still need to keep up on your pup's grooming. Not only will it make him more comfortable, but will help you find any fleas, ticks, debris, dirt, and injuries, making it much easier for your pup to stay healthy. 

Caution & Considerations

  • Never use any type of shampoo made for people, they contain chemicals that can harm your dog.
  • Be sure to thoroughly rinse the shampoo out of his fur to avoid possible skin damage or allergies.
  • Unless your vet can give you a medical reason, you should never shave your double-coated dog bare, it can lead to sunburn, allergies, dry skin, and other skin conditions.
  • There are a number of canine detanglers you can use to help make brushing your pup's coat a little easier.
  • During his twice-annual coat "blow out" you may want to brush your dog's hair daily to keep the amount of hair floating around your home to a minimum. 
  • Take your time, be gentle and your pup will actually look forward to his weekly grooming sessions.
  • You do not need to bathe your dog every week, be sure to ask your vet how often you should be bathing your dog. Overbathing can also cause a number of skin conditions. 


Grooming a dog with a double coat is more challenging than one with a single coat, but the results are the same: a happy, healthy, and good-looking dog. Learning how to do so is quite easy, the only hard part is getting your pup to cooperate. But if you take your time and use a few of his favorite treats along the way, it can be a great way for the two of you to bond. 

Success Stories and Grooming Questions

Grooming Questions & Answers

Rough Collie
1 Year
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Rough Collie
1 Year

I took athena to a groomer yesterday and she came home completely shaved. I am livid! What can I do to help her as her coat grows back out?

Darlene Stott
Darlene Stott
Dog Trainer and Groomer
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I am sorry to hear this about Athena. If you live in a warm climate, take extra care of her when in the sun as her skin is now unprotected. The same goes for cool weather - keep her warm with a sweater or light jacket if necessary. It may be wise to see the vet and discuss supplements that can help her coat grow back in healthy and smooth, although it may not be the same. I don't have a lot of experience with this but I feel that having her skin assessed by the vet will be a good idea too, just to ensure that issues do not arise as a result of the shaving. Good luck with little Athena and I hope this helps.

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