How to Groom a Medium Haired Dog

Easy
15 - 30 Minutes
1 Week

Introduction

Is your pup's coat getting a bit on the shaggy side? Fed up with paying too much at the groomer's just to have them trim so little off you can't even tell they cut any at all? Fortunately, if she has one of those low maintenance, medium coats she'll only need to be brushed once a week and fully groomed once a month. Getting Fluffy to agree to being groomed at home is not going to be as hard as you think; it takes patience, perseverance, and a healthy supply of her favorite treats. 

Dog's Perspective

Most dogs tend to keep themselves groomed with tongue, teeth, and claws. They think they are doing a great job and don't mind the doggy odor. Your task, should you accept the responsibility, is to teach your dog that being fully groomed is a wonderful thing and to enjoy the process. 

Caution & Considerations

  • Never use human products such as shampoos, conditioners, and toothpaste on your pup as they may contain ingredients known to be toxic to dogs.
  • Shears and clipper blades must be kept sharp or may injure your dog by pulling hair.
  • Oil the clipper blades to keep them cooled down, the heat can burn the skin.
  • Give your dog plenty of time to get used to the tools, even turn on the clippers so she can hear them run before you use them.
  • Use plenty of treats to reward along the way.
  • Always brush in the direction hair grows, this helps to reduce tangles, spread natural oils more thoroughly throughout the coat, and help hair to lie flat. 
  • Take your time and make it fun for both of you.

Conclusion

Grooming a medium haired dog is relatively simple. You should give a good brushing once a week and go all out on the fourth week by giving Fluffy the full spa treatment. Keep in mind you should be brushing her teeth daily, but at the very least do so every time you give her a bath. 

Success Stories and Grooming Questions

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