How to Groom a Moderate Maintenance Dog

15 - 30 Minutes
1 Week


When your dog's coat starts to get a little on the shaggy side, you have to decide whether you are going to take on the challenge of grooming them yourself or if you are going to take her to a professional groomer. While it might take you a while to master the skills, as long as the two of you are working together it can be fun for both of you. The good news, it won't take you long. The bad news, well... there really isn't any. Just remember to be consistent and patient. Oh, and make sure you have plenty of treats. 

Dog's Perspective

You pup does the best she can using her tongue, claws, and teeth to keep herself clean. In her mind, she's doing a great job. But, we all know that this isn't all there is to cleaning her and keeping her coat, teeth, and nails properly groomed. 

Caution & Considerations

  • You should never use any products such as shampoos, soaps, or toothpaste intended for human use on your dog. They may have chemicals in them that are known to be toxic to dogs.
  • Be sure to give your dog plenty of time to get used to all of the tools before you start, this will make things go much easier.
  • Be sure the shears and clippers have sharp blades. Dull blades will snag rip out hair, which can be very painful.
  • Keep the clipper blades well-oiled. This will help keep them from getting hot and burning the skin. 
  • You can use treats all throughout the process to reward your pup for being a good boy or girl.
  • Take your time and make the whole process fun for both of you, think of it as a great time for bonding.
  • Never try to brush out a serious mat, use shears to cut it out. If you try to pull it out with a brush, your dog is sure to let you know how much it hurts. 


In reality, grooming a moderate maintenance dog is not that much different or any harder than most other types of dog. As long as you give her a weekly dry grooming and a regular bath, the process should go smoothly. Be sure to check with your vet to see how often your dog's breed should be bathed and adjust your schedule to suit. Also, remember to brush your dog's teeth on a daily basis for optimum dental health. 

Success Stories and Grooming Questions

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