How to Groom a Shedding Dog

15 - 30 Minutes
1 Week


Grooming your shedding dog is one of the best possible things you can do to not only help him look his best at all times. It is also the best way to keep his shedding under control, especially during the two times of the year when he is shedding. Shedding can be more than just annoying, it can lead to incredible messes in your house on your furniture, all over the carpets, and anywhere you can imagine. No matter how much you groom a shedding dog, you are going to have some hair around the house, but you can at least help control it by grooming your pup regularly. 

Dog's Perspective

Some dogs like to be groomed on a regular basis, some do not. In most cases, this is simply because the dog has not been properly introduced to the tools used for grooming and he is more than just a little nervous about them. This is where you come in; it is your job to take things very slowly at first so that your pup gets used to being groomed on a regular basis. Not only will this help him to stay looking his best, it gives you a chance to check him over for fleas, ticks, mats, tangles, and injuries. 

Caution & Considerations

  • Most dogs that shed do not require regular bathing, your pup should only be bathed if he has gotten muddy, excessively dirty, or has been swimming in dirty water.
  • Use tools that are specifically made for use on long-haired dogs as they will not damage the shorter guard hairs.
  • Take your time and use treats as needed to help keep your pup nice and calm throughout the grooming process.
  • Never cut your pup's hair super-short or shave him down to the skin unless your vet tells you it is medically necessary. This can lead to dry skin, sunburn, and many other complications.
  • Always opt to spend more on top quality shears and clippers, they will provide a better cut and last longer than cheap alternatives.
  • Any shears you buy to trim your dog's coat must not have pointy tips, they can cause serious injury to your pup. Be sure to use only those with rounded tips or safety shears.
  • Be sure to only use shampoos, conditioners, and detanglers designed for dogs. Those made for humans contain chemicals that can harm your dog. 


While grooming a shedding dog can be challenging, it is only a matter of practice to master this skill. Your pup will learn to appreciate the attention and his good looks, and it will give the two of you more time to bond. It will also save you a small fortune in professional grooming fees and vacuum cleaners!

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