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WINTER COAT CARE: GROOMING TIPS

WINTER COAT CARE: GROOMING TIPS

Keeping Your Dog Fluffy, Warm and Huggable!

As we bid farewell to long summer days and head into the depths of the colder months, ill share some advice as to help you keep your dogs' coats in top condition.
 
Long and short, all of them need consideration. But for those with coats that grow longer it can be challenging to find that perfect length to get to the other side of winter.

Marley sporting a Teddy Bear Clip
Photo: Oasis Dog Grooming
As the cooler nights start creeping up on us, many pet owners become concerned about just how they are going to keep their furry friends warm and cosy. Most dogs that require clipping have been sporting a short, easy-to-manage style for the best part of summer. 
 
It's quick drying, no tangles and knots and Fido has felt fabulous. 
 
But as the days become shorter and the temperatures start to drop, one common request groomers often hear is, "keep him long, as he will get cold." 
Indeed, longer coats can help keep dogs warm, fluffy, and adorable. 
 
And who doesn’t love a longer teddy bear clip?
 
Achieving and maintaining this look, however, requires effort from both the owner and the groomer.

Different Lengths, Different Needs
 
All dogs, regardless of coat length, need grooming attention in winter. Every dog is different too which can change the needs of your dog. 
 

Straighter Oodle coats may tolerate longer periods in between grooming before tangles start appear. Some dogs may have oilier skin and coats, so they will need more regular grooming and bathing. 
 
However, for longer-coated breeds who require clipping, finding that perfect length to get through winter can be challenging. Regular grooming appointments can help manage this.

Regular Grooming Routines


During grooming appointments, your groomer can help you decide on the best length for your dog's coat based on their breed, lifestyle, and the severity of winter weather in your area. 

Some owners prefer to keep their dog's coat longer for added warmth, while others opt for a shorter trim for easier maintenance.
A great groomer can help you achieve and maintain your dog's coat be it long and fluffy coat or mid length to short. Regular grooming visits, typically every 4-6 weeks, are essential for the longer coats.
 
During these visits, your groomer will trim the coat to your preferred length and provide tips for at home maintenance.

A dog that is groomed regularly and has a well maintained coat will be able to undergo a clip with your groomer using a comb attachment. The comb attachments allow for varying lengths to be achieved.
 
Although there are 8 in total for a groomer to choose from, here are some popular length choices that can easily be maintained with regular home care and a grooming routine. 
 
Wahl Colour Clipper Comb Attachments
These combs are also colour coded for easy reference.
 
Popular lengths:
Three - Blue: 10mm or 3/8 of an inch.
Four - Orange: 13mm or 1/2 an inch.
Five - Yellow: 16mm or 5/8 of an inch.

Be mindful as the longer the length you go the more care you will be required to put into your dogs coat!

Don’t forget that regular grooming not only keeps your dog looking great but also helps maintain their overall health.
 
Removing loose fur, dirt, and debris from the coat can prevent skin issues and matting. For long-haired breeds, daily brushing is recommended to prevent matting and tangles.

Bathing and Grooming Tips for at home in between groom
 
Proper bathing and grooming are essential for maintaining your dog's coat health, as is the use of a quality hydrating dog shampoo and conditioner that nourishes the skin and coat which also assists to prevent dryness and irritation. 

A great conditioner will also make brushing and detangling much easier. This is a process that you can easily achieve at home or you can have in between baths at your regular groomer. You will enjoy having a fresh and clean dog that everyone loves to cuddle. And your dog will LOVE the extra attention.

Combing and brushing also plays a very big part in keeping your dogs coat free from debris and matts. And you have to do it right!

Many times a client would come in and tell us how great they had been with brushing their dog only for us to find matting. Resulting in a much shorter than preferred coat length. 
 
Brushing can often only deal with top of the coat. Missing all that pesky undercoat!

Combing is ideal and gets right to the skin. So we always suggest you brush then comb and comb again. Quality medium coarse combs are a perfect addition to your grooming kit.


Dog Winter Fashion Considerations

Dog clothing can be a great option for keeping your pup warm and stylish. And there certainly is a huge array of styles to shop for.

However, for longer-coated dogs, clothing can become problematic if grooming is neglected. Coats can hide matting, rub against the fur, and contribute to further matting, irritation and skin rashes and inflammation.

If you choose to dress your dog in winter clothing, ensure the garments fit properly and do not restrict movement. Check your dog regularly for knots and tangles, and always comb and brush after removing coats to prevent matting.

Shedding Control for Longer Coats

Shedding can be a significant concern for many dog owners.
While some dogs shed their fur all year round, others, such as double-coated breeds will often "blow" their coats, leading to tumbleweeds of fur rolling across the floorboards with the slightest breeze! (I can see you nodding your head.)

To manage shedding, it's important to regularly brush and comb your dog's coat. For long-haired breeds, using a slicker brush, undercoat rake, or a de-shedding tool in conjunction with a comb can effectively remove loose fur. This not only reduces shedding but also helps prevent matting and tangles.

Diet can also play a significant role in the shedding cycle. A balanced diet rich in essential nutrients helps maintain your dog's coat health, reducing excessive shedding. 
Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish oil supplements, can also improve coat condition and assist to reduce shedding.

By incorporating these shedding control measures into your grooming routine, you can help reduce the amount of fur your dog sheds throughout the house, making clean-up much more manageable.

As a groomer, I also advise that maintaining your dog's long coat during winter is very achievable and requires a combination of regular grooming, proper bathing techniques, and shedding control. By following these tips, you can keep your furry friend warm, fluffy, and huggable all season long.

Remember, your groomer is your partner in keeping your dog's coat healthy and beautiful. 
 
Regular grooming appointments, along with at home maintenance with quality products, are key to ensuring your dog's coat remains luscious and manageable throughout the winter months.
 
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Tackle matts and tangles with ease using the U Groom Stainless Steel Pet Grooming Comb!

This professional-grade comb boasts several benefits for keeping your furry friend's coat healthy and tangle-free:

  • Durable Stainless Steel Teeth: Built to last, these teeth effectively remove matts and tangles without damaging fur.
  • Glides Through Coats: Smoothly detangles long fur, ears, and tails.
  • Coarse & Fine Teeth: Provides versatility for different coat types and matted areas.
  • Perfect for Home Grooming: Maintain your pet's coat in between salon visits.
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