Top Tips And Tricks. These fluffy puppies need quite a lot of coat care, but it might not be as hard work as you expect.
To work out how to groom a Golden Retriever quickly, easily and effectively you just need a few tools and a bit of information. Grooming will help you keep on top of the heavy shedding known in all Golden Retrievers. It will also keep their fur from matting and knotting, which can be painful for our dogs. Sharing your life with a Golden can bring you countless hours of joy, but will you also be spending countless hours grooming your dog’s coat?
The Golden Retriever is known as a shedder, and regular grooming is required. But there’s no need to spend tons of money at the dog grooming salon. You also don’t have to be intimidated by the idea of grooming your Golden at home yourself.
Golden Retriever coat
When considering this brilliant breed, one of the first questions that springs to mind is inevitably how to groom a Golden Retriever. The Golden Retriever has a coat that’s striking to look at, but what is it about a Golden’s fur that makes it prone to shedding and in need of regular brushing?
The Golden has a medium length double coat. The top coat is dense and water repellant, and the undercoat is soft and thick. Goldens, like other animals with undercoats, go through seasonal shedding, often called “blowing the coat.” This means that the undercoat will grow thick in cold weather and shed in warm weather. The Golden also has longer fur, called feathering, on some areas of the body, particularly the neck, back of the legs, underbody, and tail.
But all this fur doesn’t mean you are going to need to rush off to the grooming salon every five minutes.
How to groom a Golden Retriever at home
Let’s talk about how to groom a Golden Retriever with different kinds of brushes (and combs), and how trim the fur with scissors and thinning shears. Should you use an undercoat rake on your Golden? We’ll look at the pros and cons of this popular grooming tool.
One hard and fast rule shared by all professional groomers and breeders of this beautiful breed is to never shave your Golden. Your dog needs that double coat year-round, so keep it trimmed but not shaved.
Plan on a once weekly brushing session at minimum. Many Goldens will require more frequent grooming. Outdoor grooming can reduce the amount of loose fur in the house.
Benefits of Grooming
You can also use this grooming time to check your dog’s skin and body for hot spots or lumps. And of course, to bond with your pup! Make sure your Golden’s grooming routine includes regular nail trimming, tooth brushing, and ear cleaning. Our handling page has great advice on how to make this a pleasant and enjoyable expereince for both you and your dog.
When you’re learning how to groom a Golden Retriever, the right tools are important. What is the best brush for Golden Retriever dogs? What other grooming tools do you need besides a brush?
Let’s look at each tool in more detail.
Golden Retriever brush
Most experienced Golden groomers like using a slicker brush. A slicker brush has a wide surface covered in pins. It’s also called a pin brush. Sometimes the pins are bare, and sometimes they have rubber tips. Slicker brushes are a great choice for working through the mats of loose hair in medium to long coated dogs like the Golden.
Bristle brushes are better suited to dogs with shorter coats, but can still be used on Goldens in addition to the slicker brush, if you like.
If you’re learning how to groom a Golden Retriever at home, you’ll need a slicker brush.
Here are a few top pics for the best brush for Golden Retriever dogs.
This popular slicker brush has gentle bristles and is perfect for Goldens.
This popular slicker brush comes in a larger size for Golden Retrievers. It also has a button you press to release the fur for easy cleaning.
Golden Retriever comb
When learning how to groom a Golden Retriever at home, you’ll also want a comb. Choose a good quality steel comb for your grooming kit. Combs are great for putting the finishing touches on your Golden after brushing and trimming. You may have heard of something called a Greyhound comb or Greyhound-style comb. Greyhound is a brand preferred by many professional groomers, but you can shop for less expensive steel combs as well.
Andis Pet Steel Grooming Comb is a good choice.
Golden Retriever scissors and thinning shears
Learning how to groom a Golden Retriever doesn’t just include brushing them. Your grooming kit should also contain a pair of scissors and a pair of thinning shears. Scissors are good for detail work around small areas like the ears and feet. Thinning shears are scissors with notches cut out of the blade, perfect for removing bulk from areas like the ruff, and softening edges.
Best brush for Golden Retriever shedding
Should you use a shedding tool like an undercoat rake, stripping knife, or shedding blade when your Golden Retriever is dropping a lot of fur during peak shedding season? While some home groomers do like to use these tools to cope with seasonal shedding, many professional dog groomers who work with Goldens advise owners to use heavy-duty shedding devices only with extreme caution. Regular use of your thinning shears, and especially your slicker brush, can do the job of a more powerful bladed tool. And you won’t run the risk of damaging your Golden Retriever’s beautiful coat.
Here are some good brushes for shedding.
This brand is popular with Golden owners. The smooth tipped pins are long enough to get through all the fur and they are made of quality stainless steel.
Golden Retriever Grooming
Grooming your Golden can be a pleasurable bonding experience for both you and your dog! With the right tools and a little bit of practice, any Golden owner can give their dog a pro-quality grooming at home. Regular brushings will keep your Golden Retriever’s double coat mat-free and in top condition…in shedding season and all year long.
Look for good quality slicker brushes, steel combs, scissors, and thinning shears. Most Golden experts do not recommend heavy duty shedding tools. Your Golden Retriever’s coat will not need a full haircut, and remember to never shave your dog, even in summer.
Golden Retriever trimming is normally just done on the ears, feet, neck, and tail.
The goal of good grooming is to neaten your Golden’s long feathery fur, but not to drastically change the overall appearance.
Many Golden Retriever breeders and professional dog groomers maintain helpful websites and YouTube channels with lots of great grooming advice and how-tos…perfect for novice Golden owners!
“Retriever (Golden).” The Kennel Club.
“Grooming Your Golden.” Golden Retriever Club of America.
“Grooming.” Golden Retriever Club of Victoria.
Briggs, C. “Pro Groomer – Golden Retriever Grooming Guide.” thedogworldtv You Tube channel.
“Grooming a Golden Retriever Short but not Shaved.” Pet Grooming: The Good, The Bad, & The Furry.
Grooming a Golden Retriever puppy
Are there are special grooming tips for Golden Retriever puppies?
How to groom a Golden Retriever puppy is similar to how to groom a Golden Retriever adult – but with more of a focus on getting your pup familiar with the process.
Get your puppy used to being dried with a blow dryer after baths. It’s also a good idea to handle the paws so your puppy becomes comfortable with nail cutting and fur trimming on the feet. Young puppies shouldn’t need any trimming, but you can brush that soft puppy fluff from an early age to get them used to regular brushings.
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