The golden retriever is a medium-large sized dog that has a double coat. They have a short, soft undercoat and a long silky overcoat. It is important that your golden retriever be groomed regularly, and because of its coat, you may wish to use the services of a professional dog groomer. Here are some grooming tips for goldens.
Basic Grooming Needs
New golden owners often ask, “How often should a golden retriever be groomed?” They should be thoroughly brushed once every one to two weeks and other grooming should be done on a regular basis. For example, retrievers can easily get ear infections if their ears are not cleaned once a week.
Goldens should be brushed and combed thoroughly two to four times per month to reduce shedding and prevent painful matting. You may wish to use a tool called the Furminator to help keep a golden’s fur looking clean and to help prevent shedding on your furniture.
Shampoo and Bathing
Bathing with a mild shampoo should not be done too often or the soft undercoat could be lost or damaged. The legs and underside of the dog can be gently hosed with plain water between baths if they get especially dirty. It may be wise to hire a professional dog groomer for this, since it can be a difficult task.
Nail Trim / Cutting
Nails must be carefully trimmed at least once per month to prevent splaying of the feet. This can cause considerable pain to a dog if it’s done incorrectly. This should be handled by a professional dog groomer or veterinary technician.
Cutting the Coat
The fur around the paw pads should be trimmed so they look cat-like. The tail is trimmed like a fan and the ears trimmed short inside and outside. The chest and below the withers may also be trimmed occasionally.