Golden Retrievers Grooming

Proper Golden Retrievers grooming of the coat takes at least three steps: bathing, brushing and combing.

Some dog owners don't have to worry too much about grooming.

Short haired breeds can use the occasional bath and toe nail trim, but the effort required to care for them is much less.

Golden Retrievers, on the other hand, require a bit more care to keep them healthy and looking good.

A Golden needs to be bathed at least every two months, approximately.

Some live in cleaner environments and may get away with slightly less often.

Some are outside rolling in the dirt at every chance and will need it as often as once per week.

If that's the case, however, a better solution would be to keep them out of the dirt!

Always use a dog shampoo, not baby shampoo or dish detergent. Commercial dog shampoos are designed with the Golden's coat and skin in mind.

They're manufactured with the proper pH and contain mild ingredients to keep them odor free.

Baby shampoo has not the proper pH and dish detergent is far too rough, disturbing the skin's oil balance.

When Golden Retrievers grooming remember they have two layers of coat, the top coat and the undercoat. Both need to be brushed correctly.

Golden Retrievers grooming of that long, thick, beautiful Golden coat is a continuing chore.

It should be done at least once per week, more often if your pet tends to get collect debris from bushes and grass.

Three instruments will help do the job with minimal fuss: a slicker, a Greyhound comb and an undercoat rake.

The slicker is used to brush the top coat, removing hair that has made its way to the surface.

Goldens shed mostly from the undercoat, but much of that hair eventually travels outward.

Firm, smooth strokes are good but take care not to get too vigorous. Avoid brush burn from forcible use of a slicker.

A Greyhound comb helps remove excess hair, both from shedding and that loosened by brushing.

It's also a great tool to use to check that your brushing has been successful. If you can comb the hair on the back, sides and chest without getting snagged then you've done a thorough brush.

'No matting is good'.

The undercoat rake gets down to the lower layer, close to the skin.

This undercoat helps keep the dog warm in winter and cool in summer, while the top coat helps protect from sun and friction from bushes.

Goldens were bred to be game fetching dogs, much of which takes place in heavy forest and brush.

The rake is used to remove loose hair from shedding. Start at the rear leg and proceed gently forward.

Lift and pull away from your body as you stroke the rake through the coat.

Nails should be trimmed as needed, generally about once per month at least. Tastes differ between the guillotine clippers and the scissor style.

Use whichever suits you best, but be careful in either case not to snip the quick. That's the tender, round vessel that delivers blood to the area.

Cutting it causes pain and profuse bleeding. Wetting the toenails near the foot will make it more visible.

If you have an accident, don't panic. Just have some styptic powder handy and daub some on the wound.

Avoid allowing the dog run or jump for at least an hour. The wounds heal quickly, but can be re-opened.

Keep up with regular 'maintenance' and your Golden Retrievers grooming will look good and feel great to the touch.

Golden Retrievers gradually became among the most popular dog breeds around. The reasons are not far to seek: they're intelligent, friendly, eager to please and beautiful to look at.

But Goldens do require a bit more care and attention than some other breeds.

Anyone considering one of these magnificent animals should think carefully.

Though it's sometimes overstated, Goldens are more prone to hip Dysplasia than many other breeds, particularly smaller ones.
This genetically influenced condition can cause pain and eventually can cripple an animal. At minimum, reduced activity and careful control of diet is required.

But Goldens love to run and eat, so keeping a check on them will take a bit more effort.

Goldens are also prone to certain skin problems. They can readily get 'hot spots' from itching due to allergic reactions, flea bites and other causes.

They also have a tendency, especially as they mature, to develop certain tumors and cancers. That opens the possibility of a shortened life, or at least increased vet bills.

Their diet needs to be carefully considered, in order to minimize itching, loose stools and other problems.

But they also are very active dogs, so providing them with the right nutrients for energy and muscle and bone development is essential.

Wheat and corn sensitivity is relatively common in Golden Retrievers who, like all dogs, are by nature meat eaters.

A diet high in meat protein is best.

Since they're so active, they'll need lots of exercise. But because they are so social, they tend not to run around on their own.

If left outside alone to play, they'll tend to simply lie down. That creates the need to interact with your Golden on a regular basis.

Fetch, running, rope tug and other games are perfect for your Golden's exercise. But those all require your participation. Be sure you have adequate time for this breed.

Whether to spay or neuter a Golden is always a tough decision.

There are valid medical reasons to consider the procedure, since it will tend to lower the odds of developing certain cancers and other health risks. But many want to breed their Golden to produce puppies.

That's a valid choice, but if one of the reasons is to make money, save that for the professionals. The effort required is far greater than you'll be compensated for from one or two litters.

Vaccinations is another area of some controversy among Golden owners, as it is with other breeds.

Most professionals agree that a series of vaccinations is best early in life. How long that should be continued, past the first two years, is a matter for ongoing debate.

Some argue that regular vaccinations represents 'playing it safe', others that shots are unnecessary and risky.

Antibodies do remain in the system for several years and the issue is still under investigation.

Regular Golden Retrievers grooming will be needed, since Goldens have a long coat that takes weekly care in order to stay healthy.

Bi-monthly bathing, weekly toenail trimming and Golden Retrievers grooming and similar maintenance activities are an ongoing chore.

Be prepared to spend time on this in order to keep a healthy and happy dog.

Socializing them with other dogs is easy, but also required for mental health and physical safety.

Introducing newcomers, both human and animal, early in life will make the process straightforward.

But it needs to be done gradually and for an extended period for best results.

It's true that Golden Retrievers grooming will require time and effort to train and care for properly.

But the rewards are immense. These beautiful, loving animals will give back tenfold all the attention they receive.

That unique Golden Retriever look as they face you smiling tells the whole story about Golden Retrievers grooming

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