This is a guest post written by Amanda Aaron from Providence Pomskies. Amanda also works as a groomer.
This blog will be going over grooming of the double coated dog.
Bathing is an important part of the grooming process. How often your dog should have a bath depends on several factors, including what type of coat he has, how much time he spends outside, and simply how dirty he gets. Really, it will be up to you to decide when to bathe your dog. Some dogs need a bath every two or three weeks, while other dogs can wait up to six weeks. And even a dog that can normally wait six weeks for a bath should get a good scrub after two weeks if he’s especially dirty for some reason.
Gather together a mild dog shampoo and cotton balls. Place your dog in the tub and saturate him with warm water (placing a cotton ball in each ear should keep the water out), making sure to wet him right down to the skin. A spray attachment may be helpful at this time, to make sure you wet every area of his body. Apply some shampoo, and start scrubbing, working the shampoo into a nice lather. When cleaning the face and be careful not to get soap into his eyes. Then rinse his entire body thoroughly with warm water, being sure to get rid of every last bit of soap. If you’d like, you can follow this with a conditioner.
Once your dog is finished with his bath, towel dry him as best as possible. In the grooming shop we use a blow dryer that we refer to as a “force velocity dryer”. These do not produce any heat and are highly effective for blowing
out the undercoat on the double coated dogs. At home, you can use a blow dryer on the cool setting while combing out with a wide tooth comb or a slicker brush.
Once your dog is completely dry you will want to use a fine tooth comb- getting in to the skin- to pull the remainder of the undercoat out. You’ll have aggravated the coat by scrubbing in the tub and all of the combing so it is completely normal to see a light amount of shedding afterward but you will see it taper off in a day or so.
I highly recommend grinding their nails down versus clipping. By clipping the nails you risk clipping into the nail quick (the blood vessel) and this can be painful for your pup. By grinding you can take length off of the nail and working around that quick and making the nail much smoother.
This is completely optional but for most double coated dogs I will shave out the hair in the paw pads. This is extremely helpful when your pup is outside and prevents them from bringing unwanted things into your home. Lastly, I will take a mild ear cleaner and swab out the inside of the ear to get any waxy substance out.