Golden retrievers are one of the most popular dog breeds in the world and were first developed as hunting dogs or gun dogs to retrieve game that had been shot down. They are double coated and have a dense undercoat or inner coat which provides them with warmth. Their outer coat is sleek, shiny, and water repellent. Most golden retrievers tend to have a coat that is somewhere between a rich cream color and shades of gold. Because of its thick coat, most owners have to groom their dog properly to avoid a dirty, mangy appearance. It is also important to do so on a regular basis to ensure that dead hair is removed and unnecessary shedding avoided.
The process also helps stimulate oil glands which ensures that the coat of the dog remains shiny and sleek. Regular brushing also ensures that instance of dander is reduced. It helps in massaging your golden retriever's muscles which is particularly important for older dogs who aren't able to exercise. Grooming also helps owners keep track of any physical deformities like lumps or bumps that may have formed on their dog's body.
The Grooming Process
Depending on the quality of their coats, you may need to change the methods that you use. It is important that you use proper tools. Use a brush that not only grooms the upper coat but also the undercoat. You need to follow a routine, even while brushing him. This helps him know what to expect.
While combing and brushing your dog, use a bristle brush on his coat twice a week and an undercoat rake for his undercoat. This will help reduce shedding of hair. Always start brushing from the front and work your way towards the back. Areas that you need to pay a lot attention to are the neck, throat region, and the area around the ears. From the neck, work your way towards the shoulders, elbows, and legs. Finally groom the belly and finish off with the tail.
It is extremely important that you bathe your dog with a good dog shampoo. Consult your vet for advise on the best dog shampoo. These dogs generally have a good coat, and skin damage is rare. It is important that you have grooming shears to groom excess hair on your dog's feet and pads. Trim their nails regularly. Not doing so can cause foot problems which you would want to avoid. Clipping their nails too close can cause bleeding so do so carefully.
Clean your dog's ears regularly. This should be done at least twice a month with a cleansing solution for the ears. Pour a few drops into your dog's ear and use a cotton swab to remove the dirt in your dog's ear. Remember to move your dog only in natural positions and not to pull, twist, or raise their legs too high as you groom them.
For any owner, proper grooming is important to avoid issues later. Without proper grooming, your dog could be susceptible to several diseases that you could otherwise avoid.