Grooming Your Golden Retriever
Golden Retriever's do require basic grooming. Goldens are a double coated breed. They shed, but
some basic maintenance will significantly reduce the amount of hair you find
throughout the house. The Golden Retriever's double coat is
designed to protect them during any season. Throughout the winter, the
undercoat grows to protect them from the cold. As the weather warms, the
undercoat sheds as the Golden no longer needs it. Regular brushing with a
quality bristle brush, along with regular use of an
undercoat rake will
significantly reduce shedding, which will make you and your Golden very happy.
Golden Retriever's require regular bathing.
Yes, you can bath your Golden as often as you like without worrying about
damaging the coat or skin. Use of a good quality
shampoo is key to keeping
your Golden clean.
The Golden's nails should be clipped
regularly. Long nails are uncomfortable for the dog and for anyone they might
jump on. Long nails can also compromise the shape of your dog's foot,
causing it to splay. Check the nails and trim them regularly by carefully
snipping the tip with a pair of
dog nail clippers. If you are lucky enough
to have a dog with clear nails, you will be able to see the quick. Do not
cut to close. You should have a
styptic powder on hand in the event you do
clip the quick. This will stop the bleeding quickly. It is a good practice
to trim the nails weekly taking off small amounts each time.
NEVER shave your Golden. As mentioned
earlier, the Golden's coat is designed to protect them in any type of weather.
The only areas of hair that require grooming are on and inside the ears, the
tail and the feet.
ordinary pair of grooming shears,
trim the hair around the pads keeping it's length even with the pads. Most
Goldens also tend to grow "slippers". This hair should also be kept
trimmed. The look that you want to create is that of a cat's paw.
The ears will require some general grooming
on the inside and outside. The hair on the inside of the ear should be
kept thin with the use of thinning shears and regular grooming shears. Hair
covering the outer part of the ear and along the edges should also be kept neat. Most
Golden Retriever groomers recommend
Millers Forge Gold Line Thinning Shears. They are a little less
expensive than the professional shears, and do an incredible job. For the
best overall value in professional grooming shears we recommend the the
Styling Shears and
Thinning Shears made by Micro Surgical.
Ear cleaning is a basic requirement in
keeping your Golden healthy. Golden Retrievers have a tendency to get ear
infections if they are not cleaned regularly. Clean your Golden's ears
weekly with a
quality ear cleansing solution.
The Golden Retriever's tail should be groomed
to look like a fan. The best way is to twist the end, put your thumb just below
the end of the tail bone and trim the end near your thumb. Then, working from
the end, carefully form a fan towards the base of the tail.
Absolutely Golden carries a complete line of
Golden Retriever Grooming
If you are interested in learning how to
properly groom your Golden, we have found a website that provides excellent
information and instruction. Click the following link for instructions on
basic grooming of the feet, nails, ears and tail.
Morningsage Goldens Grooming
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