As its name implies, the Golden Retriever is best known for its flowing, golden coat of thick, soft fur. It’s easy to keep the breed’s medium-length coat shiny and beautiful with regular grooming. In addition, this beautiful canine is also known for its loyal, easy-going temperament and love for the people who care for it. Since Golden Retrievers are so easy-going, and their coats are so easy to care for, grooming a golden retriever doesn’t have to be a chore but instead can be an enjoyable bonding time for you and your canine companion.
Preparing Your Golden Retriever’s Coat for Grooming
- To keep your Golden Retriever’s coat in good shape, brush it head to toe at least once a week, if not every day. This will help avoid matting and will also help decrease the amount of fur your dog sheds in your home.
What Our Expert Do: It’s important to make sure a dog is as comfortable as possible before grooming. For instance, you might spend a few minutes petting the dog and letting them explore their surroundings before you begin to brush or wash them
- Before cutting out a mat, you should try to brush it out. Hold the fur above the mat close to the dog’s skin in order to protect the dog from excessive pulling. Brush or comb the fur out gently, starting at the very tip of the mat and working your way in towards the skin.
- Lather the shampoo all over your dog’s body, rinse thoroughly and rub dry with a large towel. If you want a show-worthy coat, it may be necessary to blow dry the pup’s fur. Just remember to keep the heat low and move in the direction of the fur’s growth.
- While many Golden Retriever owners only bathe their pups when the dog is especially dirty, some choose to bathe them on a regular schedule, such as once every two months. The choice is yours.
Trimming Your Golden Retriever’s Coat
- You should not need to use clippers to trim a Golden Retriever. A pair of scissors and a pair of thinning shears should be enough to do the necessary fur trimming.
- The fur on your dog’s feet should be short, around a 1/2 inch long, and should lay down smooth against the surface of the foot.
- Also inspect the Golden Retriever’s pads while you are focusing on their feet. Apply Vaseline if you find any cracked pads and decide whether your pup needs its nails trimmed.
- The fur on the back of the legs will be longer than the fur on the front of the legs. The hair on the back of the legs should be a few inches long, flaring out a bit behind the dog, while the fur on the front will lay flat against the dog.
- The length of your dog’s fur will vary. A Golden Retriever doesn’t have a short, tight coat, but instead has some length to it. When trimming your dog’s coat, focus more on trimming fuzzy and unkempt fur, instead of trimming to a specific length.
- If you are unsure if you have removed enough hair, comb the coat out and see if the coat is lying flat. The goal is to have a nice flat coat that is balanced and symmetrical.
- As you trim, move the thinning shears with the direction of the growth.
- Using the thinning shears to trim the neck and chest will give the dog a more natural look.
Completing the Grooming of Your Golden Retriever
Cut your Golden Retriever’s toenails. This can be a delicate operation, as your dog needs to keep its feet still in order to avoid injury. Remember to take your time, use a good pair of dog nail trimmers, and avoid cutting above the quick, the live part of the nail.
- The length of your dog’s trimmed nails will vary, depending on the dog. The goal it to cut your dog’s nails below the quick but to take some length off of them. Nails that are too long can break, possibly causing infection or an irregular gait.
- Train your dog to associate good things with its feet being handled by giving it a treat whenever you trim its nails.
Apply dry shampoo to groom your Golden Retriever if you don’t want to give it a bath. Work the powder into his or her skin, and leave it on for at least 20 minutes. After the 20 minutes have elapsed, brush your dog’s fur to remove any excess powder.Apply flea and tick preventative to complete your Golden Retriever’s grooming ritual. If you are grooming your Golden Retriever monthly, then this is a great time to remember to apply flea and tick preventative. Keeping your dog’s coat free of fleas will not only help the dog’s healthy but will also keep its coat free of dander and flea dust.