Homemade Grooming for Golden Retrievers

Roberto Manzotti

Golden Retriever's do require basic grooming. Golden retrievers are generally a double coated breed. The Golden Retriever is known as a shedder 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. The Golden also has longer fur, called feathering, on some areas of the body, particularly the neck, back of the legs, underbody, and tail. retriever coat

The Golden retriever’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. 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.

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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. 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. You need to clean your Golden retriever’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.

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