Question: How often should you wash a double coated dog?

A thorough bath is a necessary part of any grooming session. In general, you should bathe a double coated dog every one to 12 weeks, depending on your dog’s tolerance for grooming and skin condition as well as the season.

How do you wash a double coated dog?


  1. Thoroughly wet the dog all over except for the head.
  2. Use a quality, regular, all-purpose shampoo and massage the lather thoroughly into all parts of the body, especially dense areas of hair.
  3. Rinse thoroughly.
  4. Now wash the dog’s head with tear-free shampoo.
  5. Rinse whole dog thoroughly.

How often should you brush a double coat?

We recommend visiting The Pet Retreat every 6 – 8 weeks with a double coated dog. In the meantime you’ll also need to maintain a strict home grooming regime to keep your dog’s hair mat free and healthy. To prevent matts and tangles, you should try to brush your dog at least two or three times a week.

Can you over brush a double coated dog?

DON’T Brush Hard During Double Coat Maintenance

It’s always important to be gentle with your dog during any sort of at-home grooming, but especially with brushing. Brushing too hard won’t do anything except hurt your dog’s skin.

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Should you trim double coated dogs?

No, Brush or Trim Instead

Many articles insist shaving your dog’s thick double coat reduces insulation (i.e. trap less cool air within fur) during warm temperatures, increasing the chances of becoming heat intolerant, which can cause heat stroke.

What do groomers wash dogs with?

Shampoo. Dog groomers always use shampoo especially formulated for dogs, including those specifically designed to remove odors from the hair and skin. These shampoos go the extra step to eliminate odors with various odor-killing ingredients, while other shampoos simply shield odors for a limited period of time.

Why should you not cut a double coated dog?

Shaving a double-coated dog can actually make it harder for him to cool off. Coats shouldn’t be cut to less than one inch to protect from sunburn and bug bites. Regular brushing improves air circulation and cooling.

Do double coated dogs need conditioner?

The thick and fluffy breeds, and those with double coats, have a lot of coat to take care of, so they typically require frequent grooming with shampoo products that are able to penetrate easily through all that hair or fur, but still rinse well.

Is it better to brush a dog wet or dry?

It is recommended that you brush your dog when their coat is dry. Wet hair can make mats worse and more difficult to remove. If you want to brush your dog’s hair following a bath, let their coat dry prior to brushing.

Do double coated dogs get hot?

There are muscles in the dog’s skin that help raise guard hairs (the harsher outer coat of a double-coated breed,) and allow for the heat to dissipate off the dog’s skin. When that hair is removed it changes the way air flows over the dog’s skin. This is how shaving a double-coated dog can make a dog hotter.

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Is my dog Single or double coated?

When a dog has a double coat, it means he has an undercoat that is typically shorter than his outer coat, and his hair has a dense, woolly texture. And as the name suggests, single coated dogs have only one coat, without this undercoat. Dogs of any coat length and texture may have single or double coats.