Fuzzy dogs are some of the biggest cuddlebugs out there. Their fluffy appearance makes them incredibly appealing to a lot of pet owners. After all, who doesn’t love the idea of being able to snuggle up with an Australian Shepherd, or a gorgeous Pomeranian?
Unfortunately, as gorgeous as fuzzy dogs might be, they can also be extremely difficult to keep well-groomed. The more fluff your pup has, the more you need to keep clean. You might even need to commit to regular trips to the dog grooming salon to keep everything trim and tidy.
If you’re struggling with the less glamorous parts of owning a fluffy dog – don’t panic. We’ve got some top tips on how to make sure you make the most of the grooming process.
The Realities of Grooming a Fluffy Dog
A fluffy dog or fuzzy dog is any pup with a large amount of fur. We’re talking Border Collies, Siberian Huskies, Chow Chows, and Alaskan Malamutes. While all of these dogs are adorable, they also come with a heck of a lot of fur to keep track of.
The more fur your pup has, the more potential challenges you’ll have to face. First and foremost, you’re going to have a nightmare looking after a fuzzy dog if you have allergies, as they’re more likely to leave little gifts of fluff all over your home. This also means you’ll need to invest in a pretty good vacuum cleaner if you want to keep things tidy.
Similarly, owning a fluffy dog means you need to commit to a lot of work to keep that fuzzy coat in good conditions. Most fluffy dogs have a double coat, which means double the work when it comes to brushing and bathing.
What to Know About Grooming Fuzzy Dogs
The easiest way to keep on top of grooming a fuzzy dog, is making a schedule. You’ll need to bathe your dog’s coat around once every 2-3 months (sometimes more if your dog gets messy). You’ll also need to brush your dog’s coat at least a few times a week. When it comes to getting rid of extra fluff with clippers, we recommend making an appointment with a groomer.
To figure out exactly how you’re going to need to groom your dog, you’ll need to do some research into the breed. The strategy you’ll use to groom a Chow Chow won’t necessarily be the same as the one you’ll use for a husky. Look up the dog breed to get more specific guidance or talk to your breeder. A good groomer can give you some advice too. Some other points to keep in mind include:
- Start brushing early: Brushing your dog is going to be a big part of his or her grooming routine. The quicker you can get your pup used to the brush, the better. Entice them to stay still during brushings by offering them a high-value reward at the end of every session.
- Detangle before bathing: Remember if you’re going to be bathing your pup, you’re going to need to detangle and brush their fur before you start washing. Adding water to the mix when your fuzzy dog already has matts and knots will only make matters worse.
- Consider regular trims: If your dog tends to overheat in the summer, or you have a hard time dealing with excessive amounts of knots, then you might need to consider trimming your dog’s coat to a more manageable level.
How to Groom your Fuzzy Dog: What You Need
As mentioned above, the exact requirements of your fluffy dog will depend on their breed. For instance, if your pup has a double coat, they may need brushing once every day. Other dogs with longer hair but no double coat may only need brushing every few days. Here are some of the tools you’ll need for every fuzzy dog:
- Shampoo and conditioner: Look for a shampoo and conditioner specifically suited to your pup’s fur type. You can find plenty of shampoos out there intended for dogs with long coats. These will often help to cut through grease at a deeper level and keep your dog’s long fur as hydrated as possible from root to tip.
- An outside bath: If your dog is particularly fluffy and large, you might find it easier to bathe him outside. You can invest in a child’s pool or something similar for this purpose. Of course, you might have to simply cover the bathroom in towels if you’re going to be bathing your dog during winter – you don’t want them to get cold.
- A good towel and drying bag: An excellent towel is a must-have for a fuzzy dog. Make sure you have something extremely absorbent you can use to pat your fluffy friend dry before you pull out the hair dryer. You may need several towels depending on the size of your dog, and a drying bag is always a good idea if your dog might get wet when outside.
- A range of brushes: While most dogs can get by with a simple brush and comb, your fuzzy haired pup might need a range of grooming utensils. Slicker brushes are great for the upper layer of fur, while pin combs and undercoat rakes might be better-suited to lower down. You’ll also need a matt splitter to help you get rid of any knots you can’t remove with your fingers and patience alone.
- Electric clippers and a pair of scissors: A pair of scissors might be your only option if you’re struggling with a knot, you can’t remove but makes sure you don’t take any risks when cutting your pup’s fur. A squirming dog can easily lead to a cut. You can also use clippers to trim your dog’s coat if you feel confident doing so. However, it’s easy to slip and cut your dog’s skin if you’re not careful. When in doubt, visit a groomer.
Good Luck Grooming your Fuzzy Dog
Fuzzy and fluffy dogs are extremely appealing to a wide range of dog owners and families, but it’s important to remember you’re taking on extra challenges with that big coat. Start practicing your grooming schedule as early as you can and remember to be cautious and patient with your dog.
Whether you’re bathing your pup or introducing them to a brush, it’s important to take your time, and make sure the experience is a pleasant one. If you’re struggling with your fluffy dog, you can always consider speaking to a professional groomer.