Many factors play into how often you should bring your dog in for grooming:
- What type of coat do they have?
- How well am I able to maintain it at home?
- Do I know how to brush my dog's coat the CORRECT way?
- Do I wash my dog at home?
- Does my dog spend more time inside or out?
- How is my dog the most comfortable?
Dogs like labs, beagles, dobermans, and greyhounds have "easy" coats and you very well may be able to take care of them yourself. They still require regular grooming and brushing, but are able to go longer periods of time between groomings. We usually recommend 8-12 weeks, or until you just can't stand the doggie smell any longer.
Some breeds such as German shepherds, golden retrievers, huskies, and akitas don't need hair cuts, but have MUCH thicker coats and require more grooming. If they are not properly brushed and groomed on a regular basis can hold their undercoat causing their top coat lay incorrectly making them hot and uncomfortable and can also cause matting. You'd be amazed to see how much hair we can pull out of similar breeds and how you can see it completely change the way their coat looks. We recommend grooming every 6-12 weeks for these breeds.
Bichon frises, poodles, cocker spaniels, shih tzus, and labradoodles fall into the "high maintenience" catagory. These are breeds who have hair that needs to be cut on a regular basis and also can matt very easily. Proper brushing at home is helpful but bathing is actually counteractive if not brushed properly beforehand. Based on the length of the coat and how much you are able to care for it, we recommend grooming every 4-6 weeks.
Keep in mind that every dog and every case is different. What works for your shih tzu may not work for someone else and your German shepherd who plays in the lake may need a bath more often than your neighbors indoor greyhound. Even within the same breed a dog's grooming needs can vary greatly.
Please remember that everything on this page is an estimate and we assess each dog on a case by case basis.