Grooming is a good thing and it is recommended that you take your dog in to see a groomer every 4 to 8 weeks. That said, there are times when grooming can be considered a bad thing.
With professional groomers, it can be bad if you haven’t researched the groomer in advance, as no special certificates are required to start a business – so make sure to check them out first.
With home grooming, you’ve got a bad scenario if an owner grooms their dog without researching the breed first.
For example, if you shave a Siberian Huskie to cool the ‘winter dog’ down in the summer, you mean well but you could do them damage – their shaved undercoat might grow in faster than their overcoat after this! Done properly, grooming keeps your dog looking good and pest free, so make sure that the job will get done properly!
For the remainder of this article, we’re going to answer questions about dog grooming such as which dogs should not be shaved, is grooming stressful, and why some dogs act weird after grooming.
We’ve collected a list of these and other important questions and you’ll find the answers that you need in the sections below!
Table of Contents
- Is grooming stressful for dogs?
- What happens if you don’t groom your pet?
- What dogs should you not shave if you are considering home grooming?
- Do dogs hate the groomer?
- Why is my dog so sad after grooming?
- Why do dogs act weird after being groomed?
- What happens if I never cut my dogs hair or take them to a groomer?
- Is it OK to shave my dog bald instead of visiting a groomer?
- Is it neglect to not bathe a dog when grooming at home?
- Why do dog groomers shave the belly?
Is grooming stressful for dogs?
Yes, grooming can be quite stressful to dogs. If they are frightened, that bath can cause them to vomit, massages from the groomer sometimes find sore spots, and brushing at tangled, matted fur is not a walk in the park for dogs either.
This is where a gentle touch and encouraging words from the groomer can help. Remember, it’s hard for the dogs, but a good groomer can walk them through it with a little care.
What happens if you don’t groom your pet?
If you don’t groom your dog, what happens is that you get a build-up of dirt and dead skin, which eventually encourages bacteria, skin irritation, and can even attract parasites. Dogs should be groomed once every 4 to 8 weeks, and owners should brush their dogs at home at least 2 to 3 times a week.
This help to loosen up that dead skin, but you also need to tackle the dirt, so add in a bath every 2 to 4 weeks and you’ve got at least a minimum grooming regiment in place to help protect your dog.
What dogs should you not shave if you are considering home grooming?
Dogs that shed large amounts of their fur yearly should not be shaved. Nature has already put the perfect self-maintenance cycles in place, and shaving these dogs can actually damage their coats. Examples include Siberian Huskies, Golden Retrievers, and German Shepherds.
Shaving a dog in the summer to cool them down is not always the best idea – it can expose them to too much sun and remnants of the undercoat can prefer cool air from getting to your dog’s skin. Check in advance before shaving your dog or take them in to at least one groomer appointment to learn what’s okay.
Do dogs hate the groomer?
Yes, some dogs do hate groomers, and many dogs are simply afraid of them. This is where groomers can excel sometimes, if they can charm or at least calm the dog, but often it is required to restrain these animals in order to safely groom them.
If you are not a groomer, but an owner, if your dog has a bad temperament where grooming is concerned, it is best if you accompany your dog through their grooming session to calm them and to help introduce them to their new groomer to avoid problems in the future.
Why is my dog so sad after grooming?
Some dogs are frightened of the grooming process, and this is one common reason why your dog seems sad or a little dazed after a grooming session. From their perspective, a stranger has gotten them wet, coated them in strange-smelling substances, dried them, and brushed (possibly painfully) at tangled bits of fur.
They also may simply feel strange after the grooming, like you might if someone shaved your head and you could feel the breeze. Try bringing lots of treats with you and spending one or two sessions with the groomer while they work.
A little positive reinforcement can go a long way in helping to change your dog’s attitude about grooming time.
Why do dogs act weird after being groomed?
After a grooming session, matted fur is gone, and pests that that were previously present have been removed, and this can be odd for a dog if they aren’t used to grooming sessions in the first place. The removal of matted fur also lets a dog bite or scratch at an area that they couldn’t effectively reach before.
This can result in a lot of biting and scratching that may alarm an owner if they don’t understand that the dog is just taking advantage of the ‘improved access’ they now have to these areas.
Finally, dog’s notice your reaction, so if your behavior changes when you see their new haircut, your dog might notice and feel embarrassed! Try not to overreact, like you would with a kid and their first haircut, to help minimize the chances of your dog feeling awkward.
If you never give your dog a trim, how fast you see an impact will vary based on the hair length of the breed, but the eventuality is always the same. Dirt builds up, as well as dander, and the fur can go from ‘unkempt’ to ‘matted’ fairly quickly.
Skin infections become a risk with the build-up of bacteria and your dog can suffer from reduced circulation in the skin. Grooming your dog is important – it keeps their coat manageable and clean – so don’t neglect your duty to your furry best friend.
Is it OK to shave my dog bald instead of visiting a groomer?
No. While you might think that a close shave is a great thing for the summer, you’ll want to think again. Your dog’s coat helps to protect them from the sun and certain cancers.
It can also damage the undercoat, with a close-shave causing it to regrow back faster than the secondary coat, and then you’ve definitely got a problem. Sometimes summer shaving is okay, but it really depends on the breed, and you should never shave a dog completely bald – everyone knows that Nature never intended that!
Is it neglect to not bathe a dog when grooming at home?
Regular bathing is a must. Just like humans can attract bacteria from not bathing, so can your dog. Dander and dirt build up in their coats, matting occurs, and then your dog is a risk for skin infections and worse!
When grooming at home, don’t skip the bath and go straight to trimming – bathe your dog first, dry their coat well, and then brush it out before you even look at those scissors. This will make sure your dog is clean and their fur is carefully brushed out before you start.
Why do dog groomers shave the belly?
During a grooming session you might notice that your groomer shaves your dog’s belly. This is called a ‘sanitary cut’ and it involves shaving around the belly and your dog’s rear end. This helps these areas to stay more sanitary and that is why the groomer does this to your dog.