Do Labradors need to be groomed?
Apparently they do. Who knew?! I’d always assumed that because my dogs had manageable coats that didn’t need trimming or that didn’t mat up, that I got to skip the groomer.
Every dog benefits from regular professional grooming. We visited Happy Dog Grooming in Mt. Airy, MD to learn a little bit more about dog grooming and why it’s so important.
We’re guilty of letting our dogs’ nails get so long that they tap, tap, tap on the floor. After hearing why this is so bad for the dog, we’ve resolved to go to the groomer weekly for nail trims until our guys’ nails are back in (short!) shape!
One of the things that surprised me about the grooming salon was how homey it felt. And that the dogs each had their own room (with a couch or chair — totally ok for the dog to get up on!) to reduce the stress on the dogs. These folks know how to do low-stress grooming! It’s not about sheer volume — dogs in, dogs out. It’s about ensuring the dog has as good a time grooming as possible. They go slowly if they need to, to help a dog get accustomed to the grooming table, shampoo tub, or dryers.
If you’re not in the local area, you can take all the information from the video (especially about the dander in your dog’s coat, as well as the nail information) to find a good, low-stress groomer in your area!
Here’s to a happy, clean, and good-smelling dog!