Spring dog grooming for long-haired dogs
Though a fantastic insulator during the winter months and a fashionable look throughout the year, long, thick hair can become inconvenient in the summer months, leaving dogs, hot, bothered and uncomfortable.
To prevent your long haired hound from overheating this summer, start thinking about their spring grooming now. By acting early and giving your dog’s coat the care and attention it needs, you can ensure your pet is happy, healthy and comfortable throughout the year.
Though regular dog grooming is a good idea at all times of the year, it’s especially important in the spring as your dog’s coat will naturally begin to change to suit the seasons.
Giving your hound a thorough brush and trim will help to get rid of any stray hairs and leave their coat healthy, shiny and in great condition.
By grooming them now, you can give your long haired dog the time to adjust to its new, lighter coat, ensuring that when the heat of summer does roll around, your dog will be ready and raring to go.
To trim or not to trim?
As well as brushing and dog grooming, a lot of owners like to give their long haired dogs a thorough trim before the summer sets in.
However, as dogs don’t have sweat glands or a vast network of surface blood vessels like we do, they generally regulate their temperature by panting and sweating from their paws.
As a result, trimming their hair doesn’t generally help to cool them. Some breeds are also specially designed to cope in warmer temperatures, with their long hair acting as an insulator against the heat.
And though trimming your dog’s hair probably won’t do it any harm, there’s no need to shave off too much fur if keeping your pet cool is your main consideration.
Other things to consider in the summer heat
As well as grooming your dog in the spring, there are various ways you can keep them cool in the summer and ensure they stay happy and healthy throughout the warmer months.
It’s important to remember that breeds with short snouts aren’t as good at panting and regulating their temperature than those with longer noses. If you have a dog with a short nose, keep an extra eye on them when the mercury begins to rise and if you notice any signs of heatstroke, take them to the vet straightaway.
Whether your dog is long haired or short haired, keeping them hydrated is a must so try to place bowls of water around the house and garden for them to drink when they’re thirsty.
If you’re heading out to the beach or to a place that doesn’t have a lot of shade, it’s probably better to leave your dog at home and let them keep cool away from the sun.