Maintaining Your Dog's Coat Between Salon Visits
Book a Salon Visit
If you like your dog to look good, feel great, and flourish with healthy skin and coat, you should book a salon visit with a professional groomer regularly.
"How Often" is a discussion for you and your groomer.
Visit Every Four Weeks
As a rule of thumb, dogs with higher maintenance coats (eg. cockapoo, Bichon Frise, Poodles, etc) should visit the salon every four weeks.
Of course, there is much you can do at home to stay on top of your dog's skin and coat health. Brushing daily or every other day is the norm for high-maintenance coats. This is an important chore.
But it's also an important opportunity for bonding between pet and owner. Your dog will love the attention. And you'll be helping to prevent knots from forming in the coat.
Ask the Expert
If you need tips and advice about the right brush or comb for your dog's coat, please ask your groomer. They are the experts and may be able to sell you the right tool directly from their salon. They will also happily demonstrate the correct brushing techniques.
For example, there is not much advantage to brushing a Bichon Frise if you don't take the slicker brush (this is the one with many fine pins) close to the skin and pull through the woolly coat ensuring it is knot-free. Then follow up with a comb to fluff up the coat.
An incorrect technique could mean that knots may still form close to the skin surface - and this can be very problematic for the coat. A 'matted coat' with tight knots will pull at the skin and can cause microscopic tears of the skin which are then prone to bacterial infection. This is like an open-wound and often referred to as a 'hot-spot' and may require dramatic clipping off of the coat in addition to treatment by a vet.