Selecting a Trim to Meet Your Pet’s Lifestyle and Personality

Sarah Drouin, NCMG  |  Pet Tech CPR Certified  |  The Plush Pooch  |  Delaware/Pa (484)464-2025

Do you have a summer groom and a winter groom for your pet?  I have new clients that come in and request that summer or winter “do” all of the time.  In my professional opinion, I think it is best to select a trim that suits you and your pup’s lifestyle and needs best.  Keeping more hair isn’t always the best thing to do in the winter if you can’t keep up with it.  If the coat becomes matted at the skin, your dog will not be able to get proper air circulation to help stay warm and all kinds of skin issues could come up as well.  I know, I know, the logic is that it is colder and you want your pet to stay warmer.  Your intentions are great, but can you keep up with the extra work? However, most of these pooches that get haircuts do not need to keep more or less hair depending on the weather, because they do not regulate temperature the same way humans do.

It is all about keeping the coat separated and divided so the skin can breathe in order to regulate body temperature.  What keeps them comfortable is a coat length that you can manage, a trim that is easy for your pooch to be himself, and one that allows his adorable personality to shine.  What I mean by that is, if he is a true “rough and tumbler” kind of pooch, then maybe a shorter style is more suitable for him.  If your pup prefers to stay inside and never get his precious paws damp on a rainy day, then maybe leaving a bit more coat is a better choice.  After all, he wouldn’t be caught dead outside on a rainy day.  The style you choose really should depend on lifestyle and personality.

Short trims and personality clips can still be neat and stylish.  And, it is always a great idea to do a maintenance bath in between grooming appointments. Communicating with your pet stylist about what you like and how often you plan on bringing them into the salon will help determine the best type of trim that suits your pup and your family.  After all, whether it is that “just stepped out of the show ring” trim or a “short and sassy” trim, you always want you pooch looking their best!

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