Dog grooming is important for a healthy dog and to keep him looking and smelling good too. All dogs have an inclination to roll in something smelly if given the chance. Dog hair is, to some extent, self-cleaning - but not to the point that your dog will never need a bath! There will be times when you need to do some dog grooming and also bath your dog - so you should have got your puppy used to the process as early as possible. If you have a long-haired breed you will need to regularly groom your dog - less so for the short or smooth coated breeds. Let's look at the different types of dog grooming you may have to do, according to breed, and then look at how to go about bathing your dog. Different breeds - different coats Smooth coated dogs such as Boxers and Whippets are the easiest to look after when it comes to dog grooming. Use a chamois, hound glove or a soft bristle brush. Those that have a denser coat with an undercoat - such as Labradors - need more grooming as they moult a lot more - as anyone with a Lab will tell you! Use a bristle brush for them , and finish off with a comb paying particular attention to the tail and neck where the hair is thickest. dog grooming Brickell Treat wiry coated dogs in the same way, but with these you will also need to have the longer hair 'stripped' once a month using a stripping comb. You will also need to take these breeds - Wire-haired Dachshunds and Fox Terriers for example - to a professional groomer about 3 or 4 times a year to have the coat reduced. Some dogs have long silky coats - Yorkshire Terriers and Maltese for example - and these need special care. They have little protective undercoat so you need to be very gentle when grooming, particularly as they need daily brushing and combing. Other breeds have long but dense coats, such as Collies, and these just need twice weekly brushing with a pin-brush and combing with a wide-toothed comb. Excess hair will need to be trimmed once a month. Golden Retrievers and others with less dense hair need less grooming - weekly brushing and combing and a twice yearly trim for legs and between the toes. Other breeds require regular - often weekly or even twice weekly - professional trimming and clipping. Poodles and Bichon Frise for example need a lot of grooming so you need to get your dog accustomed to these regular trips to the groomers from when he is a tiny puppy. Unless you are actually trained to do this clipping don't attempt it yourself - leave it to the professionals. Dog Grooming Tools you May Need Tools you may need for dog grooming long haired types include: An undercoat rake or long toothed comb to remove loose hair; de-tangling solution or conditioner; a mat rake for dealing with those tangles; a shedding tool which is used for removing the soft undercoat when the dog is moulting; a slicker brush for giving a good shine to the surface coat.