Wondering How to Groom a Dog? – Take Him to the Groomer! – Sacha’s Diary

Grooming Day!

Grooming Day - Before Picture

Grooming Day – Before Picture – I Can Tell Something is Up

Dear Diary,

Have you ever had one of those days when you woke up and could just tell that something was going on? Yep, me too. Today was like that!

It’s been really warm here lately and my daddy has been doing a lot of blogging about ways to keep your dog cool in the summertime. He even put together this list of cool things you can get in the summertime for your Samoyed (like me! 🙂 or other large breed of dog. The man has been obsessed lately 😉

So I could tell something was up right? In the hot weather especially, lots of people start to think about how to groom a dog. Plus, my fur is starting to get a little thick and shaggy and well, putting two and two together, I get…bacon! (Being a Samoyed I’m not always so good at math. And besides that…BACON!).

Anyway, I know my parents don’t think I can sense stuff like this, but trust me, I can. Silly humans! Can’t live them, can’t live without them.

Importance of Grooming

Before I get too far down the road about my day, I should say a few things about the importance of keeping your dog groomed. I know right, B-O-R-I-N-G! But, when I started this diary I promised my daddy it would be full of lots of good and useful information for you, my dear reader.

Grooming is actually pretty important not just to keep me good looking, but for my overall health and comfort too. If I go awhile without being brushed or groomed, I start to get a little itchy. I don’t like being itchy! And, it’s super important to get your dog used to being groomed and brushed when we’re just a little puppy. Honestly, I wasn’t all that big of a fan of being groomed when I was young. Even today, it’s not my favorite thing to do. But because my parents got me used to it at an early age, I’m able to deal with it a lot better. If you have a Samoyed, or a dog with especially long fur, you should think about doing this too.

Anyway, back to the health stuff. It’s important to keep your dog groomed because it can help

Gross Tick!

Gross Tick!! Stay out of my fur!

you see if there’s anything weird going on with us. This one time years ago, my mommy was brushing my brother Ramius and she found that a tick had lodged in him. Gross right?! So they had to take Ramius to the veterinarian and have it taken care of. Good thing mommy brushed him though or she might have missed that!

Brushing and grooming also helps you identify hot spots, wounds, inflammation, sores, hair mats, and even lumps. If you find a lump while grooming or petting your dog, CONTACT YOUR VETERINARIAN immediately. This happened to both my brother Ramius and sister Zoya and my parents immediately took them to the doctor. The sooner you can identify a possible abnormality in your dog, the better chance you have of getting it treated early. Luckily, my parents haven’t found any bumps or growths on me yet.

Paws crossed that they don’t!

Fortunately, Samoyeds like me never get really smelly. That’s reason #1,483 to get a Samoyed, we don’t get stinky. But, if you do have the type of dog that does tend to get a little odoriferous (how’s that for vocabulary people?!), brush and groom them often to keep them from stinking up the house.

Must. Brush. Regularly.

Many kinds of dogs, including Samoyeds like me, have an undercoat. Yep, we have two coats! So because of that, we require much more maintenance than one of those silly one coated types of dogs. If not brushed and groomed regularly, the undercoat can start to get matted which makes me really uncomfortable. Plus, my undercoat blows out seasonally, and if it hasn’t been maintained, you’ll have all kinds of white tumbleweeds rolling across your living room floor.

Trust me, you don’t want that.

Like I mentioned earlier grooming and brushing isn’t done just to keep me cute. I’m cute no matter anyway am I right humans?! Regular grooming and brushing helps get rid of extra fur which is a great way to keep me cool in the summertime. My groomer recommends the FURminator brush for me which you can read about if you click here and scroll down to right below the indoor/outdoor cot. And we already talked about the importance of grooming for my overall health, so I just wanted to add one quick final note.

Regular brushing helps remove dandruff (yep, dogs get dandruff too!), and gets rid all of that yucky dirt and grime that can get on my skin and make me uncomfortable. Brushing also helps spread around all of the natural oils in my fur to give my coat a nice healthy look.

That makes me a happy dog! My daddy always says happy dog, happy life! Actually, that’s not exactly what he says but it’s something like that…

Back to The Journey

Okay, with the boring stuff out of the way, let’s get back to my morning. So I could tell by the way my parents were getting ready that today wasn’t a typical day. Sure enough, about 10am this morning the three of us start walking towards the car. Whhhaaattt?! That never happens during the week! Something is definitely up! We’re going somewhere. Woo-hoo!

I just wish I knew where. I’m sure my parents are discussing this and I know they’re trying to tell me, but it never works. They speak this weird language that I don’t understand. So we’re in the car and I’m just barking like crazy!

Arriving at the Groomer

We drive around town for a bit and finally we pull up to the groomer. A groomer is some nice lady who washes my hair and cuts my fur in case you’re wondering. Some parents don’t go to a professional groomer, they decide to groom and wash their dog themselves. That’s fine as long as it’s done often and they know what they’re doing. But when you’re super hairy like me, it’s a lot easier on my parents to have a professional groomer do the work.

Anyway, I walk inside the store and I’m a little nervous. It’s a little strange being dropped off with all of these weird dogs and these other people I don’t know too well. And then I see my parents walk out the door which I don’t like at all. I hate being dropped off, so I tried to follow them outside . But that didn’t work. They took hold of my harness and stopped me. Stupid harness!!

Well, now that I was stuck there I just had to deal. It was okay though. This groomer is a nice lady and she starts talking to me too. NOTE TO HUMANS: WE CAN’T UNDERSTAND YOU! Sorry about that but it felt good to get that off my paws.

I think she’s trying to tell me that it’s time to get in this big wash tub. I’m never thrilled with this at first but once I get going, I kinda like it! The water feels nice and cool. I love being nice and cool. Though when I start to lick myself, YUCK!! Tastes just like soap.

Then she rinses me off and I’m ready to dry, but not so fast. Now she brings out the clippers. Last time, my fur was pretty gnarly so she had to cut a lot of it off. This time though, I just needed a little trim so that was good. Very refreshing. She starts to trim up my fur and works on my undercoat (remember I talked about this earlier) which is helpful, especially in hot weather. Then she shaves my butt real good which makes me giggle. Haha! Butt! 🙂

After that, I go to this really heavy duty, industrial sized blow drying type thing. Wow, is that contraption powerful! It dries me off so thoroughly it’s like I was never wet. And that’s it! All in all I’m there for about 3 or 4 hours and I’m done. Good as new!

And not only that, the groomer lady gave me this really cool necktie. Check it out ladies! I never

Me After Being Groomed with a Fancy Tie!

Me After Being Groomed with a Fancy Tie!

smell bad, but today I must smell really good because my parents keep sniffing my fur. How about that? I’m smelling good and nattily dressed. Guess who’s ready to go out on the town tonight? This dog that’s who!

Well that’s about all for today. If you have any questions or thoughts about grooming or brushing, please leave me a comment and I’ll be sure to get back to you!

Until next time, Mr. Diary!

– S

P.S. Remember, all posts signed off as “-S” are written by Sacha himself.


9 thoughts on “Wondering How to Groom a Dog? – Take Him to the Groomer! – Sacha’s Diary

  1. Alec Terry

    I love how you chose to focus on one specific breed of dog here. I think that is great because each breed is so different and could have their own website all to their own.
    Do Samoyed’s have a particular climate they prefer? Also, how are they with children? I’m considering getting a dog soon and am weighing the options.

    Great post!

    1. Mike

      Thanks Alec and I agree with your sentiment! Well obviously, being from Siberia, Samoyeds prefer a cold climate. But we’re in Chicago which can get awfully hot and humid and our Samoyeds have all done fine. In our experience, they’re great with children and if you do some more independent research, I’m confident you’ll see they’re excellent with families and children.

  2. Candace

    Oh my gosh, Sacha, you are so cute! And I agree, ticks are gross! Another reason to make sure your pet is tick free is if you have small children in the house. Once my friend’s daughter ate a full tick that had fallen off their dog. So disgusting!
    There is such a difference in the before and after pics of you. You are so fluffy when you are clean. I once had a lab mix with an undercoat that I took to the groomers every 6 to 8 weeks and I always smelled her all day afterward too. I loved how soft and fluffy she got.
    I’m loving your diary. What a great angle for your dad’s website!
    All the best,

    1. Sacha Post author

      Thank you Candace! You’re making me blush, but you can’t tell that underneath all of my white fur. Oh, and that story about the tick is so yucky! Gross! I’ll tell my daddy you like reading my diary, maybe I can get him to give me a raise! Roof! Roof! Oh, and if you’re interested, he just added the brush that my groomer recommends for hairy dogs like me to his list of summertime ideas. It’s called the FURminator and if you click here and scroll down just below the indoor/outdoor cot you can see a picture of it.

  3. Brandy

    Oh, Sacha, you look super handsome are your haircut! That tie tops it off! Well done.

    I learned years ago that regular grooming is necessary to prevent itching, especially. I have one of those silly one-coat pups and even though he has short fur, if it’s not taken care of regularly he gets really itchy until he gets all pampered. Luckily we always act preemptively now that we’ve learned!

    Thanks for the advice, Sacha! It’s great advice for all the dogs and dog people out there 🙂 Keep on turning those heads, handsome 😉

    1. Sacha Post author

      Ah shucks…thank you Brandy! If I got any more handsome I’m not sure I could stand it. Thanks for the compliment!

  4. Wanda

    I like your pictures. They really bring out the greatness of grooming. Seems like your dog likes to be groomed. I would guess that most dogs do like being groomed. Or maybe the dog just likes the after affects of being groomed. It is never fun to find bugs. He is probably happy to have them gone. Great post. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Mike

      I think with grooming, the more often you do it, the more your dog likes it. Or at least gets used to it. Thanks for commenting Wanda!

  5. Emilie Konradsen

    Great post! I have a Samoyed my self, and know how hard it can be to take good care of their fur. Mine has really long fur, and he hates when the brush is pulling his hair, so I can brush him just a little at the time. When he gets tired of brushing he will start trying to bite the brush and just want to play.

    I really want to take him to a groomer to see what they can do to his fur, but then we have to drive like four hours to find one. Living in the north of Norway may be the perfect place or a happy Samoyed, but it certainly isn’t the best place to get them groomed! Lol.



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