Now that winter is upon us, it is sometimes tempting to leave your dog's coat long for the winter, thinking that they need it for the warmth, but this is not always the best thing for your pet.
A long coat is a high maintenance coat. They need brushing more regularly, tangle more easily, collect debris and take longer to dry. Your pet will more often than not return from a walk wet, and with mud, dirt and leaves, clinging to the coat. He or she will need to get dry and warm in order to be comfortable. For the dog that is regularly groomed/clipped, this is not a problem, a quick towel dry and brush does the job. Longer coats can take hours to dry naturally so may need to be blow dried and brushed thoroughly, which can be difficult if you do not possess the necessary equipment.
If the long coat remains unbrushed it can become matted very quickly, which traps moisture and dirt and can cause infection and harbour parasites. A matted coat is a nightmare for a pet, as they will be unable to clean properly. They will be itchy and sore, and suffer restricted movement. Worse still, a matted coat can hide injuries that need treatment.
Keeping to your usual grooming regime is an easy way to ensure that your dog will stay clean, warm and healthy for the winter. Easy to bathe, easy to dry, easy to check for health issues, and easy to pop a warm jacket/jumper on when walking in cold or wet weather.