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Lagotto Grooming Basics: Coat Care, Nail Trimming, and Bathing


Grooming is an essential part of caring for your Lagotto's overall health and well-being. Regular grooming not only keeps your Lagotto looking their best but also promotes good hygiene and prevents potential health issues. In this guide, we'll explore the basics of grooming for Lagotto, including coat care, nail trimming, and bathing. By following these grooming practices and establishing a positive grooming routine, you'll help your dog stay clean, comfortable, and happy. This is a key part of owning a Lagotto and to keeping them looking and feeling their best!


Coat Care: Maintaining a Healthy and Beautiful Coat


Your Lagotto's coat requires regular care to keep it healthy, shiny, and free from mats and tangles. Here are some essential tips for coat care:

  1. Brushing: Brushing your Lagotto's coat regularly is not recommended as it removes the curl and can be uncomfortable. Northwest Lagotto does advocate working your way through the coat regularly searching for Matts and tangles. These can easily be worked out with a steel toothed comb. If you encounter mats, use a detangling spray. Start at the top of the matt, gently, gradually working into the matt, being sensitive to your dog's comfort. Do paying special attention to areas prone to tangling, like behind the ears and under the belly. Use positive reinforcement and treats to make the experience enjoyable for your dog.

  2. Bathing: Bathing frequency depends on your Lagotto's activities, activity level, and coat condition. Generally, dogs with longer hair or more active outdoor lifestyles may require more frequent baths. Use a dog-specific shampoo that is gentle and free from harsh chemicals. Northwest Lagotto likes Pangenics, a low frothing shampoo. Wet your Lagotto's coat thoroughly and lather the shampoo, taking care to avoid the eyes and ears. Rinse the coat thoroughly to remove all shampoo residue. After bathing, gently towel or blow dry your dog on a low heat setting if they are comfortable with it. Be aware that rubbing with a towel can be hard on the coat

  3. Diet: Additionally, maintaining a healthy diet, rich in essential fatty acids, can help promote a healthier coat and reduce excessive shedding.

  4. Mat and Tangle Prevention: Maintaining a coat length that works for you and your Lagottos activities and lifestyle is the key to managing matts. However, if you encounter mats, use a detangling spray or a specialized mat comb to gently work through them. For severe mats, it may be necessary to trim them out carefully. Regular combing and preventive care are key to keeping your dog's coat in top condition.

Nail Trimming: Keeping Those Paws Healthy


Regular nail trimming is essential to maintain your Lagotto's comfort and prevent issues such as overgrown nails, discomfort, or even injuries. Here's what you need to know about nail trimming:

  1. Familiarize Your Lagotto: Start by getting your Lagotto accustomed to having their paws touched and manipulated. Gradually introduce them to the nail clippers or grinder, allowing them to sniff and inspect the tools. Offer treats and praise to create positive associations.

  2. Choose the Right Tools: Select the appropriate nail clippers or grinder for your dog's size and nail type. Guillotine-style clippers work well for small to medium-sized dogs, while scissor-style clippers are suitable for larger breeds. If using a grinder, choose one specifically designed for dogs.

  3. Proper Technique: Take caution when trimming your dog's nails to avoid cutting into the quick, a sensitive area that can cause bleeding and discomfort. Trim a small amount of the nail at a time, gradually getting closer to the quick. If using a grinder, gently file the nails in short bursts, keeping an eye on the progress.

Bathing: A Refreshing and Hygienic Experience


Bathing your Lagotto not only keeps them clean and fresh but also helps maintain their overall hygiene. Here are some bathing tips:

  1. Frequency: The frequency of bathing depends on your dog's activity, activity level, and specific needs. Generally, bathing once every four to six weeks is suitable for most Lagottos. However, certain skin conditions or specific circumstances may require more frequent or less frequent bathing. Consult with your veterinarian for personalized guidance.

  2. Preparation: Before bathing, gather all necessary supplies, such as dog shampoo, towels, and a non-slip mat. Go over your Lagotto's coat to remove loose hair and mats before getting them wet. Consider using cotton balls to protect the ears from water.

  3. Water Temperature: Use lukewarm water to avoid discomfort for your Lagotto. Test the water temperature before wetting your dog to ensure it's not too hot or too cold. Keep water out of your Lagotto's eyes and ears.

  4. Shampoo Selection: Choose a dog-specific shampoo that suits your dog's skin and coat needs, we recommend Pangenics. Avoid using human shampoo or harsh products, as they can irritate your dog's skin.

  5. Lathering and Rinsing: Wet your Lagotto's coat thoroughly, and lather the shampoo gently, starting from the neck and working your way down. Massage the shampoo into the coat and skin, taking care not to cause any discomfort. Rinse the coat thoroughly to remove all shampoo residue, ensuring that no soap is left behind.

Regular grooming is an essential part of maintaining your Lagotto's health, comfort, and appearance. By following these basic grooming practices, including coat care, nail trimming, and bathing, you can keep your Lagotto's coat healthy and free from mats, prevent nail-related issues, and ensure proper hygiene. Remember to approach grooming with patience, positive reinforcement, and a gentle touch. If you're unsure or uncomfortable with any aspect of grooming, consider seeking professional help from a groomer or consulting with your veterinarian. With a regular grooming routine, you'll help your Lagotto look and feel their best while strengthening the bond between you.

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