How To Groom Labrador Retriever

by ABK Grooming

Labrador Retriever is one of the popular dog breeds. Also called 'Labrador' or 'Lab'. They are huge but loving, easy to train, energetic, and sensitive. Their coat is dense but short, making it easy to groom but yes they shed a lot. Let's see how to groom a Labrador Retriever. 

Though Lab’s have short coats it is dense. They are not low maintenance dogs as they need frequent grooming because of their coat that sheds. 

Which tools are needed to groom labrador?

  1. Andis Slicker brush
  2. Tropiclean Detangling spray 
  3. Andis Steel comb 
  4. Trixie Grooming glove
  5. Bio-Groom Shampoo
  6. Andis Nail grinder
  7. Tropiclean Ear Wash
  8. Cotton ball or Petkin Pet Wipes 

Step by step guide for grooming Labrador Retriever 

Step 1 - Bathing

They don’t need to be bathed often. But only when it is necessary. Frequent bathing can lead to dry skin and stripping of essential oils from their skin.

Brush the Lab’s coat before with a slicker brush before your bath. Then thoroughly clean its coat with shampoo and conditioner. Rinse it thoroughly.

Note - Be careful of their eyes and ear.

Dry them with a towel or pet dryer

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 Step 2 - Brushing 

Brushing Labrador is an uphill task for their groomer. As they need to be brushed 3-4 times a week. Sometimes while they shed a lot, they need to be brushed every day. 

  • Start with spraying detangling spray, as it makes grooming a dense coat breed easier.
  • Now take a slicker brush and move into circular motion over the coat then against the hair growth to remove loose hair.
  • Now brush the coat in the direction of hair growth to remove the dead hair.
  • With the help of a steel comb, comb near the ears, tail, under the belly, and neck. 
  • Once the tangle and knots are removed massage with the grooming glove in the direction of hair growth as the last step. 
(Picture Credit: Jaromir Chalabala / EyeEm/Getty Images)

Step  3 - Cleaning ears

Check our blog on how to clean dog ears?

Step 4 - Cleaning eyes 

  • Use a new cotton ball and dip it into hot water and slightly squeeze.
  • Now use that cotton ball to clean debris near the corner of the eyes and the eyelids. 

Note - Get your pet's eyes checked by a vet regularly

Step 5 - Clipping Nails

Trimming nails is necessary as it helps them walk correctly also saves them from any pain. Thus with the nail grinder just trim the tips and not deep cuts. 


Step 6 - Dental Care

Dog teeth must be brushed every day to remove plaque. It doesn't just remove it but reduces it's accumulation if brushed daily. 


You may also try dental chews and toys to maintain your pet's oral care.

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