Maintaining in between grooms is so important! The best thing I can advise is to invest in a slicker brush and a metal tooth comb. You should strive to brush out your dog daily, but realistically as long as it’s being done twice a week then you should be okay. Always brush your pup first with the slicker brush, but then use the metal tooth comb to make sure that the hair is tangle free all the way to the skin. Often times people will brush only the top layer of the coat, and then not understand why the dog ended up matted. The metal tooth comb will help you find tangles that may have otherwise been missed. However, it’s important to brush through those tangles with the slicker brush and not the comb. Getting through tangles with a comb would just be yanking out knots and cause pain.
I also highly recommend coming in for face, feet and fanny services if you’re looking to let your pup grow out long. This service allows them to look freshly groomed by no longer dragging fur on the floor, cleaning up the sanitary potty areas and opening up around the eyes so they can see. However, it doesn’t include removing any length off of the body. It’s a great in between service. And if you have a puppy, new dog, or even grooming a fearful dog then working at home with touching their feet, ears and tail can go a long way. Just touching and holding them while the dog is calm, and then rewarding when they allow it, can teach a dog to tolerate or even like being handled for grooming services. This is also true for the short haired breeds who still need their nails clipped, ears cleaned and bathed.