What To Do To Groom A Bernese Mountain Dog

The Bernese Mountain dog is a large dog breed with dogs that can stand at over 27 inches at the shoulder. Bernese Mountain dogs have their origins in Switzerland where they have a rich history of working on the country’s farms and pastures. This dog breed is named for the Swiss canton of Bern which is home to Switzerland capital city of Bern, and the fact that Switzerland is home to the stunning Swiss Alps.

Bernese Mountain dogs are well known for their tricolored coatings which are typically jet black with white chests and rust-colored markings. If you are finding yourself in need of help with how to groom a Bernese Mountain dog, this process will help you with that.

Groom A Bernese Mountain Dog With This Process

1. Brush Your Bernese Mountain Dog’s Hair

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During the autumn and spring seasons, Bernese Mountain dogs shed a lot of their hair in order to prepare themselves for the winter and summer respectively. Outside of the fall and spring seasons, Bernese Mountain dogs shed a moderate amount of hair.

The hair that Bernese Mountain dogs shed will fall down like snow onto your floor and furniture, making a mess of them. So, it is in your best interest to get rid of all that dead hair by brushing your Bernese Mountain dog.

Doing that will help you keep the shedding under control. Given your Bernese Mountain dog’s thick double coating, another thing that you will be dealing with is mats.

Mats can cause pain for your Bernese Mountain dog by pulling at his/her skin. So, it is important for you to brush your Bernese Mountain dog’s coating to keep it free from mats.

But, in order to brush your Bernese Mountain dog well, you will want a brush that isn’t only effective at working through the thick double coating that he/she has, but can also do so without scratching his/her skin.

The Hertzko Self-Cleaning Slicker Brush is your go to brush for the job. Better yet, this brush comes with a self-cleaning feature that is designed to make it easy for you to clean the mats and dead hair from the brush.

With the brush in hand, work on brushing your Bernese Mountain dog’s coating. Given the amount of hair that your Bernese Mountain dog has, you will want to brush small sections of his/her body at a time.

Also, in order to have the best results, you will want to brush in the direction that your Bernese Mountain dog’s hair grows. During the autumn and spring shedding seasons, you will want to brush your Bernese Mountain dog’s coating daily in order to keep up with the shedding.

Outside of the two shedding seasons, brushing your Bernese Mountain dog’s coating once a week should do it.

2. Brush Your Bernese Mountain Dog’s Teeth

Brushing your Bernese Mountain dog’s teeth is an important part of your grooming routine. Doing that will prevent tartar buildup from taking hold of your Bernese Mountain’s teeth.

Tartar buildup can lead to tooth decay if it isn’t dealt with and that isn’t good for your Bernese Mountain dog. So, you will want to have a regular schedule for brushing your Bernese Mountain dog’s teeth in order to keep them free of tartar buildup.

Veterinarians often recommend that dog owners get the Virbac toothpaste for brushing their dogs’ teeth and so you will want to go along with that as well. You can use a toothbrush to brush your Bernese Mountain dog’s teeth.

3. Bathe Your Bernese Mountain Dog

Your Bernese Mountain dog only needs an occasional bath. That is because Bernese Mountain dogs are already highly capable of shedding dirt on their own. Plus, bathing your Bernese Mountain dog too often will dry out his/her skin.

So, only bathe your Bernese Mountain dog when he/she starts to smell. And when you do bathe your Bernese Mountain dog, I recommend that you use a shampoo that is designed to deodorize your Bernese Mountain dog and get him/her to smell good after a bath.

With that in mind, I recommend that you get the Buddy Wash Dog Shampoo and Conditioner as it is one of the best shampoos that I can find.

Not only does this shampoo deodorize and get your Bernese Mountain dog to smell good, but also, it will nourish his/her skin and get his/her coating to look smooth and shiny.

The shampoo is also free of soap and alcohol and that will ensure that your Bernese Mountain dog’s shampooing experience is cruelty-free. There are three flavors of the shampoo for you to choose from. They are lavender and mint, green tea and bergamot, and rosemary and mint.

Now that you have the shampoo, have your Bernese Mountain dog in your bathtub and use a cup filled with warm water to wet him/her. Once your Bernese Mountain dog’s coating is all wet, thoroughly apply the shampoo onto his/her coating with a lather.

Be careful not to get the shampoo into your Bernese Mountain dog’s eyes as that can be irritating. Now, rinse your Bernese Mountain dog until his/her coating is completely free of shampoo.

With the bath over, dry out your Bernese Mountain dog with a bathing towel and then re-brush his/her coating.

4. Clean Your Bernese Mountain Dog’s Ears

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As is the case with all dogs, your Bernese Mountain dog needs to have his/her ears cleaned out in order to keep them clear of wax. Wax buildup inside your Bernese Mountain dog’s ears can cause ear infection and that isn’t good for him/her.

You will want to use the Virbac ear cleaner for cleaning your Bernese Mountain dog’s ears as veterinarians often recommend it to dog owners for cleaning their dogs’ ears. You can apply the ear cleaner to cotton balls and then use them to clean your Bernese Mountain dog’s ears.

5. Clip Your Bernese Mountain Dog’s Nails

Like all dogs, your Bernese Mountain dog needs to have his/her nails clipped in order to keep them short. That is because if your Bernese Mountain dog’s nails are too long, that can make him/her feel painful with his/her paws.

If you hear the clicking sound while your Bernese Mountain dog is walking, that indicates that it is time for you to clip his/her nails short. You can use a nail clipper like Millers Forge Dog Nail Clip for clipping your Bernese Mountain dog’s nails.

Be careful not to cut the quick part of your Bernese Mountain dog’s nails as that can result in bleeding easily.

Groom A Bernese Mountain Dog – Conclusion

So, that concludes the process of how you can groom a Bernese Mountain dog. As far as trimming your Bernese Mountain dog’s hair is concerned, that isn’t something that I would recommend that you do.

That is because, as I mentioned early on in this post, Bernese Mountain dogs shed their hair heavily during the autumn and spring periods. So, trimming your Bernese Mountain dog’s hair will put him/her at risk of losing his/her ability to stay warm and cool during the winter and summer respectively.

So, you’re better off not trimming your Bernese Mountain dog’s hair at all with the exception being the hair between the paw pads which you can trim using a pair of scissors.

If you are having trouble getting your Bernese Mountain dog to cooperate during grooming, this post will help you with that. What are your thoughts? Have you groomed a Bernese Mountain dog before? Feel free to leave a comment down below.

4 thoughts on “What To Do To Groom A Bernese Mountain Dog”

  1. Thank you for this in-depth look at grooming a Bernese Mountain Dog. It definitely takes a lot of work to maintain a dog this big but is well worth it! They are true loyal companions. 

    I have a question though. Do you have any tips for bathing a giant dog like this that doesn’t like getting wet and freaks out at the site of water? We have tried lots of things but our solution has been to either have one of us, usually me because I’m way bigger than my wife, hold him in a bear hug so my wife can wash him, or, we found that taking him to a specific groomer works. However, the groomer is expensive and we’d love to be able to save that money and do it ourselves. Any tips or tricks would be greatly appreciated!

    Thank you!

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    • You’re welcome! I am sorry to hear that you and your wife have been struggling to bathe your Bernese Mountain dog because he won’t cooperate with your during the bath. I certainly understand your frustration with not being able to bathe your Bernese Mountain dog.

      I would recommend that you check out this post which goes into some things that you and your wife can do in order to gain your Bernese Mountain dog’s cooperation during the grooming routine, including bathing. So, be sure to go and give it a read.

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  2. Thank you for sharing all these actionable steps on how to groom our Bernese mountain dog. I have discovered that they can shed a lot, especially when they live indoors. However, my solution to this is to brush him regularly. It has helped to keep the shedding under control. I brush my Bernese mountain dog every couple of days.

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    • You are welcome. Yes, for sure, Bernese Mountain dogs do shed a lot during the fall and spring seasons and so I am glad that you are keeping your Bernese Mountain dog’s shedding under control by brushing his coating every couple days.

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