You can fully groom a Labrador retriever with a few tools in just an hour or two. You need a wire slicker brush, bristle brush, short-hired rake, a narrow-toothed comb, a wide-toothed comb, toenail clippers and two damp cotton balls.
Bathe the dog
Bathe the dog before grooming to further loosen dead hair. Put the dog in the tub or shower, soak it with warm water, lather it with shampoo, and rinse. Dry the dog with a towel. Let the dog air dry or quicken the process with a hair dryer.
Rake the dog's coat
Use the short-haired rake to comb the dog's coat. Comb the dog using short, gentle strokes. Start at the head and work your way to the tail. Rake the dog until fur stops coming out or your arm grows too tired to continue.
Brush the dog's fur again
Brush the dog's coat with the wire slicker brush. Brush the dog's entire coat once, starting at the neck.
Comb the dog with a wide-toothed comb to loosen mats.
Comb the dog's fur
Combing takes a long time, so place your dog in a position that is comfortable for both of you. Comb your dog's fur with a narrow-toothed comb. Start under the chin, continue around the head, then comb out the entire coat.
Wash the dog's eyes
Clean the dog's eyes by gently wiping them with a damp cotton ball.
Clip the dog's toenails
Use a nail trimmer to cut the dog's toenails. Clip the ends where the hook forms to avoid cutting into the quick.
Groom your dog weekly
Brush your dog weekly to avoid having to follow all of these steps outside of shedding season. Brush the dog once or twice a week with a bristle brush, and clip its toenails every two weeks.