As caretaker of several pets, both dogs and cats, I believe that looking after your pet is one of the most important duties as a pet owner. I find that a lot of people focus on exercise, which is extremely important, however I find that proper grooming is something that takes the back seat. Your dogs fur, nails, ears and teeth are just as important as exercise. The proper grooming of you pet will guarantee a healthier pet.
I am not a person that believes that every pet grooming chore should be the duty of a professional dog groomer, however if you can afford that then there is nothing wrong with that. I am also confident that the information gathered on this site, or other resources, can help you in the proper grooming of your dog, if you choose to do it yourself.