By Ester Shaffer. Dog Grooming. Published at Saturday, February 24th, 2018 - 08:41:46 AM.
Shelties tangle easily, particularly the soft silky fun behind and under the ears, but also on their chests, and under their tails. Before soaking your dog down and shampooing, spray these areas lightly with a detangling solution and use a comb to check for tangles. Detangle with a special detangling tool. If you wet your sheltie down without checking for tangles, the tangles will tighten and may have to be shaved out later, leaving holes in the coat.
Groomers have usually completed some sort of formal training and will not be offended if you ask for their credentials and some references from their customers. Most groomers will have this information already included in their brochure or advertising literature. Consider going to the facility by yourself before the first appointment and asking to watch them work with a dog. They may allow this or may not, but most groomers understand an owners concerns and will do their best to work with the owner to ensure satisfaction.
Regular brushing is necessary to keep the coat free of tangles and mats. Standard Poodles in show clips require about ten hours of brushing per week. Take note also that the dog must be free of tangles in preparation for a haircut. Poodle hairstyle, aptly called clip comes in various types - Puppy clip, English Saddle, continental and Sporting Clips. However, only Continental and English Saddle clips are qualified to appear in most show rings. A puppy below one year old may be shown in the Puppy clip and a Poodle whose show career is over is clipped down whatever the owner wants. Pet clips are usually simple and put into a lower-maintenance cut but can also be elaborate. As much as possible, the face, feet and base of the tail should be kept short to maintain cleanliness. Feces can get matted in the fur and food can get trapped on the face when fur in these areas are left to grow long. Try to consider these facts and you can expect a 12 to 15 happy years with your dog.
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