By Nona Oneill. Dog Grooming. Published at Sunday, June 24th, 2018 - 21:19:46 PM.
Do not over-dry your shelties coat. While the topcoat is still slightly damp, stop drying and go through the undercoat once more, this time with a slicker brush. When the undercoat has stopped loosening when you brush it, start brushing out the silky top coat, using a pin brush. Again, start with the neck and work your way to the tail. Finish by going through the length of both coats with a fine tooth comb. The comb should move easily, though more so through the top coat that in the wooly undercoat.
Many groomers have affiliations with various breeders and organizations. A good, professional groomer will also assist you in selecting a clip or cut that is suitable for your dog and is appropriate for the show ring if this is a consideration. If the groomer is unfamiliar with the show requirements be sure to bring in exact pictures of what is allowable and what is not to avoid any confusion or misunderstanding regarding a cut or clip.
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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