By Briana Robles. Dog Grooming. Published at Tuesday, April 24th, 2018 - 21:26:46 PM.
Shelties need extra attention to their feet. If desired, you can trim away any stray hair from the feathers on the legs, hocks and bum in order to achieve a clean line. Some people like to trim up the tail feathers too. If you do trim these areas, remember to keep the sharp end of the scissors pointed down and work from top of the leg to the bottom. However, its mandatory to trim the feet. Clean feet are important to keep the skin on the toes healthy, particularly in wet climates. First, turn each foot over gently and trim the hair so its flush with the pads, being sure to use blunt-ended scissors. Then with your shelties feet on the table, use a slicker to brush the hair on the top of his or her feet backwards. Trim away whatever stands up with your pointed scissors. This will thin the hair that lives between the toes.
When drying, lift the coat in the area youre drying and work the undercoat with a rake. Start at the head and work toward the tail. Dry and rake from the skin outward. Pay special attention to the hindquarters and the bum where the undercoat is especially thick. Do not rake your shelties belly or abdomen. Just dry lightly and go over those areas gently with a pin brush.
There are several ways to find a good groomer and one of the most obvious is to talk to other dog owners that you see as you are out and about with your pet. Dog owners in general tend to be very willing to give recommendations as well as warnings about good and bad experiences they may have had with groomers in your area. If you see a dog that looks just like you want your dog or has just the clip that you have pictured for your dog be sure to speak with the owner and find out what groomer they use.
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