By Tina Solis. Dog Grooming. Published at Sunday, April 08th, 2018 - 19:10:46 PM.
Dog Breeds Grooming A Sheltie. There are standard guidelines for grooming any thick-coated, long-haired breed of dog. You want to use a high quality, pH balanced shampoo intended for dogs; get as much loose coat out as possible while shampooing; rinse repeatedly until the water runs clear; dry the coat from the skin out to the ends, using a moderately warm hand dryer and a slicker brush. When dry, brush the coat again from the skin outward. Finish with a fine-toothed comb to make sure youve gotten any tangles out. Trim hair on the bottom of the feet from between the pads with blunt scissors and trim or grind the nails. Clean the ears with a cotton ball and liquid ear cleaner (dont use Q-tips!) But Shetland sheepdogs also have needs that are particular to the breed. This article is about how to make sure you meet them when you bathe, dry, comb and trim your sheltie.
Shelties have an undercoat and a top coat, except on their bellies and abdomens. Both coats have to be checked for tangles, then brushed out separately when dry. The undercoat is thick and wooly, while the top coat is smoother. When shampooing, make sure you massage shampoo and water down into the undercoat all the way to the skin. Pay special attention to the area under the tail to eliminate urine and fecal staining; and make sure no fecal matter is trapped in the hair around the anus. When rinsing, lift the top coat with your hands to make sure youre getting all the shampoo out of the undercoat.
Hair clipping and brushing: Do brush your dogs hair regularly and clip it as often as is necessary. Do use the right tools; here we are talking both brushes and hair clippers. Besides the aesthetic value of hair brushing and clipping, other benefits include the ease of removal of dirt during bathing and the prevention of matting. Do not brush with too much force as this may cause injury. When matting has occurred, then brush gently or better still, just clip the hair. Do not clip too close to the skin to give your dog a naked look. This will be harmful as it exposes your dog to skins cuts.
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