Published at Saturday, March 17th, 2018 - 06:29:46 AM. . By Tia Mccarty.
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.
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.
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