By Carla Preston. Dog Grooming. Published at Saturday, June 02nd, 2018 - 10:21:46 AM.
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.
Bathing: Do bath your dog regularly. While it is not possible to give a blanket rule on exactly how often your dog should be bathed, do it at least once a month. Use shampoo to clean the hair effectively and a brush. Failure to bath your dog will result in accumulation of dirt, and cause other skin infections. Do not bath your dog too frequently and certainly not daily. This will deplete some of the vital oils on your dogs skin and guess what lead to the same risks to its skin that not washing can cause such as scratching and skins tear.
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.
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