Dogs with long hair are always beautiful to look at. However, grooming the long and thick hair of a dog requires time, money and effort. It is important to learn the proper steps for grooming them and proper grooming should take place, at a very minimum, 2 – 3 times a week, if not every day.
Follow These Steps:
When bathing dogs with long hair, it is a good idea to start bathing the dog from top to bottom. This will reduce matting. The water is poured from the top to the bottom and the dog shampoo is also applied in the same manner. Use your fingers to gently rub the shampoo in and to remove any debris found in the hair. Use a detangler/moisturizing conditioner after the shampoo for easier brushing.
The dog’s hair can be allowed to dry by itself or a hot air blower can be used. You may dry the hair using a soft and large absorbent towel. Wrap it around your pet to absorb the extra water. You may allow your dog to shake away the water. This method will help to lift up the hair. Long-haired dogs typically need at least two or three hours for the coats to become dry.
As part of the grooming procedure, you should trim the hairs that grow around the toe-pads. Long hair can pose a problem when they run and cause them to slip. Trim the nails. Did you know that nail neglect can lead to health problems for your dog? Proper trimming of nails requires a special nail clipping tool. Choose from Scissor Clippers (big dogs), Guillotine Clippers (small dogs) or Grinder Tools. Be sure to have some styptic powder or cornstarch (with or without baking soda) to help the blood clot if you cut the nail too short.
Daily brushing helps to clear tangles and prevent matting, and also invigorates the skin of your long-haired pet, and helps spread natural oils. While there are different types of brushes, the three used most are, 1) a pin brush, or brush with wire pins that may or may not have a protective ball at the end. The protective ball is so you don’t scratch your dog’s skin. Additionally, this brush has wider gaps between the bristles and minimizes damage to the coat and static charge. You would use this brush on medium to long hair coats and woolly or curly coats. 2) A slicker brush comes in a variety of sizes and has very fine wire bristles. This brush can be used on any coat as it can get deep into the dog’s coat to remove matted fur and dead skin. 3) Bristle brushes can be used on all coat types and vary according to the spacing between bristles and the length of the bristles. Generally speaking, the longer the hair, the more widely spaced and longer the bristles should be. Furthermore, for more coarse hair, the bristles need to be stiffer. ALSO, don’t forget to have some conditioner on hand or spray in detangler to avoid stress on your dog.
Cleaning the ear regularly prevents ear mites and infections of the ear. When cleaning your long-haired dog’s ears it is recommended that you use cotton balls dipped in a solution of witch hazel which is gently swabbed inside the ear. Do not venture too deeply into the ear canal. Clean every nook and corner where the ear-mites tend to hide. The hair inside the dog’s ear can be removed gently with the help of tweezers.
You can use dog grooming clippers or scissors to groom hair on the dog’s face. If using clippers, run them across your palm to ensure that it does not cut the skin. Move the clipper gently along the sides of the face while gently holding the muzzle. For a short-hair groom, use the clippers at an angle. For a long-haired groom, keep the clippers flat.
Learning how to groom a dog is a fun experience and helps you to bond more with your pet.
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