If you own a Shetland sheepdog, this article is surely going to help you out. Before bringing this article, it came in our mind that what are the major problems owners faces related to their Shetland sheepdog. The only answer we got is the grooming procedure. Actually this dog breed is often called as ‘Little Collies’ due to their physical similarities with Collies. But Shetland sheepdog needs frequent grooming. But people think that grooming a dog is a very tough process to go through. But we are saying that we people make it tough intentionally. Your grooming procedure shouldn’t be the tough one but it should obviously be consistent so that your pet looks good.
Here are some tips that will make your grooming procedure easier.
We are giving you the step by step guide to groom your Shetland sheepdog pet. So if you can go through the steps you will really enjoy the procedure and also it will be the best for your dog.
Important Tips to Groom a Shetland sheepdog:
1. Before you take them to the bath, fill the bathtub with few inches of lukewarm water. Now firstly you should soak you dog in the water and then start applying shampoo on the back. Go on rubbing till it forms a good lather. Now use the lather to rub the legs, belly and chest. Now go on rinsing till the water runs clear. Once this is done, take some conditioner and apply all over their body. Leave them for three minutes so that the conditioner soaks in their coat. Then rinse again thoroughly and wash your dog.
2. Now wrap your dog with a towel and set them on the floor. The important part here is that you will have to squeeze out the water from the dog’s coat. But do it quiet gently so that your dog doesn’t feel any uncomforting. Now bring a blower and adjust the temperature into lowest heat and blow until the coat completely dries up. Now brush them with a pin brush so that the coat turns back into the real, sleek coat.
3. Make your dog stand on a stable surface and start brushing their whole body with a coat rake. Actually the
purpose of using this brush is that it reaches to the deep undercoat surface and pulls out the dead and loose hairs. Actually this dog breed has deep and dense undercoat that wraps around the longer outer coat. So you should brush out carefully to every inch of the coat to get better results.
4. An important tip for you all is that always keep in mind that you should comb your dog towards the direction of the hair growth. Use a grey hound type comb to get the best result. Actually the specialty of this comb is that is has a small metal teeth that smoothens the coat and allow it to lay flat. If you see that you are facing obstacle in any place while combing, re comb the place with the rake again to remove the snarls. Then repeat with the comb again.
5. Now lift the dog’s tail and cut away the long hairs which you will spit at the base of the tail and the back legs. You should properly do this to avoid any other mess because it will mix up with the feces of the dog.
6. Hold one of the feet in your hand and brush down the hair back towards the leg. Cut the long hairs that stick to the top of the foot. Cutting the hair back prevents debris and mud balls from developing between the toes.
7. So you will also have to take care of their nails. Trim the nails with a pair of sharp nail clippers. This is one of the toughest grooming parts that you have to go through. If your dog has white nails place the edge of the blade just in front of the dark quick line inside the nail. But if your dog has black nails, cut the nails in small increments. Just stop when you see the faint pink line in the middle of the nail. Trim the nails after every
couple of weeks.
8. Lastly the part left for your grooming is the teeth of your dog. Brush your dog’s teeth with specific toothpaste you use for your dog. Take a bit of that toothpaste and rub it gently above the tooth. Let your dog
lick the toothbrush to get familiarize with the taste.
You are complete with the grooming process. Actually it is not that tough as we think. But here you can see all the steps described so easily and it will hardly take much of your time if you go serially with the steps. At first you will find some problems as your dog will not response to the grooming process but slowly they will get used to it.