Grooming tips for owners of long haired dogs
May 15, 2019
Having a dog can be a lot of fun; however, it is important to remember that more of work goes along it. This applies in particular with long-haired breeds of dog such as Yorkshire Terrier, Bearded Collie, Afghan Hounds and plenty other fuzzier canine breeds. Each of these dogs requires high maintenance, more attention and care compare to other breeds of dog. For instance, Grooming can be the most challenging and expensive aspect of owning a long-haired dog. Yet, with your longer haired companions, it literally pays to know what you’re doing.
There are constantly new products on the market which claim to be effective in helping you keep your dog’s coat in perfect condition. You’ll also find plenty of products with the ability to reduce the amount of hair which you find around the house! While there’s no disputing that some of these products work, it is always advantaging to know how to properly take care of a long-haired dog’s coat before you part with any money!
Professional Help VS Homecare
When grooming a long-haired dog, there’s a certain process that you will have to follow for the best possible results, and this includes bathing, trimming, brushing and clipping.
If you’re short on time, or simply just not confident when it comes to grooming your dog, you can always opt for a professional dog groomer to do the work as an alternative. It may be considerably more expensive to hire a professional, but if this means that your dog will have a relaxed and stress-free grooming experience, it will be worth every penny. Your dog will be able to sense your fear every time you pick up the clippers, and one bad grooming session is all that it takes to make a dog see grooming as a negative experience.
However, do not forget that grooming a dog is an excellent opportunity to bond with them by spending more time with them, and this advantage should not be wasted. Also, keep in mind that the dog feels much more comfortable with their owner doing the caring than a stranger. So, there are plenty of things to weigh up when it comes to the groomer vs homecare debate. We can’t tell you the best option, because ultimately that will all fall down to your pet and how receptive they are to being groomed!
“Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are a god. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods.”― Christopher Hitchens
The Correct Grooming Regimes for Long Haired Dog Breeds
There are many important aspects when it comes to longhaired dogs grooming. One of these important aspects is brushing. A thorough brushing should be before and after every bath, however, it is crucial not to be immoderate with the brushing because it can result to balding. Bathing is another important aspect and should be done regularly. The frequency for bathing and grooming is different for every single breed as they all have incredibly different coats. Never go off general advice when it comes to caring for your dog. Always make sure that you know the ins and outs of your dog’s care needs. You will be able to find the appropriate breeding regimes for each breed by heading over to our breed description pages.
However, a general rule normally, everyday grooming will be helpful with longhaired dogs, specifically because of their full long coat. Frequent brushing, combing or brushing is essential to remove substantial hair shedding. If this hair shed is left, it will at the end fall out and get all over your home floor and the furniture. One great idea for longhaired dogs grooming is to have a photo album of the long-haired dog’s haircuts that they like, and so they can have their dog's hair cut exactly what they want.
When choosing from the different longhaired dogs' cuts available everything will depend on the purpose of your dog. For instance, a dog show competition dogs will require a particular hair cut as requested by the dog club competition sponsor. But a pet dog can have any preferred by the owner. In all, a trim keeps a longhaired dog looking neat and clean.
General Tips for Care
It doesn’t matter if you’re a dog or a human, having long luscious silky hair is hard work. The gorgeous long-haired dogs which you see on Instagram don’t look like that naturally. If left to their own devices, they’d end up dirty, matted, scraggly and sporting a fair few dreadlocks which could potentially lead to your dog developing sores and skin infections!
So, grooming is definitely more than just ensuring that your dog looks like a show dog all the time. It is imperative to their health! But that’s not to say that your dog will thank you for giving them a helping hand. While some dogs are incredibly proud of their locks, other dogs just want to be left to play in the mud and not reap the consequences!
Always make sure you get your dog used to grooming from an early age and do your best to ensure that you have created a positive experience for them. Getting matted fur out of any coat will always be uncomfortable, so always make sure that you do it frequently enough to ensure that the problem won’t arise. Another great tip is to ensure that grooming sessions don’t last longer than they should. Keep the sessions short and sweet and your dog will know that grooming sessions are not to fear.
Useful products to own when you have a dog with long hair are spray slicker brushes, scissor pin brushes and de-matter combs. If your dog does have a substantial amount of knots in their fur, if conditioner won’t get them out, you will need to cut them out. This may not look pretty, but it’s definitely worth it in the long run.