|Barked: Sat Nov 24, '12 9:42pm PST |
|I have PLENTY of experience grooming Shelties! I used to show groom them, and I brush my own quite often. You will want a comb, and a good slicker brush, and an undercoat rake.
When you brush, make sure you aren't top brushing. Part the hair and make sure you are brushing down to the skin, with the slicker brush, otherwise you are going to be breaking the coat. It is a good idea to use a coat conditioner, or at least mist with water, while brushing, so you're not breaking the coat either.
After you brush through the entire coat with the slicker brush, go through it with the comb to make sure there are no tangles left in it. After that, go over the coat with the undercoat rake to remove the loose hair. Work one section at a time until there isn't much coat coming out anymore.
I like to comb out my dog once a day, and I give him a good brushing while misting with conditioner once or twice a week. I prefer to comb him out more often than to brush as I find the brush can do damage to the coat. Actually, when I brush my dog I mist him so much with conditioner that he's pretty wet when I'm done, then I high velocity dry him (I'm a groomer with my own shop, so it's easy for me to do this, but not for everyone).
I also bath my dog about every 2 weeks. If you give your own dog a bath make sure that you brush and remove all the undercoat before the bath. It will make the process so much easier. It will be easier for the shampoo to get into the coat and to the skin and much easier to rinse. My dog has a thick coat so it's hard to get him completely soaked with just water, so I put a bit of shampoo on him while getting him wet because it helps soak him to the skin.
I find all this works great for my Sheltie, and I've noticed a few people who have gotten a new Sheltie and haven't had a clue how to take care of the coat properly, so I hope this helps you out!
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