Long coated dogs have some of the more challenging coats to maintain, but with some patience and the promise of a treat you’ll be done in no time. The best way to stop matts and tangles in a long coated dog is to prevent them with daily brushing.
What you will need for everything except fluffing
- Slicker brush
- Doggie shampoo
- Garden hose would be ideal, but a bathtub works too
Give your dog a bath
- Use the garden hose to aim downwards on the hair
- Work in the shampoo with your fingers
- Cream rinse is optional, a regular detangling product works too
- Dry them off by wrapping them up in a towel
This can be a great time to apply medication, the fur is more cooperative and the ears are easier to access for trimming because of it. Trim any hair reducing the paws traction.
Brushing isn’t only good for the coat it also invigorates the skin.
- Brush your long coated dog daily
- Remove any twigs or debris caught in the coat
- Go with the lay in shorter strokes
- Tangles are your main concern here
- Remember, today’s brush makes tomorrow’s easier
Fluffing, if you’re into that.
- Certainly not mandatory unless if you’re grooming your dog for a show.
- Brush with a detangling brush downwards
- Brush with a soft bristled brush upwards working upwards
- Brush the hair down while working upwards
- Admire your fluffy friend and their lovely coat
Now that your dog is squeaky clean, you can use the money you saved to get them a new toy or treats. Grooming should be something you both get excited about.