The world of dog grooming is much more complex than you might think.
For example, there’s hand shearing, carding, and stripping – and hundreds of different breeds that require specialized pliers or trimming.
Then there are some breeds that should never be trimmed – many types of collie, for example – because they are double layered and mowing would result in improper hair regrowth.
Poodles often have quite sophisticated haircuts and they are bought by many people because they have hypoallergenic hair, which reduces the likelihood of their owners developing symptoms of hay fever or other allergic reactions to it. type.
Poodle crosses (scribbles) also fall into this category – these types of dogs include cockerpoos, labradoodles, goldendoodles, and schnoodles.
Poodle crosses are not easy to care for breeds as their coats easily become matted from the skin to the outside, leaving the top coat perfectly fine.
Once this knotting begins it is very difficult to brush off and the process can be very painful for the dog.
Ongoing home maintenance should be more than just brushing once a week.
A doodle owner really needs to groom their dog’s entire coat two or three times a week and use a technique called linear brushing.
This involves brushing a small section of coat at a time, starting at the nape of the neck and making sure to go all the way to the hairline.
Ideally, your dog should be lying down so you can groom his tummy, or he should be on a table (a little more delicate unless you have someone to hold him).
The “hot spots” of carpet problems are usually where a harness or collar rubs against the dog’s coat, behind the ears, behind the front legs where they meet the belly and under the tail.
If your dog gets wet and you let the coat dry naturally, the hair will solidify and become more difficult to brush.
Always dry your doodle with a towel or, if they allow it, use a hair dryer, then use a brush.
If you plan to bathe your doodle, brush off all rugs before they get wet.
If a doodle’s coat is not groomed regularly, it will need to be trimmed down to the skin by a professional groomer, as it will not be able to pass through the mat, only underneath.
Ideally, you should start taking your puppy to a groomer as early as around six months old so that they get used to the smells and sounds of the salon, ensuring that the grooming process does not become stressful.
Most professional groomers offer a “puppy groom,” who is a gentle first groom to help educate the dog.
If you would like further advice on dog grooming, please contact our trained kennel team member, Toby Tomlinson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
None of our current rescue dogs need demanding grooming, including Riley, a nine year old border collie.
He would like everyone to know that border collies are the best dogs of all time, although they are underestimated as a breed by some people, and they are certainly the most expensive dogs in the world.
A record selling price was reached last week for Megan, a two-year-old British border collie. It sold at auction for £ 19,000 and is now destined for cattle breeding in the United States.
The previous record selling price of £ 15,000 was held by another dog bred by Megan’s owner.
Riley might not be able to herd sheep or cows, but he’s great fun to be around and he doesn’t cost thousands of pounds!
He is good with other dogs and fantastic with people. He just doesn’t like cats.
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