Keep Your Best Friend Looking His Best With This Online Course About Collie Grooming
Collies come in 2 different varieties, "smooth" and "rough." Coarse collies need much more grooming, but smoothes must be groomed continually to be groomed regularly to keep their coats healthy. Collies have a double coat of hair, meaning there is a thick undercoat and an top coat of thinner and flatter hair. A smooth collie has short hair like that of a Labrador or Dalmatian. Learn the basics of collie grooming and keep your collie looking good, regardless of what the variety, with regular brushing.
You'll need a pin brush, a slicker brush, a comb, scissors and a spray bottle stuffed with a conditioner spray. You can purchase a commercial conditioner spray, or make your own using 1 to two big spoons of dog conditioner watered down with water. Confirm it is watered down well or the spray will make your Collie's coat greasy.
If you've got a coarse collie, part the dog's hair and brush from the roots out. The slicker brush are useful for losing dogs and for removing mats when collie grooming. If a mat can't be brushed out of the Collie's hair, you can cut it out. Collies most often have knotted hair behind their ears, underneath the front legs and on their underbelly so be sure to check those areas conscientiously. For a smooth collie, a slicker brush will suffice for both the undercoat and outer coat.
You should brush your collie common-or-garden during losing seasons, and at least once every week when they are not shedding. not losing. Regular brushing is vital to take away the dead hair. If left alone, the dead hair will cause hot spots on your dog's skin. Collies generally don't need all over trimming, but you may want to keep their feet trimmed. With a small pair of scissors, thoroughly trim the hair around each footpad.This will keep your collie's feet clean. This could be done each one to two weeks to keep the nails from getting too long.
Apply light pressure with the Dremel and grind down to just before the pink quick. Before you clip the dog's nails, find the pink fast and cut just before that point. Cutting into the fast will make the dog's nail bleed. If this occurs, styptic powder is helpful to have on hand to stop the bleeding.