Grooming is an essential part of keeping your dog healthy and content. Not to mention looking great! Here are the steps to help maintain a beautiful, healthy coat for your rough Collie. It's important to remember to never brush a dry coat.
Starting at the rear, lower leg, lift the hair and brush with the pin brush to remove loose hair. Then go over the same area with the slicker brush to remove small mats. Be certain not to use too much pressure or brush in the same area too long with the slicker to prevent brush burn. Work your way up the leg in layers to be sure to get through the hair. When you can the higher leg, be especially bound to brush this area thoroughly. Do not forget to brush within the leg as mats form here extremely quickly.
Another area prone to matting is the armpit. To comb here, pick up the dogs foot and hold the leg out in front of him. Most groomers will do this for a small fee. Then, once they are shaved, you can keep them from forming again by regular brushing. The area around the neck is generally extremely thick and will take the most time to comb. This is done in the same fashion as the remainder of the dog.
Pay particular attention to the fine hair behind the ears. NEVER, EVER take a scissor to mats behind the ears on your dog! It is extremely straightforward to cut the skin. Brush the apex of the head, and the cheeks. They shed here, too! Hair removal is solely a matter of choice. You may use a small, blunt tipped pair of scissors for this. Moisten a cotton ball and clean the ear only as far as you can see into the ear. To trim toenails, I find a pliers type trimmer to work the best. To avoid cutting the fast in the nail,when rough collie grooming, take small bits off the nail. When you see a small, black dot in the center of the nail, you have gone far enough. If you do get the fast, take a dab of styptic and hold it on the end of the nail for some seconds. This will stop the bleeding. If you don't have styptic, corn starch or flour will do this also. Being extraordinarily careful, you can trim the hair even with the base of the foot.
Brushing isn't just an opportunity to keep your dog looking good. It's also a good opportunity to check his skin for anything out of the ordinary, for example hotspots. This is an important part od rough collie grooming. Hotspots are damp areas that typically happen when the dog repeatedly chews on a specific spot. Sometimes this is due to flea bites, or not rinsing sufficiently well during a bath. They can also occur under un-noticed mats. To prevent them, when you bathe your dog, rinse well. When you suspect you've rinsed enough, rinse for fifteen to 20 minutes more .
There are many ggod books and websites devoted to rough collie grooming, it is worthwhile to test some out. Use a good flea preventative, also. Many dogs are allergic to flea bites and start chewing these areas to relieve the itching. Remember, the more vigilant you are about grooming, the less work it is.is.