If your canine has double coats, regular brushing is very important (to control shedding). In this post, I’ll tell you how to brush double coated dogs.
Owning a dog in itself is a huge responsibility. After all, you have to take it for a stroll, prepare its food, have health checkups, and then comes this heavy concept of grooming.
You may love your bundle of joy for its mischievous nature but do you also enjoy bathing, cleaning, and combing? If you cross your heart, you don’t, and it is completely fine to feel so. After all, you have a tough schedule of your own to manage, and then there is this grooming session that needs to be scheduled at least twice or thrice a week.
Let’s face it. It is important. Most of the time, you stress out because your dog has a lot of untangled hair. The tip is to start taking care of your dog today so that it becomes lesser of a stress tomorrow.
Grooming and brushing sessions get more important when your dog has double coats. A dog is said to have double coats when it has undercoat and topcoat.
The main reason why double-coated dogs require special attention to grooming and brushing is that they shed a lot. Regular brushing a double coat dog doesn’t just help to control the shedding level, it also helps to get healthy skin and a shiny coat.
Please Check: How To Tell If A Dog Has A Double Coat?
Grooming a Double-coated Dog
Being a dog owner, you already know the seasonal changes happening to your dog. Your house is literally a mess, and your vacuum cleaner may die.
However, if you maintain a proper grooming schedule for your double-coated dog, you can save this mess to some extent.
Have the following tools ready:
- Pin Brush
- Slicker Brush
How to Brush A Double-coated Dog?
Below is a step-by-step guide to help you properly groom your double-coated dog:
Start by De-matting
Use a de-matting rake to the long and dense hair of your double-coated dog. Start from the back and de-matt through its tail.
Take off the Mat
When you feel that combing is tough due to some of the rough strands, you can simply use the sharp blade of the de-mat to cut down the rough ends.
Use a Rake
Use a rake and slowly go from front to back, in the direction of the hair growth. Keep on raking for about 5-7 minutes.
Use a Slicker Brush
Once the weak hair is shredded, you can use a slicker brush to comb its coat for one last time. This would help you iron out the creases on your double-coated dog’s coat.
Additional tip: Use natural body oil on the coat of your double-coated dog to give it a shiny look.
Brushing or Bathing—What Comes First?
Let’s hear it from one of the dog owners.
“I own a huge Shetland Sheepdog. And trust me, it has got the longest fur a dog of his breed could have. To say I would dread the grooming sessions would be an understatement. My hands would literally hurt after doing all the combing and raking.
I would comb Milo first and then bathe him. Never did I realize that I got it all wrong.
One day, I decided to call one of the Sunday grooming sessions a quit and took my dog to a professional grooming expert—Alice. Alice told me that it was the sequence that was making it tough for me to comb Milo. She then showed me how the fur would soften up after Milo took a bath.
Milo’s next due session was on Wednesday. I used Alice’s ‘Bathe first, comb later’ tactic, and it did work for me.”
– Maisse M. (California)
Many of the dog owners have had a similar experience. So, in general, bathing comes first.
Regular brushing or grooming helps to keep the double-coat dog clean and look good. It will not just help to keep your dog’s coat clean and look shiny, but it will also reduce the amount of dog hair accumulation in your home.