If you have a dog whose body is covered with a mass of curly hair, grooming him can seem like your worst nightmare incarnate. Unlike many other types of dogs, those with this type of coat do not shed. While this might be great for those who don't want to deal with dog hair all over the house, it does mean you have to stay on top of grooming or you could end up with a terrible mess of mats that have to be constantly cut out. Although grooming your curly-haired dog might seem a bit intimidating, once you learn how to do it, both you and your pup will be a lot happier.
You might think your dog doesn't care about the condition of his coat. But, the reality is that even in the wild, dogs (think wolves, coyotes) will work at keeping their coats clean and free of tangles and mats. So, when your pup's coat gets all dirty and matted, he is not going to be a happy camper. At the same time, he might not like the brushes, combs, shears, and clippers used for grooming, so a little prep work may be in order to get him comfortable.
Your curly-haired pup likes to look his best. Not only does regular grooming help with this, it also helps remove any excess hair and gives you a chance to look over his body. You can use this time to bond with your pup and to check him over for fleas, ticks, mats, and injuries. Once you get used to grooming your curly-haired pup, it should take less than 30 minutes from start to finish.
Hi there! My little rescue has a very long haired curly tail. Hes pom, schnoodle and cocker spaniel mix. In between groomings id like to trim it as it gets so long (see photo). How can I trim his tail without completely butchering it? I trimmed and it looks so choppy and might have gone too short. Thank you so much :)
Hi Leny! If you want to trim Gambino's tail in between grooms I recommend you get some professional grooming shears to start. You want to extend his stail straight out and brush all hair straight towards the ground. Trim the desired amount off in a straight line or you can make a half circle shape to keep it shorter near the hind end. Be mindful of where the tips of your shears are so you dont clip her legs. You can also have your groomer show you. Good Luck! Paige
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