How to Groom a Dog with Thick Hair

Easy
15 - 30 Minutes
1 Month

Introduction

There is more than one reason to keep your dog's coat neatly groomed. Not only does it keep him looking his best, but a neatly groomed coat has a number of health benefits. When your dog has a thick coat, he tends to shed almost constantly, leaving a coating of hair on virtually any surface in your home, especially the floors. 

Grooming your dog is a great way to bond with him, it is also a good way to keep the number of times you have to replace your vacuum cleaner to a minimum. Bear in mind, your pup's thick coat consists of several layers of different lengths of hair. Knowing how to groom this particular type of hair can make the whole process easier and go faster. 

Dog's Perspective

Most dogs with thick coats will shed or "blow-out" their coats twice each year, once to shed their winter coat in the spring and once in the fall to get rid of their summer coat. In the wild, wolves use brush, trees, even long grasses to help remove the extra hair, something your domesticated dog cannot do.

At home, he may try to use your furniture and carpets to achieve the same results. But, this never works as well as using brush. You should be grooming your pup's hair once a week to keep the piles of hair floating around your home to a minimum. Your pup will certainly appreciate it and so will everyone in your home. 

The De-Mat First Method

Effective
0 Votes
Slicker Brush
Shampoo
Scissors
Pin Brush
Dematter
Clipper
Dryer
Towel
Step
1
Use the de-matting brush first
For this step, you need a de-matting tool. This type of brush is designed to be worked gently through your dog's thick coat. It features a retractable cover that goes over the blades. As long as there are no mats in his coat, it acts like any other brush. When it encounters a mat, the cover retracts, exposing the blade so that it can gently cut out any mats.
Step
2
Shedding brush next
Next up is the shedding tool, which is used to brush through your pup's heavy coat, going from front to rear in the direction the hair grows. Go slowly and use short strokes of approximately six inches. Be sure to clean the brush out frequently and keep going over your pup's hair several times until the brush comes out clean.
Step
3
Run a bath
Run your pup a nice, lukewarm bath. The temperature is important, as water that is too cold will make your pup not want to get into the bath, while water that is too hot could burn his skin. This will work even better if you have one of those shower heads on a hose that you can use to get him wet and rinse the shampoo out.
Step
4
Shampoo and set
Using a veterinarian-approved shampoo, work a small amount into every inch of his coat, avoiding the insides of his ears and his eyes. Work it into his coat, scrubbing gently until you are sure it is nice and clean.
Step
5
The rinse cycle
Using either the shower hose or a pitcher, thoroughly rinse his coat. You need to keep rinsing until there are no traces of shampoo left. This is important, as any leftover shampoo could lead to skin or other health issues.
Step
6
Finishing it all up
Using a boar bristle brush, go over his coat to remove any tangles and give your pup a nice shiny coat. Give his coat plenty of time to air dry and then give it one more run through with the brush, this will remove any tangles that might still be there and help to spread his natural oils throughout his coat.
Recommend grooming method?

The Multi-Brush Method

Effective
0 Votes
Slicker Brush
Shampoo
Scissors
Pin Brush
Deshedder
Dematter
Comb
Clipper
Dryer
Towel
Step
1
Bath first
A great way to start the grooming process is to give your dog a bath. This will remove any dirt, debris, fleas, and at least some of the mats and tangles in his coat. It is also far nicer to groom your pup if he is nice and clean at the beginning. Most of us don't want to get too close to our dogs when they don't smell good.
Step
2
To the grooming spot
Choose a spot in your home where you will always groom your pup and call your dog to it. By using the same place each time, your dog will become used to it and be more relaxed when it comes to grooming.
Step
3
The de-matting tool
The de-matter is used to remove mats. Start at his underbelly with the brush down at skin level and work your way out approximately 2 inches from his skin. The de-matting tool will help remove any mats in his hair. If necessary, you can also use shears to cut out the mats.
Step
4
Shedding brush next
Once you have gone over his coat with the de-matting brush, you need to go back over it with a shedding brush. This brush is designed to remove the huge amounts of excess hair hiding in his coat. Go over his whole coat, paying close attention to his underbelly. Clean the brush out frequently and work until no more hair comes out in the brush.
Step
5
Clip and cut
Use a boar hair brush go over his entire coat, brushing from front to rear in the direction his hair grows naturally. Use a pair of thinning shears or electric clippers to trim back any long hair and then give him one final all over brush to spread his natural oils through the hair, leaving it looking shiny and beautiful.
Recommend grooming method?

Caution & Considerations

  • Unless your vet recommends it, you should never shave a dog with thick hair all the way down to his skin. This could lead to a number of skin conditions and sunburn.

  • Shaving him could also lead to his hair growing back in unsightly patches.

  • If you can't tell which way your pup's hair naturally grows, ask your vet, he can tell you.

  • If your dog's hair tends to tangle easily and heavily, you can buy spray-in detanglers for dogs that will make the job of brushing him out much easier.

  • While weekly grooming is usually enough, during shed season, daily brushing will help reduce mats, reduce the amount of hair on your carpets, and save your vacuum cleaner from a premature death.

  • Always remove all traces of shampoo from your pup's coat to avoid several health issues. 

Conclusion

Grooming your pup will help him look and feel better. It will also help you build a better bond with each other and give you a chance to go over his body checking for fleas, ticks, mats, tangles, cuts, and anything else unusual. It could save his life!

Success Stories and Grooming Questions

Book me a walkiee?
Pweeeze!