No one truly looks forward to giving their long-haired pooch a bath. The good news about this is that most long-haired dogs like Fabio rarely need to be bathed more than a couple of times a year. Be sure to check with your vet to see how often you should be bathing Fabio. Keep in mind, bathing him too frequently will strip his skin and coat of the natural oils they need to remain healthy. Of course, no one ever said bathing a long-haired dog was going to be easy. There will be tangles and mats to deal with, along with a heavy accumulation of dirt. That all has to be removed, making the job that much more challenging.
Being brushed is the last thing your dog Fabio wants to deal with. That is with the exception of being bathed. But, when you put the two of them together, he is really not going to be very happy with you. No matter what Fabio thinks, you must get the mats out of his coat. Leaving them in can lead to serious skin sores and infection as they continue to rub his skin raw.
Bathing a dog with long hair can be quite challenging. The best thing you can do to make it easier for both of you is to keep his coat brushed on a daily basis. Not only will this help keep tangles and mats from happening, it helps to remove debris rather than letting it build up. Take your time! There's no reason to rush and Fabio will learn to appreciate bath time with enough care and patience.