Tips on Grooming
FOR MAINTAINING A FULL COAT:
Always lightly mist coat with conditioner.
Start your line brushing along spine making part in coat with pin brush
Brush out the ends of the hair first, then start each brushstroke from nearer and nearer the skin until you can pass the brush from skin to hair ends without encountering any tangles.
When the top of the dog is brushed lie the dog on his side and keep going,
Be respectful of coat and skin: Be gentle. You always need to see skin at the part line in hair as you gradually work down each side of the body towards the legs. This is the only effective way to have inspected all of your dog's skin for problems.
If there are mats in the coat, break them gently apart with your fingers and brush out each small section of mat.
Trim nails and shave between foot pads. Ears needs to be kept clean as well as teeth and eyes
Tools: Gentle pin brush, wide tooth comb, spray bottle, scissors, nail clipper, ear cleanser and cotton balls, tooth cleaner (canine, not human) and gauze or brush.
Of great help is a grooming table and arm because it limits the dog's area of movement and makes it easier on your back.
Grooming is also bonding and relaxing time with your dog !!! Make it fun!!!
ALL OUR PUPPIES CLIENTS ARE GIVEN A GROOMING LESSON WHEN THEY VISIT US
Beard whitening tips:
Heavily borrowed from the website of respected breeder and dog show judge, Ms. Edy Dykstra-Blum - Bizzeeboots OES
There is no substitute for frequent washing and drying. I like the 2nd
"cure" on the list below, but it needs to be done daily. None of the
shampoos works miracles. Bleach/peroxide are damaging to hair and irritating to
skin. Once the beard is stained the only thing that truly works is to shave the
dog down and resolve to stay on top of it better next time as the hair grows
Or you can just expect the beard to be brown and love the dog anyway!
Milk of Magnesia and Hydrogen Peroxide in a 50/50 solution. Add cornstarch
to thicken to paste. Apply liberally, work well into coat, allow to dry
completely, brush out.
Metal X shampoo made by Clairol, which is available from a beauty supply
store, be careful not to get in dogs eyes, leave in for 10 minutes and
rinse thoroughly. May need some more applications
Ivory Dishwashing liquid, Glycerine and White vinegar. 1:1:1.
small amounts into discoloured coat, let sit for 3 to 5 minutes and rinse
thoroughly, multiple applications make the difference.
5oz Glycerine Gel
5oz Ivory Snow Dishwashing liquid
5oz Shimmering Lights
Mix with water in 1 gal. bottle, until 3/4 full. Use as shampoo
Lights, also by Clairol, be careful with porous coat as this will leave a
Massengill powdered douche mixed and left on yellow stains.
Woolite full strength, let sit a few minutes before rinsing-- takes a few
times to see results.
a last resort:
Cream peroxide 30 volume, stage 7 bleach
and 2 applicators (all available at the beauty supply store). Apply to
stained areas and leave in for 30 minutes. Be careful not to touch the skin
as this may burn, rinse with COOL water and apply conditioner to close the
pores of the coat to prevent breakage and re-staining.
SHAMPOOS that purport to help make whites appear more white include:
Systems whitening shampoo; White on White; Bio Groom Super white; Plum White
by Kelco; and Kote Glo and Self Rinse Plus, both waterless shampoos.
Dr. Sandra Crowne, LadyKin OES
CKC Breeder of the Year1998 & 2001
Home of Canada's #1 OES 1986 & 2003
519 634 5548
659 Columbia Forest Blvd
Waterloo, Ontario, N2V 2K7
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