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Grooming Seminar – Sheltie/Collie

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BRUSH, COMB & BATHE
BIB
EARS
EAR TAPING
FEATHERS
FEET
FINAL TOUCHES
HEAD
HOCKS
PADS
RUFF
SHOULDERS
SKIRT/PANTS
SKULL
TAIL
TOPLINE
TUCK
TUFFS
UNDERJAW  
WHISKERS
ACCOUNT STATUS

 

This Online Seminar has been developed by popular demand (really from puppy buyers and individuals that express an interest in learning how to groom) as I am often asked to teach fanciers how to groom the Shetland Sheepdog and yes, Rough Collies too.Show & Tell:  An accumulation of video clips collected throughout the years; what I find most valuable,  I am sharing with you now. Everyone does everything a little differently but I personally  find these techniques to be simple and suitable for the show ring.

THE BEST GROOMED DOG WINS! Words of Wisdom:
Y
ou will gain confidence and skill the more practice you allow yourself so start by grooming your own non-show dogs. If you are a show home, you should already be able to maintain your show dogs in between professional handler groomings (i.e., nails and feet). To become more advanced and skillful, I attended every grooming seminar out there then practiced by volunteering at animal shelters. After that I mustered up the courage to do my own by mastering one item at a time. Needless to say, if you are a non-show home, go for it and keep your companion in shape! Do not over trim. Less is more. Puppies are usually tidied up and not trimmed, except for the whiskers and bottom of the pads (nails of course are kept short), the reason being that later on you will not have the excess hair necessary to trim the adolescent dog properly. Never cut guard hairs. If you would like your dog to have less of a coat for say… the summer months, thin out the coat with thinning shears from underneath the top coat (near the undercoat). You will lose the rich color of the top coat if you trim the guard hairs from above. After the coat is thinned out, tidy up the “look” as I have explained above.

For more information,
feel free
to contact Miss Dee @
WSilver569@aol.com

 

Hey! A shout out to all you sheltie grooming fanatics and experts!

If you have a grooming tip and/or digital video, send it along for publication. We would love hearing from you.

This is our first AOC (any other color) American Champion, Ch Silver Trails The Dreamcatcher  “Bucky” short for  Buckwheat, bred by Walter & Dee Silverstein, Co-Owned by Michael Pinckes.

(Video Clips are accompanied by the script for the hearing impaired.)

NEVER SHAVE A SHELTIE COAT unless of course there is excessive matting – that would be the ONLY exception to this rule.

The grooming schedule for any long-haired dog is:  brush daily and comb weekly down to the skin. I tell owners, if you don’t have the time or inclination to do it yourself then you MUST pay to have it done and done often and thoroughly.

The same with nails. Keep them short to prevent arthritis. Long nails can send trauma up through the tiny joints in the feet and splay the feet. That click click sound on the tile is telling you TRIM MY NAILS! So… cut or dremel weekly, see dremel instructions at:

http://www.doberdawn.com/doberdawn/dremel.html

Keep the eyes, teeth and
ears clean.

Eyes:  Eyes should be bright, clean and clear and the eye rims should be very dark. All of our show dogs and puppy show prospects are certified “clear” beginning at 7 weeks of age. It is recommended that all breed dogs be cerf’d. annually. If you have an eye issue we recommend locally Susan M. Carastro DVM, MS, 561-967-5966.

Teeth: I recommend using a toothpaste specifically formulated for dogs such as Petrodex with a finger brush and Virbac C.E.T. Oral Hygiene Rinse. Have your veterinarian set you up with a complete package.

Ears: I recently purchased from my veterinarian a product called “After Care Maintenance Otic Solution for Dogs” to be used for long term continuous maintenance of the ear canal. I gently clean the ears with cotton balls with a little of this solution. If this doesn’t help the build up of dirt and/or wax, you may want to consult your veterinarian for a possible yeast infection.

*Ear Setting:  As a breeder, I like to see a good effort made to properly tip the ears. It’s not difficult and when you get the hang of it, it’s easy and what a difference over prick ears. PLLLEEEZZZZZZZ!

This is our first sable female American Champion, Ch Silver Trails Fancy That! “Darla” (shown here as a puppy) bred & owned by Walter & Dee Silverstein.

*At just 12 weeks, Darla had the most lovely ear set. Keep puppies braced until the adult teeth are fully in.

 

OBESITY: Please, do not let your sheltie become obese.
A standard sheltie should weigh 1.5 lbs. per inch of height measured from the withers down to the floor. If you cannot feel the ribs and hip bones and basically feels like a stuffed sausage, your sheltie is overweight.

ALRIGHT!
SEE YOU SOON WITH MORE EXCITING GROOMING TECHNIQUES 🙂

This is our first sable American Champion, Ch Silver Trails WYSIWYG “Alfie” short for Alfalfa, bred & owned by Walter & Dee Silverstein.