Caring can be an endless task when owning a long-haired dog. However, the benefits of taking the time to do so are enormous. You really need to create a schedule for grooming your dog regularly, and depending on the breed, this can mean twice a week. If you set aside 30 minutes of grooming time twice a week, you will significantly reduce your dog's rejection. If you find that your dog has gotten into something outside, like the burs, stop and get them out right away, this saves time in the long run.

Care consists of a few different things. The first is brushing. You should give your dog's entire body a good brush. Start with a brush and brush the whole body. When you are done with that, you can move to a comb to get rid of any remaining loose fur. Be sure to check your dog's skin to make sure they do not have ticks or fleas or other skin problems.

Bathing is the next step in caring for your long-haired dog. You will always want to make sure that you have brushed your dog well before bathing them. This removes any tangles and makes it easier. Never use human shampoo on a dog. You should always use a dog shampoo. They are specially designed for a dog's skin. You do not have to give your dog a bath often, but it is nice to help them stay clean and take good care of them.

One problem with long-haired dogs is mats. This can be avoided with good care. In fact, you should brush your dog daily to help keep the coat clear and free of mats. If your dog gets a mat, the best way to handle it is to work through it with a metal comb. It is not recommended to use scissors to cut it out, as it is very easy to cut the dog's skin when trying to cut out the mat. Just brush slowly through it and it will come out.

Trimming your dog's nails is another important part of grooming. A dog's nails will just continue to grow and may grow into the dog's foot. This is very uncomfortable for your dog. Check your dog's nails every few weeks and be sure to trim them. When trimming your dog's nails, be careful not to cut them too far down, otherwise you will cut quickly. If you cut quickly, it will cause bleeding. You can stop the bleeding by applying styptic powder or using a styptic stick.

You should also check your dog's ears regularly. They may not only get dirty, but they may get mites. Both are easily remedied but can cause problems if not taken care of in a timely manner. Use a cleansing solution on a cotton swab and simply wipe your dog's ears.

Care is an important part of a long-haired dog's life. It takes time and you have to keep an eye on it to keep problems at bay. If you find that you do not have time to care for your dog as often as you should, you can always take them to a groomer. These are professionals who can do all the things we have discussed in this article. Whether you do it yourself or get someone else to do it, grooming is a must when owning a long-haired dog.

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Care consists of a few different things. The first is brushing. You should give your dog's entire body a good brush.