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GROOMING YOUR COLLIE

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By definition, the Collie (rough) has a long shaggy coat. Surprisingly, though, does not require huge amounts of care. Bath your puppy or dog only as often as is required, usually once every month or two. After bathing, towel the dog dry as much as possible, and then let them dry naturally. With a small puppy, after bathing they may become very cold and shiver uncontrollably, even in summer. Provide them with a warm place to stay, or cuddle them in their blanket until dry. You may use a hair dryer, although it will take several attempts to accustom your puppy to the sensation and noise.

Once dry, use an ordinary dog brush or a long haired dog brush to go over the coat thoroughly. But, use only those brushes which have the tips of the teeth protected with a plastic knob or dot. The large, oval shaped headed brush with metal bristles tipped with plastic are wonderful. Brush the fur the opposite way to fluff it and remove all tangles, and then gently brush back down at the end. Ensure there are no knots, especially behind the ears, in the rough, under the arms or in the "skirts" (fur around the bottom).

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Brushing is only required once every week, more often if you wish to. More frequent brushing ensures no large knots develop. If knots do occur try to work them out with a metal dog comb, or cut at them with thinning scissors and then comb them out. Only cut knots out with regular scissors as a last resort, as it is always unsightly to see a Collie with chunks of their fur missing. Collies regularly lose their coat each summer, and will remain thinly coated through the hotter months. At the onset of winter it will again thicken. Bitches will tend to lose at least some of their coat 2 - 3 months after each heat. When losing a coat, do not be concerned if chunks of loose fluffy undercoat come out when combed, or handfuls of long outer coat. They may lose huge amounts of their coat all at once (such as a full shopping bag), or hardly anything. It depends on the individual dog.

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Just like any breed of dog, the collies must have their claws clipped about every two weeks. You may find that as a puppy the claws need extra attention, growing very quickly. Be careful not to clip the claws too closely, as if the quick is cut the claw will bleed and your puppy will yelp and cry. In addition to this it is suggested that you clip the fur around the paws, the "booties", and the fur in-between the underside of the toes, to make neat and more clean paws. An unclipped paw can track in a LOT of mud and dirt from the outside. Also, the tuft of fur between the back paw and the knee joint may be trimmed and neatened to your liking. For showing it is usually left relatively long, but trimmed even. Some people prefer the fur cut short. It is really just preference.




Collie (Rough & Smooth) Society of Western Australia Inc.
Web: www.geocities.com/collieclubwa/

Last Update: 06/02/07 12:42 Views: 2043

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