Dogs with double coats shed their thick, insulating undercoat once or twice a year, and the natural shedding keeps them warm in all seasons. Regular grooming aids in the removal of the undercoat, hastening the transition and reducing the amount of loose hair in your house.
Brush your dog every day as he changes his coat to help eliminate dead hair and prevent it from covering your house. The brush you require depends on the kind of hair your dog has, although most double-coated breeds react well to pin or slicker brushes. Begin brushing near your dog’s head and work your way down to the skin, one tiny area at a time. Before moving on to the next area to repeat the procedure, brush until the bristles flow smoothly through his hair. Continue brushing your dog from front to back until he is completely covered.
Rakes, Combs And Splitters
A specialist tool may be needed for puppies whose hair is too thick or dense to benefit from a normal brush. Shedding rakes or combs are intended to assist draw shedding hair out of even the hardest undercoats. Work in tiny areas, just as you would with a normal brush. Run the rake or comb through his hair like a brush, a single area at a time, until the instrument goes through smoothly. Because shedding hair tangles, have a mat splitter on hand to break them up and remove them. When using a mat splitter on your dog, be cautious. You want to get down to the skin of your dog’s coat, but you don’t want to harm him in the process.
In The Bathtub
After you’ve brushed, raked, and combed your dog, give him a bath to loosen up his undercoat even more. Cover the drain with a cloth to prevent hair from clogging it. Wet him thoroughly with your hands, massaging the water in. Make a lather with mild dog shampoo and massage it into his damp coat. Rinse him well and continue to do so until the water flows clean. As you rinse, shedding hair should fall out, so keep washing and rubbing your hands over his coat to get as much of it out as possible. Brush him again after squeezing the extra water out of his coat.
Do Not Shave
Shaving your dog to reduce shedding may seem like a good idea, but double-coated dogs should never be shaved. Shaving causes their follicles to act differently, which may produce an uneven coat when they regenerate. A dog’s coat also serves as insulation, keeping him warm in the winter and cool in the summer by shielding it from the sun and the weather. Shaving him eliminates this layer of protection, leaving him susceptible to heatstroke and sunburn.