How to groom a long haired dog – Dog grooming demonstration

This is Izzy a six month old Shih Zhu . She’s
a typical example of a long haired breed. She’s about to have a makeover in the hands
of a real expert. Jitka Krizova is one of Europe’s top dog groomers. Sasha is enjoying herself. Originally from Slovakia, she now lives and
works in Britain. She’s been showing and grooming dogs for 20 years and has won an impressive
array of awards. British Groomer of the Year Award 2006, Eurogroom winner three times in
a row and in 2011 she clipped and snipped her way to the World Championships as a member
of Groom Team England. Jitka’s sharing her champion tips and techniques to help you keep
your dog in pristine condition. A long lavish coat like this won’t stay that
way unless you’re prepared to groom your dog properly. Other breeds with coats like Izzy’s
include the Bearded Collie, Lhasa Apso, Maltese and Yorkshire Terrier. So the grooming techniques
are very similar. If we brush this coat regularly, we can keep
it beautiful and long. After bathing and towel drying your dog it’s
a good idea to use leave in conditioner to make removing any tangles easier If you want to keep your dog in tip top condition
Jitka recommends visiting a professional groomer every four to six weeks. In between times
you should bath your dog once a week and brush and comb her every day if you can . If this coat is not brushed on a regular basis
it can get tangled very easily. A matted coat is uncomfortable for a dog. It can cause skin
irritation and skin inflammation. Regular grooming is vital for dogs with long
coats. If the fur gets matted it may have to be shaved off and it can take up to a year
for it to grow back. To finish off the drying process Jitka is
using a professional dryer for dogs but any home hair dryer will do. Just remember to
keep it on a low heat and don’t hold it too close to the dog’s body. I’m using a soft slicker brush. The technique
I’m using is called line brushing. With this technique you make sure the coat gets brushed
right down to the skin. Line brushing is a precise process that involves
pulling the dog’s hair apart and brushing the undercoat. Jitka divides Izzy’s coat into
sections and brushes small areas at a time, working in the direction of the hair. When you brush the face you have to be extra
careful of her eyes and nose. Protect the eye with your finger and brush around. Then
comb. When Jitka has finished brushing and drying
she combs the coat through to ensure there are no more tangles.
Izzy’s owner has chosen to keep her dog’s coat in a traditional long haired style. Other
owners may find it more manageable to have the coat trimmed short. Long-haired breeds have hairy feet. We can
see the hair between the pads. Long hair can collect dirt and debris. This is why we remove
with small scissors. This is something you can do at home. Grooming should be enjoyable for both you
and your dog. Start early when your dog is a puppy. Buy a soft brush and comb and get
her used to short grooming sessions. Izzy’s now finished. This whole procedure
took about an hour and should be done at least once a week. If you get a long-haired breed,
you have to be prepared to put a lot of effort into bathing and brushing your dog. As well as regular brushing it’s important
to trim your dog’s nails every four to six weeks – and to check her ears for infection

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