How To Groom a Dog With An Undercoat
All dogs that are double-coated have what is called an “undercoat”. On the other hand, single-coated dogs do not. Examples of breeds that are considered double-coated dogs are the Collie, Pomeranian, Siberian Husky, Samoyed, Golden Retriever and the Akita.
When a dog sheds, the undercoat is largely blamed for the biggest percentage of fur released. Although most dogs constantly shed, the breeds that are double-coated will also shed their undercoats seasonally. Therefore, it is not uncommon to see immense shedding beginning in the spring and summer months. The seasonal shedding is referred to as “blowing” coat, and if you learn how to groom a dog effectively, you will reduce the shedding and make the dog look better.
So, you have decided you want to learn how to groom a dog with an undercoat, and don’t know where to start. Well, not to worry, follow our simple instructions below and you will see how easy it can be, given you have the know-how and correct tools.
If you want to learn how to groom a dog with an undercoat, the following guide will help you from start until finish.
- Begin by using a de-matting rake to brush the dog’s coat. These types of rakes have blades that are perfect for cutting through matted chunks of fur, including those mats in the undercoat. The blades become active when the rake senses resistance. In other words, the rake will not cut fur that is not matted. Use the rake over the dog’s entire body to make sure all mats are removed.
- Next, you will brush the dog with a shedding blade or an undercoat rake. Make sure that you brush the dog’s fur the same direction that it grows. This means that you go from head to tail, and you should do so using short six-inch strokes. Begin at the top of the dog, and work your way towards the back. When you have removed all loose fur, the brush will come back clean. Occasionally clean the rake of fur as it begins to accumulate.
- Protect your dog’s ears from water by simply placing large cotton balls in the opening of both ears.
- Place your dog inside the sink or bathtub. Then you will begin to saturate the dog’s fur with water that is luke warm.
- Add a coin-sized amount of dog shampoo to the palm of your hands, and then rub your hands together. Once you have the shampoo on your hands, work it into the dog’s skin and coat until it begins to lather.
- Rinse the dog thoroughly with warm water. Make sure you rinse all traces of soap; the water will run clear when all suds are gone.
- Remove the cotton balls from your dog’s ears, and towel dry the fur.
- Next, you will use a boar bristle brush to brush the dog’s coat once more. This will smooth the coat and remove any tangles that may still be present.
- Allow the dog’s fur to dry naturally. Once your dog is completely dry, brush the coat using the undercoat rake one more time. This will help to remove any loose undercoat fur that is still remaining.
- Finish up by brushing the dog with the boar bristle brush to remove any remaining fur and smooth the coat.
Now that you have performed a complete groom on your dog and its undercoat, it is important that you maintain the groom. This is made easier by brushing your dog daily. In addition, it is a good idea to go over the undercoat one time each day using the comb, as well as using the boar bristle brush to improve the coat’s shine by distributing the oils properly.
You will see that when it comes to knowing how to groom a dog, the boar bristle brush will be a great tool if you don’t want to use scissors to cut mats out of the fur.
On the other hand, the boar bristle brush will help if you use it to gently teach and brush tangles out. It’s most effective if you start at the tip and brush it down toward the root. This process can be both painful and time-consuming; so make sure you are fully prepared for what you are about to take on.
Grooming a dog with an undercoat is made much easier if you have a sink with a hose, or a shower with a removable shower head. However, if you don’t, you can still groom your dog at home using a small bucket or cup to rinse the soap off during the bathing process. Regardless what tool you use to remove the soap from the dog’s fur, the important thing is that you remove 100% of the soap. If you fail to remove traces of soap, it can cause an allergic reaction or itchy skin for the dog.
In the end, our guide above should teach you exactly how to groom a dog with an undercoat. If you follow our simple step-by-step directions you cannot go wrong. What you will get is a dog with a coat that looks smooth, shiny and healthy!
Photo Credit: Collie, by sannse at the City of Birmingham Championship Dog Show, 30th August 2003, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported