How to Take Care of Long-haired Dogs

Looking after long-haired dogs can be fairly easy, so long as you make sure to do simple, yet regular maintenance, so that their coat can always look good. 

If your BFF is a long-haired dog, you know that they need that extra bit of care. You'd want to ensure that they look their best at all times, and that their fur remains tangle-free and unmatted. Regardless of whether you have a Lhasa Apso, a Maltese, a Shih Tzu or even a Terrier, you might struggle with keeping them looking fabulous all the time. So, here are a few tips that you can follow, to better look after your long-haired furry buddy! 

Groom, Groom, Groom 
Depending on the breed and type of coat, long - haired dogs need regular grooming, clipping and washing, to ensure they stay in tip-top condition. A regular visit to the groomers is the best way to ensure your dog’s coat remains as clean and tangle-free as possible. This is especially important for long-haired dogs. A good groomer has special techniques to clean the fur and work out every possible issue with long hair.

It's Bathtime! 
In between trips to the groomer, regular bathing is important. Dirt and debris can create tangles. A high-quality dog shampoo, which is free of soap will clean your dog’s coat effectively. Follow this up with a good dog conditioner to ensure a silky smooth coat that is free of tangles. When you are going through the process of bathing your dog, make sure to work the shampoo, conditioner, and water in well with your fingers, so the entire coat is cleaned. Make sure your keep water out of their eyes and ears! 

Try to Keep Them Out of the Mud 
It also helps if you keep your furry buddy out of muddy ponds and puddles, and keep a watchful eye on their dust baths. Funnily enough, most long-haired dogs love a good sand shower, and see dusty areas as the perfect playpen! Or they absolutely insist on crashing into the undergrowth and come out covered in twigs and thorns! If your dog loves doing this, then try to make sure you brush him frequently enough to get rid of the muck. 

Get Them to Sit Still 
Many dogs have a hard time sitting or standing still long enough to make a grooming sessions really matter. It can be difficult to deal with, but you can do a few things to make this process easier. A little snack can help ease anxiety or bust boredom. A little bit of encouragement goes a long way! You can also go over the coat little-by-little, instead of trying to brush and clean all of it in one go. This staggered method might be more effective with your restless pet. 

Use Sprays and Wipes 
Sometimes, it isn't always possible to bath your dog, at these times, coat cleaners that can be sprayed, dry shampoos, or wet wipes can all help keep your doggie looking clean, feeling good and smelling amazing. Look for tea tree and aloe vera enriched formulas for antibacterial action as well as moisturisation. 

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