Tips on Hair Care for Australian Shepherds

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The Australian Shepherds coat is long thick and beautiful.

It comes in a variety of colors such as red, brown, white, and black.

Their coat is often multicolored which makes them unique, even among those that have the same parents.

Caring for an Australian Shepherds coat might seem overwhelming since it’s double coated and involves an outer coat and undercoat.

This can sound quite confusing at first but it’s easier than you think to take care of as a pet parent.

Professional Groomers

Australian Shepherds are often the favorite of many professional groomers.

Their multicolored double coat provides plenty of opportunities for groomers to become creative and design unique styles.

If you plan to groom your dog at home and care for his coat, the following tips will help you become an at-home dog groomer.

Brushing

Your dog has long hair that can become tangled quite easily.

The underlayer can build up quickly and trap heat close to your dog’s skin.

It’s essential to brush your dog’s hair daily or weekly depending on the specific needs of your dog.

Use a dog brush that allows you to reach the top layer to the undercoat in order to remove the hair.

Keeping your dog’s hair brushed on a regular basis will keep his skin healthy and his body comfortable.

Shampoo and Conditioner

Bathing your dog is essential to his overall well being.

Dirt and grime that builds up on the coat and skin can cause irritation and skin ailments.

Shampooing your dog and allowing the shampoo to reach the undercoat and your dog’s skin will prevent skin ailments and infections from developing.

Using the right dog shampoo is essential to keeping your dog’s skin and coat healthy.

Some dogs have sensitivities to harsh chemicals so make sure you avoid using human shampoo or any type of household soap.

There have been reports that some people used dishwashing soap on their dog and it caused a rash and other serious skin issues.

Always wash your dog with high-quality dog shampoo and conditioner.

Trimming

Preventing your dog’s hair from becoming too long will discourage tangles and knots from forming.

Invest in an excellent set of dog hair clippers for an American Shepherd that provide a variety of clip sizes.

This will give you options for cutting your dog’s hair at different lengths.

Generally, you want to use one size clippers for most of the body and then use clippers that provide a closer cut around the ears and face area.

Most dog owners of an Australian Shepherd prefer to keep their dog’s coat looking as natural as possible.

Trimming the coat to a preferred length that is suitable for your dog and helps him feel comfortable is recommended.

Removing Sticky Substances

Your Australian Shepherd enjoys being outdoors running around being mischievous.

This means he has probably come inside with some unusual debris and sticky substances stuck on his coat.

Sometimes it could be tree sap, other times it could be unidentifiable.

Wherever the stickiness originated from is not as important as removing it quickly.

As soon as you notice the substance take action and remove it right away.

Begin by using a fine tooth comb specifically made for dogs.

Stainless steel combs are best suited for removing stickiness from a dog’s hair.

If you are dealing with tree sap, gum or other similar substances it is often helpful to rub an ice cube over the sticky mess and on the hair surrounding the area.

The ice cube will harden the substance and allow you to use the comb to remove it from the hair.

If you are unable to remove it successfully, you might have to use the scissors to cut the hair to remove it before it sticks to any more hair.

If the substance reaches below the surface of the coat and gets embedded deep in the under layers of the coat you can apply a little bit of coconut oil to loosen the substance and carefully comb it out of the hair.

If you find that you needed to cut the hair in the area.

Use the dog hair clippers to trim the rest of the hair in that area as close as possible to the length that you needed to cut the hair.

This will help even up the length and help it grow out evenly.

Shedding

Your dog has an undercoat that builds up with dead hair.

You might think your dog doesn’t shed hair but it’s actually building up underneath the top coat.

This under layer of hair needs to be removed on a regular basis.

Spring and fall weather seasons are considered shedding season for the Australian Shepherd dog breed.

As a pet parent to this breed, you need to release the undercoat by brushing it with a rake brush specifically made for dogs.

Brushing your dog on a daily basis during shedding season will help keep your dog’s skin and coat in good condition.

Allergies

Some dogs suffer from allergies to pollen and other environmental pollutants.

Substances that blow in the air such as pollen, dust, and debris easily get caught in the coat of Australian Shepherds.

It is usually invisible to see but it builds upon the surface of the coat and gradually gets embedded in the deeper layers of the coat.

This means that pollen and other pollutants are getting exposed to your dog and your family.

If your dog is an indoor dog, he can be spreading allergy-causing pollutants throughout your entire home.

Imagine how many surfaces your dog touches throughout the day.

He probably runs through the entire house, sits on the sofa and bed, plus sleeps on the kitchen floor.

If your dog or anyone in your family suffers from allergies due to environmental substances it can become worse if your dog’s coat is not brushed and bathed on a regular basis.

Skin Ailments

Inspecting your dog’s skin during grooming sessions is recommended.

If you are brushing his hair carefully look at his skin to make sure you don’t see anything unusual.

If you notice red spots, blood, sensitive areas or anything that looks unusual, you need to inspect it further.

Some innocent rashes can turn into infections if your dog scratches the area hard enough to cause damage to the skin or bleeding.

Calming your Dog

Grooming your dog’s coat is a bonding experience for both of you.

Some dogs feel nervous when they see the dog clippers and start shaking.

Some dogs run into another room to avoid getting their hair groomed.

It’s best to build a trusting bond with your dog from the very beginning, which means during the first week you bring your puppy home or welcome your adopted dog into your family.

Creating a quiet environment is beneficial, sometimes classical music other similar types of music can help calm a dog.

Always have a plan for the grooming session.

Usually, this includes brushing, removing tangles, bathing, drying and trimming of the coat.

Creating a routine and completing each step is recommended to assure you are providing the best dog hair care for your pet.

Investing in good quality dog hair clippersbrushes, combs and shampoos will make caring for your dog’s hair easier.

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