A longhaired dog's coat needs a more extensive beauty routine. In general, longhaired dogs require more maintenance from you, and perhaps others, to keep clean and clipped.
Here are some basics to keep in mind when bathing your dog:
- Longhaired dogs require brushing before a bath.
Although shorthaired dogs will benefit, longhaired dogs
require it so that the water doesn't cause mats in the
- Although some dogs fuss when getting drenched with
water, it is important to wet their hair thoroughly.
Make sure that the dog's coat gets very wet-and is wet
all over. Adjusting the water temperature to warm-never
cold-helps with a dog's resistance.
- Depending on how dirty your dog is, use ample
shampoo. Longhaired dogs require more since they have
more hair. Make sure that the dog's hair is
well-lathered and that the whole body is covered,
especially in the hard-to-reach places like under the
armpits, belly, and the rear end.
- All dogs need a thorough rinsing, and this is a
tougher task for longhaired dogs. Leftover suds can
cause itching and skin problems, so rinse and rinse
until the water headed down the drain runs clear.
- Condition. Most longhaired dogs will benefit from
conditioning-especially when it's time to brush them
after the bath. Repeat the steps above described for
shampoo and rinsing, but use conditioner.
- Some shorthaired dogs-especially in the summer-</
SPAN>can simply shake and go, but toweling off helps
keep flying water at a minimum. Always have two towels
ready, especially for longhaired dogs. Dogs dry faster
when you remove as much water as possible with a towel
versus a hairdryer.
- Lastly, longhaired dogs need a good brushing and drying with a hairdryer to show off their coats. Make sure you use a cold setting on the hairdryer to avoid burning your dog's skin. This last step is often the most time-consuming part of bath time, so find a comfortable space for both you and your dog.