The health of a properly groomed Collie will be
reflected, for better or for worse, in the appearance of
the coat. A greasy feel to the coat may indicate a yeast
infection. Very dry, flaky coats can indicate endocrine
problems such as hormonal imbalances or problems with the
thyroid gland. If, despite proper care, brushing and
nutrition, your collie's coat looks lifeless, dirty or
sparse, consult your veterinarian.
Trimming Hair on a Border Collie
Border collies come with a variety of coat
lengths, ranging from short to medium-length to very
long. However, all border collies have a thick undercoat,
and the fur can easily become matted if left ungroomed.
Because grooming your dog can be tricky, you should take
the dog to a professional
groomer for major haircuts, to remove excessive
matting, or about once every three months.
However, trimming your
border collie's hair can lengthen the time
between grooming sessions and prevent matting.
Brush your dog's coat
completely from head to tail before attempting
to groom them. A slicker brush works well for the winter
months, when your border collie is not heavily shedding.
For the summer months, try brushing with a shedding blade
first, which will remove loose and excess hair. Then
brush with the slicker brush.
Remove mats using the mat splitter. If the mats are very
thick, you can use an electric hair trimmer to remove
them instead. This method also works well for dogs that
are skittish and will not sit still to have mats removed.
Simply run the trimmer across the top and sides of the
mat until it is gone. If you still can't get the mats
out, you'll need to cut the hair using blunt-nosed
scissors. Cut immediately above the mat, making sure to
separate your dog's hair from skin. Mats are often
located in sensitive areas or close to skin, so
investigate the area closely before cutting.
Trim excess hair around your dog's feet. Border collies
are notoriously sensitive about having their feet
touched. While scissors will give a neater, cleaner look,
you may need to use the electric trimmer, which will work
more quickly. Ensure that the hair is not growing over
the ends of the toes, and remove any excess hair growing
between the pads of your dog's feet.
Trim the hair around your dog's ears. A thorough ear
cleaning and trimming should only be done by a
professional groomer. However, you can gently remove
stray hairs with your scissors. Check for mats behind the
ears and, if you see any, remove them with the electric
Trim the hair on your dog's tail. This hair tends to grow
fastest and gets dirty easily, making it a prime location
for matting. Excessive trimming will result in a bizarre,
uneven look, so focus instead on removing hairs that are
longer than the rest of your dog's fur and checking for
mats. It's generally easiest to do this on the tail with
the electric trimmers.
Tips & Warnings
- Give your dog lots of treats and praise when trimming
- Trimming in an enclosed area, such as a bathroom, can
help calm your dog.
- If your dog has any aggressive tendencies, do not
attempt to give them a haircut yourself.
- Slicker brush
- Shedding blade
- Mat splitter
- Blunt-nosed scissors
- Electric hair trimmer
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