A small and sturdy dog full of energy, character, intelligence, active and normally responds well to training. To make your grooming life easier start grooming them as puppies getting them used to brushing and washing.
The Border Terrier has a coarse medium length topcoat,with a soft undercoat and sheds minimally throughout the year. They require grooming 1 or 2 times a week and we would recommend a good brush every three day’s or more frequently if on his walks he has burrs etc in his coat.
To maintain their coat in great condition brush every three days and bathe them as and when required but try to limit this to once a month if your dog does not get too mucky, otherwise you may soften the coarse top coat, and also remove natural oils from their coat.
Nails need clipping monthly and if not comfortable or sure do not do yourself take to your local groomer and whilst at the groomers ask them to check the ears and advise you on how to best care for ears and their coats, they have huge knowledge and will be delighted to give you help.
So in between these visits keep your Border Terrier in great condition by having your own washing and grooming sessions at home, this can be a rewarding and fun experience and keep your pets coat in Tip Top condition and enable you to check the dogs skins for any problems..
Before you start your shower and grooming sessions make sure you have all tools and materials required: –
Shampoo ensure you use a specific Dog Shampoo this will ensure that the Fur is maintained in great condition, Human Shampoos have different formulas not always compatible with Dogs. Border Terriers coats respond well to a good conditioner so we would recommend you regularly use a conditioner.
Towels 1 x Roses PVA Mega Absorbent Towel, and I x Roses Large Microfibre Towel
1 x Roses Grooming and Drying Brush
1 x Good Quality Dog Pin Head Brush and Stainless Steel Comb
A good supply of treats
Washing your Border Terrier
Before bathing give your dog a good brush to ensure that there are no mats or tangle as these will become worse if you wet the coat prior to his wash.
For all Border Terrier’s we advise you to use the shower, (and use a non-slip shower mat) as washing in the sink or bath may result in your dog jumping out and potentially harming itself. If you do choose to use the sink or bath again a non-slip mat and if possible secure your dog to stop it jumping out and hurting itself. Ensure the water is a comfortable temperature not too hot or too cold use the shower attachment to thoroughly wet your dog’s coat and then apply the shampoo and knead it thoroughly into the coat, making sure you wash the soft undercoat. If your dog has got extremely dirty you may need to repeat this process, but wherever possible we would recommend one shampoo only. Now this is important when rinsing the shampoo out you must ensure that all shampoo is rinsed away as any residue can cause itchiness. Another key point we would make is to avoid getting shampoo into the eyes and try to keep the inside of ears dry away from shampoo and water. Starting from the head and working towards the tail can minimise the risk of shampoo in the eyes and ears. For washing of the face use the Mega Absorbent PVA Towel rinse it out thoroughly then squeeze out excess water and essentially use as a flannel, and if the face is very dirty rinse and repeat.
If using a conditioner repeat process and again make sure the conditioner is thoroughly rinsed out of the coat
When coat thoroughly rinsed it is time to dry and technique is important here to keep your dog’s coat in great condition. Firstly, dab the coat all over with the Roses Mega Absorbent PVA Towel, squeezing excess water out often to ensure maximum absorbency. Once all surplus water is removed then wrap your Border Terrier in a Roses Large Microfibre Towel gently dabbing and rubbing the towel all over until the coat is just damp. It is important that you do not vigorously towel dry your dog as this can result in Frizz, Split Ends and matting.
Now to the final drying and grooming, connect your Roses Grooming and Drying Brush set on medium heat and low speed and start brushing and Drying the coat, start from the back of the head and work back towards the tail always brushing in the direction of the coat. Another key point we would make here is to ensure the whole coat is dry and do ensure all the coat is brushed through and dry particularly the undercoat .If your dog is a little anxious at first encourage with treats and words of encouragement. Once your dog is familiarised and comfortable with your Roses Grooming and Drying Brush you can increase the heat setting to full and increase the speed to high, but note when drying around the eyes and ears only use medium heat and low power.
The permanent IONIC feature will ensure great condition to your dog’s coat
The choice of Brush head to use varies from Dog to Dog, but for the Border Terrier we recommend the oval pin head brush head for the whole dog. But once you have used the tool a few times you will develop your own technique and use brush heads which you feel give you the best results.
We know that following these simple instructions you will soon be getting great results and you and your Border Terrier will enjoy these sessions which can help create an excellent bond between you and your dog and of course keep your loved pet looking great and smelling good most of the time.
Following a wet walk, you can also follow these guidelines if not dirty no need to shampoo or condition simply towel dry as outlined here and quickly dry off with the Roses Grooming and Drying Brush, and on cold winter walks your Border Terrier will welcome being dry and warm.
We look forward to hearing your experiences and of course receiving pictures of your dog after your Grooming and Pampering Sessions
THE ROSES TEAM
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