Loyal and intelligent dogs with a lovely coat which requires regular grooming particularly if you have a dog which is adventurous and loves getting dirty! They also require regular brushing and occasional washing dependent on how many times it manages to get very mucky on one of its adventures when out on walks with you. This means brushing and combing of coat and undercoat we would suggest every other day looking for knots tangles and mats all over. Bathing when required which should be when they moult (once a year) and a when they manage to get extra dirty/smelly, general mud etc allow to dry and brush out. Over frequent washing can damage the coat so we would recommend no more than a monthly wash at the most if your dog’s habits allow.

When you have brushed and combed your dog it is always a good idea to run your hand all over the dog to ensure the coat is of an even depth/thickness and free of Knots, Tangles and Mats.

As their coats are long keeping your dog well-groomed may appear challenging, but a weekly brush and brushing out mud etc as required will keep their coat in great condition. On occasions they will require a full shampoo and wash, but please be sparing with these as too frequent washing can result in loss of oils in the coat making it appear dull.

We would also recommend a visit to your local Grooming Parlour for trimming of coat and clipping of nails when required

So, to maintain your Catalan Sheepdog in Tip Top condition we recommend the following.

Thoroughly brush your dog before washing, and here we would advise that you moisten your dogs coat with water or a diluted water and conditioner mix (1 part conditioner to 10 parts water) applying this with a mister spray.

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 Shampoo’s have different formulas not always compatible with your dog. Also a conditioner will help you maintain a lustrous and healthy looking coat

What you will require

Dogs 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 Natural Bristle Brush and Stainless Steel Comb with fine and Coarse Teeth

A good supply of treats

Washing your Catalan Sheepdog

Always before washing your dog we recommend giving a good brush of their coat, and remember to maintain their coat in great condition they should be brushed at least three times a week.

To wash your dog, use the shower, (do not forget to use non-slip shower mat) or in warmer months they can be washed outside but do ensure the temperature of the water is comfortable for your dog. When washing indoors please ensure the water is a comfortable temperature not too hot or too cold and where possible use a shower attachment if no shower head gently pour warm water over your dog to thoroughly wet its coat, Special Note always ensure that you part the fur and thoroughly wet and rinse the undercoat. Then apply the shampoo and knead it thoroughly into the coat and the undercoat. If your dog has got extremely dirty you may need to repeat this process, but we would recommend whenever possible to apply shampoo only once. Now this is important when rinsing the shampoo out you must ensure that all shampoo is rinsed away as any residue can cause itchiness, again please take special care to rinse all shampoo and conditioner from the undercoat. Another key point we would make is to avoid getting shampoo into the eyes and keep the inside of ears away from shampoo and water.

If using a conditioner, and with Catalan Sheepdog a conditioner will give you excellent results with a wonderful lustrous coat, repeat rinsing process and again make sure the conditioner is thoroughly rinsed out of the coat.

Washing around the face and head we would suggest you simply use a moist towel/flannel, the Roses PVA Towel is perfect for this.

When coat is thoroughly rinsed it is time to dry, firstly remove most of the excess water with the Mega Absorbent PVA Towel, squeezing out the towel regularly to ensure the maximum absorbency of the towel. Once all surplus water is removed then wrap your Catalan Sheepdog in a Roses Large Microfibre Towel gently rubbing the dog all over until the coat is as dry as possible. To avoid Knotting Tangling and Matting when drying with towels always dab the coat dry vigorous rubbing can cause knotting tangling and matting.

To thoroughly and quickly dry your dog, connect your Roses Grooming and Drying Brush set on medium heat and low speed and start brushing and Drying the coat, always brushing with the fur not against it, there is no correct place to start but the key advice we would give here is to ensure the whole coat is dry particularly around the base of the tail and around the ears. Ensure all the coat is brushed through and dry and if your dogs 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 and always give you great results when using a conditioner.

The choice of Brush head to use varies from Dog to Dog but generally we recommend that you use the Oval Pin Brush Head this our customers advise give’s the best results.  However after using the tool you will develop your own technique and use brush heads which feel give you the best results.

We know that following these simple instructions you will soon be getting great results and you and your Catalan Sheepdog will enjoy these sessions which can help create an excellent bond between you and your dog and of course keep them 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, simply towel dry as outlined here and dry off with the Roses Grooming and Drying Brush, and after cold winter walks your Sheltie will welcome being dry and warm.

We look forward to hearing your experiences and of course receiving pictures of your Catalan Sheepdog after your Grooming and Pampering Sessions

THE ROSES TEAM

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