GROOMING TIPS FOR LONG HAIRED CHIHUAHUA’S
LONG HAIRED CHIHUAHUA’S
The CHIHUAHUA comes with two coat types Long Haired and Short Haired and these grooming tips refer only to the Long Haired coat type.
To maintain their coat in good condition it is recommended that you brush every two to three days for 10 minutes using a good brush and finishing with a comb to ensure no knots, tangles and mats. For best results in your brushing we recommend that you moisten the coat with a leave in conditioner or Grooming solution. Washing we recommend every three to four weeks to ensure the coat retains its natural oils.
We always recommend visits to the Groomer for trimming and clipping, and of course a good wash and groom. Also it gives you a chance to get grooming advice from your groomer, on technique and best shampoo’s brushes etc to use.
When groomed you are rewarded with a lovely silky coat so the demanding grooming needs are always rewarded with a lovely finish, and of course these grooming sessions will also strengthen the bond between you and your Long Haired Chihuahua.
The fur can mat especially around the ear’s so a good pin brush and comb are essential for your brushing sessions as the fur responds well to conditioners please use a good quality leave in conditioner.
Before you start your monthly 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.
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 Pin Brush and Comb
A good supply of treats
Washing your Long Haired Chihuahua
For all dogs 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 washing in the sink please do secure your dog to avoid it jumping out and harming itself, and put a non-slip mat or small towel in the basin to make your dog feel more comfortable and secure. 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, if your dog has got extremely dirty you may need to repeat this process. 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.
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 Long Haired Chihuahua in a Roses Large Microfibre Towel gently dabbing 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, and for the Long Haired Chihuaha we recommend you use the oval pin brush head only. 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, free of Matts, Knots and Dry. If your dogs is a little anxious at first encourage with treats and words of encouragement. Initially we would recommend you use medium heat setting 1 and low power setting and 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 conditioning to your dog’s coat
The choice of Brush head to use varies from Dog to Dog but we recommend the oval pin brush head, but overtime you may experiment with the other brush heads and find your own particular favourite which gives you great results
We know that following these simple instructions you will soon be getting great results and you and your Long Haired Chihuahua will enjoy these grooming sessions which can help create an excellent bond between you and your dog and of course keep your Long Haired Chihuahua looking great and smelling good most of the time.
We look forward to hearing of your experiences and of course receiving pictures of your Long Haired Chihuahua after your Grooming and Pampering Sessions
THE ROSES TEAM
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