Portuguese Waterdog’s are a medium to large sized striking looking dog with an attractive single coat, they are a friendly dog but are known to be quite vocal.
The grooming regime for these is reasonably demanding as they require brushing regularly 2-3 times per week, to keep the coat in good condition and to avoid mats, tangles and knots developing. Their coat also grows quickly s they require trimming on a regular basis and if not comfortable in doing this yourself we would suggest that you visit your local groomer for trimming of coat clipping of nails and of course a good wash and groom. Whilst at the groomers talk to them about your grooming sessions and ask their advice also, most groomers have a wealth of knowledge and generally are happy to share this with you.
They require regular bathing and most owners suggest that a monthly bath is ideal.
Before bathing do ensure that all knots and tangles have been removed, as bathing can make knots etc ore difficult to detangle, and then make sure you have all tools required.
1 x Roses Grooming Brush
1 x Roses Mega Absorbent PVA Towel, due to the size of the Portugese Waterdog and the thickness of their coat, you may find that you need two of each towel.
1 x Roses Super Absorbent Microfibre Towel
A gentle dog shampoo, (do not use Human Shampoo’s, they are often too astringent for dogs).
A good conditioner
A selection of Treats.
We would recommend you use the shower to wash your dog but if not available please use the bath and ideally wash the dog using a shower attachment as this will enable you to thoroughly wet the dog and also rinse all shampoo out of the coat. For the comfort of your dog please lay down a non-slip mat or an old towel to prevent them from slipping. Once you have thoroughly soaked the dogs coat then apply the shampoo by gently kneading the coat ensuring you get the shampoo down to the base of the coat and onto the skin. Once thoroughly shampooed then rinse off the coat and making sure no shampoo is left to avoid any itchiness on the skin for your dog. When using conditioner simply repeat the process but again make sure all conditioner is thoroughly rinsed off your dog.
Now to drying firstly use the Mega Absorbent Dog Towel and DAB (not scrub as this can cause knotting and tangling) all over squeezing out the cloth regularly to ensure maximum absorbency. Once all excess water is removed then wrap your dog in the Large Super Absorbent Microfibre Towel and again Dab dry until the fur is just damp.
To dry your dog connect the Roses Grooming and Drying Brush set on low speed and medium heat for your first drying and brushing session but as your dog become familiar with the Grooming and Drying brush, you can increase to high speed and high temperature which on our tool is set at 86 degrees, to avoid discomfort to your dog. On full power you will be able to make full use of the light to check condition of dog’s skin and spot any unwanted guests.
The brush head you choose is your decision but we would advise that you initially use the Oval Pin Head brush to groom your dog, and experiment with the other heads as you and your dog become more familiar with the brush.
We look forward to hearing your experiences and of course receiving pictures of your Portugese Waterdog’s after your Grooming and Pampering Sessions.
THE ROSES TEAM
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