|Barked: Tue Nov 27, '12 3:05am PST |
|I agree that Furminators are not a good idea for their long coat. I have used it before on my dog on the shorter hair on his legs, but that's about it, and it's not really needed there. It does break off the top coat, which isn't good at all, and leaves the coat looking really bad with continuous use. The undercoat rake works perfectly well on a Sheltie, and should be all you need to get rid of it. Slicker, undercoat rake, comb, that's all you need for regular maintenance!
Also, if you do take your Sheltie to a groomer be VERY specific about how you want the dog trimmed. Many groomer around here will take the hock hair right down (sometimes shave it off even), take too much feathering off, and cut the pants way down. On top of that some don't even tidy up the really long ear hair to make it look nice. I'm picky about my Sheltie, I don't take him to a groomer obviously because I am a groomer, but what I've found is most people don't like how a lot of groomers groom their Sheltie. I for instance like the long featherings on my dog, and don't want the pants touched other than to tidy, and I like to have the hocks about an inch long. So remember this if you go to a groomer!
OH, and some groomers take down their chest hair A LOT, and make it look ridiculous! My Sheltie is a male and they are meant to have a great big fluffy collar. I would die if someone cut most of it off so it "blended in."
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