Tips and tricks for dog grooming, this video focus' on how to groom the feet of a Kerry Blue.
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Now the feet, again with our hand were not going to do it precision like they would do on a poodle, were just going to take the rough bits out because we want some sort of protection between the pads. Some people would take it all out, some people wont. I like to have some in there because I do feel it will stop stones and other bits and pieces getting in between the pads, so there. There’s no mats, that’s nice and clean that’s quite adequate. Again in the summer the worst nightmare is those dreadful seeds, grass seeds, those spear grass seeds. They can get stuck in the feet and work up inside the leg.
We must always check your pets or your show dogs or whatever they might be especially on the summer on the grass because they are absolutely awful and they get everywhere and if they do get up in between the pad they can quite easily work their way into the dog itself and they go up a leg. They can travel right up the leg and its quite horrible, so that’s the feet in between the pads clipped out. What were going to do now is I personally roll them over because we want to clip around here and many people lift the leg like so but I like to be able to see what I’m doing. So simply back leg, front leg and roll the dog over. These dogs trained to lie and expose himself.
And we go with the hair down hid dodger, because I’m a male Kerry it’s the end of the pennies, its going to give us our line on the underline here, so we have to clean this up. Basically what I’m doing here is I’m cleaning out all the bits you wouldn’t see because if you don’t see them, there’s no point of having the hair there. It makes the dog fresher, its less matting, its less tangling and its neater and more sanitary. Again, you’ll also notice that if a dog has fleas, when you clean this area out. If its putrid with little red bites and marks then you know you have dog fleas and you can do something about it.
And there you go, so that’s the clipping done. Right, now what I’m going to do I’m goig to show you the feet. Push all the hair down towards the toes and then anything that comes off, now by doing it like this you are actually creating a very neat bosom to the leg and that will give you your line from which to scissor down to. Again just, make sure you got all of that and perm it all down like so, follow with the hands and anything that pops out comes off. Now when you fluff this up, the leg will be obviously all messy because we haven’t done the leg, around the feet should actually be rather neat and tidy. Okay and we’ll do that to each leg.
So one, two, three, four, we go to the front and then I’ll turn the dog around and do that to the other side. So again to the front leg, you can see what we’re doing is where we’re getting our four corners ready and we start doing our top line. Okay, same principle, okay you can see each time we comb there’s a little bit to come off. Now I’m only taking—I’m not scissoring like so, I’m going like so, flat because if I start going that way then I’m going to take the hair off the front and you don’t want that. You just want everything off the base and again when that leg goes down onto the table, the base of it should be very neat.