Tips and tricks for dog grooming, this video focus' on how to groom the coat of a Papillon.
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You should never ever groom a dry coat because it can split and damage it. So always use a very good coats spray before you actually start to groom. So what I’m going to do is to mist Casey’s coat with this grooming spray and then gently brush it though.
I used a bristle nylon brush to groom through the coat, this will earn a top groom if this one get down to actual roots of the coat but it’s just to give the coat a good brush through first and then we’ll start with the combing.
It's’ always advisable to keep your dogs on a non-slip surface because once they start to lose their footing they become very unsure and very unhappy and you can put them off going on to the table for the judge for a very long time unless you’re very careful. I also always use a restraint because puppies are very lively as we all know and always want to jump off and see what’s going on elsewhere.
Now after the fringes, I spray some conditioner to the actual brush itself and just brush the fringes very gently down, don’t tug them or pull them, and the same with the other one. Just brush through right to the ends. And now the tail, and finally the front legs fringes, just a little brush through. That’s it.
Now we’re ready to comb, I use two sorts of combs. We have one comb here which is got rotating teeth and won’t pull out any coat at all but will actually comb through quite nicely. And also a doubled-ended comb, the finer end I use for the delicate fringes on the ears and the other side can be used for the body as well. So we’ll go through with the, what I call my rattly comb first.
And you can hear it rattling away because the teeth are rotating. Now, I usually hold the tail, put my hand underneath the dog and hold the tail here. So it's half the way for doing the trousers. And then for the tail itself, just hold out and comb through again.
And as the coat start to feel dry again, just pop a little bit more spray on to it so you’re not combing it dry. The same with the front and then with the front leg fringe we’ll use the very fine comb again. So let’s turn around this way so we can see. And just combed through them, that’s it and then the other one.
Most dogs got very ticklish feet and they don’t like having their feet held. Now we’re going to the fringes. If you find you got a knot in the fringes don’t just tug. Investigate. So just comb very gently through, you see the comb going through a very easily. And also comb the inside hair going outwards. That was trying to comb the way the coat is actually falling. Don’t try and comb against the coat either that way or upwards, just comb with it and comb down. Again, just comb it out going down so there’s no knots in there.