How to Brush an Australian Shepherd

Today we’ll cover the best practices on grooming your Australian Shepherd. That includes finding a quality dog brush for Australian Shepherd to try to manage his shedding.

by Guest Blogger, Lucy O. Wells  

The Australian Shepherd or Aussie is a descendant of livestock dogs and is classified as a herding pooch.

It’s one of the most popular dog breeds and has a unique curly hair. It’s also an agile, obedient, and intelligent breed.

Just like any other pup, Australian Shepherds need to be regularly groomed or bathed. Fortunately, Aussies require very little maintenance. You only need to remove the shed fur from the dog twice or thrice a week.

Besides shedding, the skin of these dogs is also prone to dander, dirt, mat, and tangles. The Aussies shed year-round, and the shedding increases during spring and fall. At this time of the year, they do not need as much hair to keep them warm. So they shed some of it.

With that said, what many Australian Shepherd owners may not know is the proper way to brush their furry friends. Here are some of the basics on how to brush an Australian Shepherd.

Dog brushes for Australian Shepherds

You should use the right kits for brushing and grooming your Aussie. This way, you won’t damage his coat.

Therefore, it is of paramount importance to use an Australian Shepherd specific comb or brush. The brushes are either made of plastic or metal bristles – the latter being more efficient.

How to brush an Australian Shepherd

The first thing you need to do is to train your pooch to remain calm while he is being brushed. If necessary, you need to have another person to hold your dog while you groom him. This will prevent any escape attempt.

Start at the head and work your way down to the tail.

It is essential to start with a slicker or comb to loosen debris, dirt, and dead hair from his fur first.

Take your time to brush thoroughly all over his body.

Be sure to focus more on his shoulder and his bottom areas. These areas are where his fur grows thickest and may become matted.

If your pup is a heavy shedder or it is shedding season, you might want to repeat the process with the raking brush.

The raking brush is capable of penetrating through your dog’s undercoat and getting any stubborn dirt or dead fur out.

If you encounter mats, apply a mat spray or coat conditioner and leave it on for several minutes. Removing stubborn mats can be uncomfortable and painful. So you might want to be very careful.

The process should take around ten to fifteen minutes.

Be gentle

It is important to be gentle with your Aussie during brushing. Do not brush too hard as it will hurt your pup’s skin. Grooming may also become more challenging in the future if you aren’t gentle. In other words, the dog may not be cooperative in the future.

Dental care

The Australian Shepherd will also need to have teeth brushed regularly. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean his teeth.

By brushing his teeth at least three times a week, you will reduce plaque buildup and give stimulation needed for healthy gums. It’s an important part of his dental and overall health.

How often should you bathe an Aussie?

Note that the Australian Shepherd coat has lots of natural oils in it. Therefore, regular bathing is not required. A bath is only really necessary once every three to four months. Bathing on a daily basis can leave the skin too dry as it strips away important natural oils.

You will also need to take some time each month to cut their nails. Long nails can be painful or uncomfortable for a dog. They can cause discomfort while running, walking, or even standing.

Conclusion

Brushing your Australian Shepherd ensures your pooch ends up feeling great and comfortable. Running the right brush along your pup’s skin is soothing. Plus, you get to create a strong bond with your hairy companion.

Grooming your dog at least thrice a week ensures healthy circulation and distribution of crucial oils throughout your dog’s skin. Brushing your dog regularly also allows you to check whether your dog has scrapes, bumps, or cuts on his skin.

 

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