Australian Shepherds Natures:
Australian Shepherds are all about action and activity, especially if the activity involves running behind a ball in a muddy field. Aussie’s endless energy makes it difficult to take care of their coat. As playing infield leads to coat full of dirt, leaves, and debris.
To make sure your Aussie looks neat, clean and presentable, you need to groom them at least once a week. And, To groom your dog properly and effectively, you need some tools. This is why today we are going to talk about must have Australian Shepherds grooming tools and how to use them.
When it comes to Australian Shepherds, grooming is a bit of a challenge. The challenge mainly lies in the combination of different types of hair that they have. Following are the kinds of challenges that are faced by the Aussie owners:
Australian Shepherds often have small or large tangles which aren’t easy to manage. Having long hair, either straight or curly, makes it likely for them to tangle up. An easy solution to avoid getting their hair tangled up is to brush their hair regularly. In addition to brushing their hair, use of conditioner (during their grooming regime) is a must!
Coat Loses its Color:
One of the significant issues which many Aussie owners experience is the faded color of their pet. Do you want your fur baby to have a faded color? Of Course No! You don’t want that. To keep their coat shiny and smooth, you need to groom your pet regularly.
If you are failing to groom your pet, there are high chances of the tangles turning into mats. This is something to need to avoid! The process of getting rid of mats is somewhat painful for your pet. The best you can do to get rid of mats is to either cut them off or use some effective liquidity product.
Australian Dogs shed a lot, and unless you want your furniture, carpets, clothes and your entire house to be covered with the loose hair, you need to get your pet groomed!
Grooming them regularly will help remove all the dirt, debris and the dead hair which will eventually give them a silky and soft coat. For a proper grooming session of your Australian Shepherd, you need proper tools.
So, What Are The Must Have Australian Shepherds Grooming Tools?
- Deshedding Shampoo
- Detangling Spray/ Diluted Conditioner
- DeShedding Brush
- Deshedding Blade
- Undercoat Rake
- Slicker Brush
- Bristle Brush
- Trimming Scissors
- Nail Clippers
- High-Velocity Dryer
- Dematting Comb
- Greyhound Comb
- Grooming Comb
How to use the tools
Your pet’s grooming regime starts with giving them a bath with an excellent deshedding shampoo and conditioner. This step helps in detangling the rough tangles. Then you may proceed to brush their hair while they are still damp.
You may start with a slicker brush, but keep in mind not to use the slicker brush at the same place for more than three times. Otherwise, this might give your pet a brush burn.
Afterward, you may use a Bristle brush to take out the remaining loose hair from your pet’s undercoat which might have been missed by the slicker brush.
Thinning scissors and Nail Clippers can be used to fix your pet’s hair around their feet and ears and trim their nails. Lastly, you can use a high-velocity dryer to remove any remaining loose hair.
Use of Furminator is optional. As this tool, although effective, is discouraged by the professionals.
To loosen up the stubborn tangles, you need to bath your pet with deshedding shampoo. These shampoos are full of extra conditioners and omega oils that help in the removal of the loose hair.
You merely need to bathe your dog with the de-shedding shampoo and leave it on for 10-15 minutes before you rinse the coat and dry it.
The deshedding shampoo takes care of the extra 20 percent of the deshedding that never seems to go away.
NOTE: You may notice increased shedding for 24 hours after using the deshedding shampoo that is because their hair has been loosened up. Later, they will be shed free for up to 2-3 weeks.
A good quality de-shedding tool is necessary for an Aussie when they are shedding, and Furminator is a preferred de-shedding tool by many Aussie owners. This tool has a stainless steel comb-like blade which passes through dog’s hair and efficiently takes out all the dead and loose hair. It is known to remove 90 percent of your dog’s loose hair.
Furminator also has a self-cleaning button which means you don’t have to take the hair out of the blade.
Although Furminator is very popular among Aussie owners for its effectiveness, they can be expensive.
Happy Dogz Pet Grooming Shedding Brush (Alternative Of Furminator)
For any Australian Shepherd owner who finds Furminator expensive, Happy Dogz Pet Grooming Shedding Brush is easy on the wallet and equally effective. It comes with same stainless steel toothed blade which effectively removes the loose hair of the dog. The only drawback of this brush is that it does not come with a self-cleaning button and you have to clean the brush manually.
NOTE: Although de-shedding tools are widespread with pet owners many professionals suggest against the use of de-shedding tools such as furminators or alternative tools.
According to Professional groomers, deshedding tools cut the hair off instead of brushing them out. Thus, with time, the coat looks very rough and uneven.
Unlike many other de-shedding tools, this can be used for Aussie pups as well. The adjustable comb makes it easy to be used on the small size pups. It helps in getting rid of the 95 percent of the loose hair in just 15 minutes.
The slicker brush has metal pins packed into a rectangular head. These pins have been smoothed to avoid causing irritation and brush burn to the pet’s skin. The handle is wide and suitable for a firm grip. The slicker brush works well for both coats, curly and straight.
It is designed to detangle and remove any mats from hair smoothly. The dense pins make detangling of hair and dematting easier. Furthermore, it pulls out any loose hair which otherwise might have landed on your carpet or furniture. Moreover, even the pets seem to enjoy the massage of the slicker brush rather than running away from it.
One of the issues with a slicker brush is that it doesn’t have a self-cleaning button and so you have to clean the brush manually. Also, the pins of slicker brush wear down with time so you may need to replace it a new one after every few months. Furthermore, it is not advised to use a slicker brush more than three times over the same spot as it may cause brush burn to your pet.
A Bristle Brush is a vital part of your Shepherds grooming kit. It is step # 3 in an Aussie’s full grooming regime. After you have used the slicker brush, the bristle brush can be used to remove any remaining loose hair from the top of the coat.
This brush further helps in oxygenating your pet’s hair and hence adding shine to the outer coat.
It is generally known as ‘step one’ of the grooming regime. An undercoat rake is structured to have two layers of evenly spaced metal teeth that enable it to reach down through the double coat of your fur baby to eliminate dust and debris.
It prepares the coat for the deshedding brush or the slicker brush. Furthermore, it stimulated the skin circulation and distributes the nourishing oils through the coat.
Thinning Shears and Scissors
There are two types of thinning scissors you should have for your furry friend’s grooming. First one is a set of thinning shears. They help you groom your dog quickly without cutting off big chunks of hair. With this set of thinning shear, you are less likely to make a mistake which might compromise your Assie’s looks.
The other one is a set of fine scissors. They are used for trimming hair around your dog’s feet and ears. They mainly focus on precision.
A high-velocity dryer is a vital step in your dog’s grooming. It is specifically designed to remove and blow off all the loose hair from your dog. It is extremely useful as it reduces shedding for up to 2-3 weeks.
Nail clippers are essential in your dog’s grooming regime. You need to trim your pet’s nails regularly to avoid infections. If you fail to trim their nails regularly, there is a high chance they might break on their own which may cause an infection. Secondly, if your pet likes to paw at you or jump, this may be problematic for you.
These combs come with round scratch free ends so that your pet doesn’t get hurt. They come with rubber coated handles which makes it less likely to slip while brushing through your pet’s hair. These combs are known to reach the undercoat of your fur baby which increases the chances of taking out all the dirt and leaves from their coat. Furthermore, they can be used on types of hair, whether straight or curly, long or short.
The size of these combs allows you to reach difficult places such as behind the ears or under the neck. These combs can serve both as a detangler and debris extractor.
Dematting Comb is a great tool to add to your pet’s grooming kit. This comb comes with two types of bristles. One on each side. They offer high and low density and can be used according to your pet’s hair requirement.
Furthermore, it is a multi-purpose tool. Not only can it be used as a dematting tool but it can also be used as a deshedding tool! No wonder it is known to be professionals favorite tool.
Few known cons of this tool include the less durable handle of the tool and dull bristles.
Greyhound Comb is known as “Seek and Destroy” tool by the professional groomers. It is usually used after the slickers brush. Once the slickers brush has been used, greyhound comb can be used to remove any remaining mats that you may have missed.
The grooming comb has stainless round steel tips and a design where the teeth are closer to each other at one end and wider apart at the other end. The design makes it easier for the owner to use a single tool for the grooming of different areas (whether larger or smaller) of the pet without having to change the tool.
Detangling Spray and Coat Conditioner
Professional groomers usually advise against the brushing of your pet’s hair when they are entirely dry. It causes breaking of hair and discomfort to your pet if you come across tangles or worse, mats.
Hence, the groomers advice to spray conditioner that has been diluted with water or detangling spray before you brush your pet’s coat as it makes the detangling process smooth and comfortable for both, the owner and the pet.
Others Recommended Tools That You Can Use(Optional)
Above mentioned tools make an essential part of a grooming kit of an Australian Shepherd. These tools help the owner in eliminating dust, debris, and leaves from your Aussie’s coat. Hence, your pet can have a shiny, silky and smooth coat. In addition to maintaining the beauty of your pet, they help in keeping it free of infections and germs.