How To Groom An Old English  Sheepdog ~

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To begin, lift your dog  onto the grooming table and lay him on his side with his spine close to the edge  of the table. You should be facing the dog's back.

Use your pin brush and brush a line of coat about 1 inch thick down parallel to the spine from the bum  to the head. A few strokes through each section is usually enough, but if you do  run into snarls or mats I will cover mat removal in another section.



Continue working in lines  about an inch thick, using your pin brush to brush the hair towards you.



I line brush in this way until approximately the elbows, and just past the thighs



Then you will need your  comb. Choose a foot, I usually do the back first. Now you will need to be on the  other side of the table, with you facing your dogs belly. Begin at the toes and  carefully comb down in layers, the same as you did with the rest of the coat. Smaller layers are often needed for feet and lower legs as those areas get wet, dirty, or matted faster. This ensures you get all the knotted areas before they  turn into mats. Special care is needed in the armpit and loin areas as this is very sensitive soft skin, and also can be a problem area.


Next you will need to comb out the fur between the toes and paw pads. Mats can form in there and cause a  lot of pain, and even lameness as the feet may splay out if not kept tidy. I do the full grooming once a week, but I only do the paw pad and nail trimming every other week.




Use scissors (I would  recommend blunt tipped scissors even though that is not what I'm using in these photos) to carefully trim the fur between and around each paw pad so that it is  flush with the pad. The pads need to be able to have full contact with the floor  to give them traction and stability. Many people use clippers to simply shave out the large area between the toe pads and the main paw pad.






Then I turn the dog over and repeat everything on the other side.


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