Collies need regular grooming, Smooth Collies are the easiest
to groom because of their wash & wear short coats. They
do have a double coat & will shed once a year. Indoor
Collies will do some shedding all year round due to the warmer
temperatures & dryer humidity of our indoor heat. For
the smooth a good brushing once a week will keep your dog
looking great & will mean less hair for you to vacuum
up. For the smooth I like to use a palm sized rubber curry
comb along with a soft slicker.
Collies require considerably more work, but it is not a diffcult
coat to care for. Twice a week brushing is plenty to keep
your rough looking great, but the trick is in using the right
tools & doing the job the right way. For roughs I use
the soft slicker & a good pin brush. You must brush from
the skin outwards & the long coat needs to be back brushed.
Many owners brush over the top & think they are doing
the job but in reality mats are starting at the skin.
Bathing can be done as needed, or at least 4 times per year.
Some owners of rough collies will choose to have a professional
groomer do this job for them, but most owners can handle the
complete grooming & bathing of the smooth. If you choose
to utilize a groomer be sure to ask if they are familiar with
how to work with a double coat. Also please be aware that
a rough collie is supposed to have a rather harsh texture
to the outer coat. A correctly textured rough collie coat
does not mat easily, but cannot be neglected either. There
is nothing worse than a lovely rough collie whose coat has
been neglected & must be shaved off. Coat neglect can
lead to skin problems & a miserable unhealthy condition
for your dog and is a reflection on the owner.
YOUR COLLIE TO THE GROOMING PROCESS STARTING AS A YOUNG PUP
or smooth it will be far easier to groom your dog & take
less time if your dog is trained to accept this sort of handling
from an early age. Toe nail trims should be done at least
every 2 weeks & most owners can learn to do this at home.
We encourage owners to do their own grooming on a regular
basis as the grooming process forms a bond of trust with our
dog. Many owners have told us that they find grooming their
dogs a form of relaxation. It does work best to put your pup
or dog up on a sturdy table for all grooming work. Be sure
to place a rubber bath mat on top of the table so the dog
does not slip. Have a helper hold the dogs head & offer
occasional treats as an incentive. Dogs will tend to be more
wiggly & less cooperative when you try to do the job on
the floor which is their play area. Up on a table you will
have better control. Make sure the dog does not fall. If you
make the entire process pleasant for the dog it will be pleasant
for you also.