SILKY TERRIER BASIC GROOMING @ JY PET SALON
How to Groom a Silky Terrier
Silky terriers (sometimes called Australian silky terriers) are cute and friendly small dogs known for their beautiful coats. Adult silkies can stand nine to ten inches at the shoulders, and their flowing hair can grow five to six inches long. As such, these dogs require some regular grooming. You will want to brush your silky terrier every day, give them a bath twice a month, and provide trimming and other grooming as needed. If you learn to perform these tasks yourself, you can save money and bond with your dog at home.
Brushing and Grooming Your Silky Terrier
Gather materials.Your silky terrier is named for its lovely fur. The most important aspect of maintaining this healthy coat is to brush your dog daily. You are going to need both a slicker brush and a bristle brush. Both items can be found at your local pet store.
- Slicker brushes contain fine wire bristles. These brushes are especially useful for removing tangles and mats.
- Bristle brushes come in sizes, according to the spaces between bristles and the bristle length. For a longer coat (such as a silky), you want wide-spaced, long bristles.
Remove tangles and dead hair.First, use the slicker brush to gently remove tangles and dead hair. Brush from the top of the head, working your way down the neck. Then, move along the sides, belly, and legs. Always keep the straight parting in the coat along the spine of the dog, and always brush towards the ground.
Use a bristle brush.After you have gone over your dog with a slicker brush and removed any major knots, repeat this method with a bristle brush. Once again, be sure to maintain the parting in the coat, and always brush toward the ground.
- This will leave your silky terrier with a shiny, beautiful coat.
Clean your dog’s ears.It is important to keep your dog’s ears clean. To avoid getting soap or water in your dog’s ears, it is best to clean the ears outside of the bath. Getting water in your pooch’s ears can cause ear infections.
- Moisten the corner of a washcloth with warm water and wipe around the ear opening.
- Do this 1-2 times per month.
- If you notice a waxy discharge from your dog’s ears, remove the wax using a pet-friendly ear cleaner according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If the discharge returns, make an appointment with your vet for a check up.
Brush your dog’s teeth.Dental hygiene is also important. You can buy a dog toothbrush and dog toothpaste from your local pet store. Make sure that your dog is comfortable with your hand in their mouth before you begin, and allow your dog to sample the toothpaste.
- Place your dog in your lap facing away from you.
- Using your non-dominant hand, carefully fold their lips back.
- Holding the toothbrush in your dominant hand, brush the front teeth.
- Using your non-dominant hand, try to pry open your dog’s mouth.
- Finally, holding the toothbrush in your dominant hand, brush the back teeth and molars.
- Offer your dog a treat and a drink of water.
Clip their nails.About once a month, you will also need to clip your dog’s nails. You can purchase a set of dog nail clippers at your local pet store.
- First, you must identify the “quick” (a dark area inside the nail with blood vessels ).
- Place your dog in your lap facing away from you.
- Hold your dog’s paw firmly with one hand.
- Slide each claw through the small hole in the nail clippers.
- Depress the nail clipper above the quick.
- If your dog is anxious or you feel nervous about clipping your pet’s nails, a trained groomer can do it for you.
Bathing Your Silky Terrier
Form positive associations with bathing.Some dogs are terrified of the bath. Fortunately, you can help create positive bath associations, by performing a few simply actions.
- Place your dog in the tub without water. You may want to do this several times in the days leading up to a bath.
- Bathe your dog in minimal water. Avoid pouring water over their head until they are comfortable.
- Give them a treat each time you bathe them!
Apply shampoo.Squeeze a quarter-sized dollop of dog shampoo into your hands, and work it into a lather. Apply the shampoo to your dog, beginning with the back of the neck, and working your way down the torso and legs. Wash your dog’s head last.
- Look for a shampoo formula specifically for silky terriers or longhaired dogs.
- If your dog tends to move around in the bath, ask a friend to help you to keep them calm.
Rinse your dog.Using either a detachable shower head, or cup, gently pour water over your dogs back. Use your hand to help move the soap down off your dog’s body as the water passes. Repeat this until the water runs clear, then move on to your dog’s head.
- Be extra careful not to get shampoo in your dog’s ears or eyes.
- Try to tilt your dog’s head back.
Dry your dog’s fur.After the bath, dry your dog with a fluffy towel. If your silky terrier doesn’t mind the noise, you can speed up the drying process by using a hairdryer on the lowest setting.
Trimming Your Silky Terrier
Trim your dog’s feet.Select a pair of grooming shears with a blunt end, which with prevent your dog from getting poked. Firmly grasp your dog's foreleg and clip any extra hair between the pads. Trim the hair on the front of the paw in a semi-circle, allowing the hair on top of the paws to stay.
- Check the fur on your dog’s feet each month.
- You want to prevent any dragging.
Clip your terriers face.The way you clip your dog's face is a matter of personal preference. You can search for reference photos of silky terrier looks that you like. You want your terrier to have a longer beard or “feathering” around the face, or you may like to keep this short. In any case, using a blunt pair of grooming scissors, carefully clip the hair around the face into the design you like.
Put your dog’s hair in a topknot.Silky terriers have enough hair on their heads to wear a cute little bow or “topknot.” If you want this look for your dog, simply comb the hair on the top of the head to remove any tangles. Then gather the hair into a hairband. You can add a clip or bow, if desired.
- Special hairbands and bows for dogs are available at most pet stores.
Have your dog professionally groomed every year.Even if you are comfortable grooming your dog at home, it is a good idea to let a professional to do the job around once each year. A professional groomer can do a more comprehensive job trimming your dog’s fur and nails, and brushing their teeth. The rest of the year, you can handle the grooming maintenance yourself.
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