How to Groom an Australian Shepherd
The average Australian Shepherd stands about two and a half feet tall and weighs about 35 to 60 pounds. Australian Shepherds have a medium length coat that can be either wavy or straight. While Australian Shepherds shed lightly throughout the year they heavily shed two times a year during seasonal changes. Properly grooming your Australian Shepherd can help keep them healthy and comfortable. Futhermore properly grooming them can prevent you from having to clean up excess dog hair around your house.
How to Maintain Your Aussie's Coat
Australian Shepherds have a medium length coat with a thick undercoat. Their coat protects them from scratches, bugs, and the elements so it is important to maintain. This coat sheds year round but sheds particularly heavy twice a year during season changes.
Throughout the year you should your Aussie once a week, however during season changes when your Australian Shepherd is heavily shedding you should brush them two to three times a week. Using a dog brush such as the FURminator is a great tool for removing dead hair that shed from your Australian SHepherd's undercoat. brush
Gentle Dog Shampoos
Aussies have a protective coat and should only be bathed as needed, when they become dirty or begin to smell. Bathing too often can causes the protective oils in their skin and fur to be washed away and cause their skin to dry out. If you do bathe your dog only bathe your dog outside when it is warm because bathing outside in the cold is not comfortable for your dog and can cause hypothermia.
When you bathe your Australian Shepherd only use dog shampoo or baby shampoo as human shampoo is NOT safe for animals and will be too harsh on your dog's skin. Be sure to be careful around your dogs face and eyes as they are very sensitive even to dog shampoo. If your Aussie has white hair that begins to turn dingy or yellow it is recommended to use a whitening dog shampoo to brighten their white fur back up. You can find fur whitening shampoo at most pet stores or online.
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Be Sure to Get the Ears!
As well as brushing your Australian Shepherd once a week you should also clean their ears. Wax may build up in the ears if they are not cleaned which allows bacteria to build up which may lead to a painful infection. As well as infection your dog may develop ear mites if their ears are not properly maintained. Keep in mind that your dogs ears are extremely sensitive and to be gentle while cleaning them.
Dog Safe Oral Care Products
You should brush your Australian Shepherds teeth regularly as a part of their grooming regimen. Brushing your Aussie's teeth once a week will prevent tartar from develop and help prevent dental problems, bad breath and associated pain. Brushing will also help keep your dogs teeth looking white and healthy.
Note that you should ONLY use dog toothpaste and a dog toothbrush on your Australian Shepherd. Human toothpaste and tooth brushes may harm your dog and will not be comfortable for them.
Australian Shepherds are a very rewarding breed to have as part of your family however they do include a mild amount of grooming. Implementing these grooming techniques on your Aussie will help keep them in optimal health and feeling well.