Border Collies are one of the most popular breeds in the world. They have been bred for centuries to perform many tasks including guarding livestock, working with children, hunting game and even performing search and rescue missions. These dogs are very loyal companions and they love their families dearly. A well trained border collie will do anything for them; from fetching dropped coins to playing fetch with their owner’s hand!
The beauty of these dogs lies in their loyalty and devotion to those they love. There are no known instances where a border collie has ever attacked or killed its human companion.
They are very intelligent and highly trainable animals which make great family pets. Their intelligence makes them excellent guard dogs, but it also means that they need regular exercise, especially if they live outside all day long!
In order to keep your border collie looking its best, you’ll want to take care of it’s coat regularly. Regular brushing and combing will ensure that your dog maintains its beautiful fur.
You may also wish to brush out any mats or tangles on the surface of the hair. If you’re not sure what type of shampoo works best for your dog, try using a mixture of different shampoos until you find one that suits him/her best!
When it comes to trimming your dog’s fur, you’ll want to trim its fur in the same style as you see in the images above. While it’s true that not all dogs will need grooming, many dogs do need their fur trimmed on a regular basis.
You may wish to keep the fur long to keep your dog warm during the colder months or you might want them trimmed short for the warmer months.
When trimming your dog’s fur, you’ll need to decide for yourself how long you wish the fur to be. It is usually recommended that you keep the fur a little longer than you might otherwise like it because the fur can protect their skin from the sun, which can lead to sunburn!
If you want your dog to have the classic look of a border collie, then you’ll probably want it to have its fur trimmed in a “puppy cut” or “show trim”. While many dogs can have their fur trimmed like this, some dogs simply do not have the right body type. Other dogs might not want to have their fur trimmed in this style or it may be against their religion to alter their dog in this manner.
If you want your dog to have a shorter fur coat, you can always opt for a simple brush cut. This look requires you to simply run a clipper with a brush attachment over your dog’s body.
Many owners choose to give their dogs this style because it is easy and it keeps their dog cool in the warmer months.
Whatever you do, try to keep your dog’s ears trimmed as well. They will grow long and bushy and can start to curl under which may make it uncomfortable for your dog.
While some owners choose to trim the fur between their dog’s toes as well, this is entirely optional.
If you want your dog to have a show trim or puppy cut, you’ll need to take it to a professional groomer who is experienced in these types of cuts. Show trims and puppy cuts are more complicated than simple brush cuts and it is easy to make your dog look silly if you do not know what you’re doing.
When trimming your dog’s fur yourself, you will need to purchase the necessary equipment for the job. You’ll need clippers, of course, as well as a variety of combs and scissors.
You may also wish to purchase some fur dye so that you can tint your dog’s fur whatever color you would like!
One important thing you should never forget is ear care products. It is very important to keep the inside of your dog’s ears clean.
You can wipe the dirt and wax from inside their ears with a q-tip and water or rubbing alcohol if needed.
Now that you know what tools you’ll need, it’s time to put them to use! Be sure to trim your dog in a place where nobody will mind the hair that will befall the house.
You don’t want to have to clean up a huge mess!
The first thing you’ll want to do is prepare your dog for the trim. This means cleaning their ears and brushing their fur so that there are no tangles.
You’ll also need to restrain them so that they cannot move around too much while you work! A dog grooming cape is a great way to handle this.
When trimming, you always want to start from the top and work your way down. This way, any hair that falls away from the body will fall off and not anywhere you don’t intend!
Start by using one of your combs to section off a part of your dog’s fur. Then, use scissors or clippers to trim away the fur in that area until it is even with the rest of the body. Slowly move from section to section until you have trimmed your dog completely.
Sources & references used in this article:
The Dog Wars: How the Border Collie Battled the American Kennel Club by D McCaig – 2007 – books.google.com
Sheepdog Training and Trials: A Complete Guide for Border Collie Handlers and Enthusiasts by N Vyas – 2012 – books.google.com
Eminent Dogs, Dangerous Men: Searching Through Scotland for a Border Collie by D McCaig – 2014 – books.google.com
Grooming manual for the dog and cat by S Dallas, D North, J Angus – 2013 – books.google.com
ASPCA complete dog care manual by B Fogle – 1993 – books.google.com
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