Ngaire-Anne Beere operates the mobile Jim’s Dogwash in Calamvale.

She and her 8 year old dog, Pumba, a Maltese x Shih Tzu is part have been part of the Monty and Minx Family for a long time.

We asked Ngaire to share some tips on winter grooming, especially when your dog has a long coat.

People think grooming is not required as often in winter, but it’s actually required more!

Colder weather stimulates hair growth to keep your pet warm during winter.

Long and/or thick coats get matted easily which causes great discomfort for dogs. This can also lead to skin irritations and restricts their movements as it pulls on the knots. You are probably familiar with leaves and twigs throughout your house too. These are collected in longer coats. Keeping up with regular grooming will also save you cleaning time (yay!). Daily brushing will help reduce matting. If a minimal amount of matting is present, it should be removed as carefully as possible. However, if it is severe, please get a professional groomer to remove it.

Bathing
Please remember never to bathe your dog if there is matting present. It is constantly pulling at the hair causing great discomfort. Water tends to make these knots tighter and more painful. Knots can trap moisture too as it is very hard to dry knotted hair. That trapped moisture can lead to skin sores on your dog. These become a real problem if left too long, so removing the knotted hair will ensure good air flow to help heal the sores if these are present.

De-shedding
Winter means winter coats will be coming through. This coat is thicker helping keep dogs warm.
However this also means that their summer coat is shedding and lots of dog hair in your home. Although regular brushing will help this somewhat, the best option is to have your dog de shedded by a professional groomer. Most double coated dogs will require de-shedding.

Drying the dog’s coat
Drying your dogs coat is equally important as washing and brushing, and especially for double coated dogs. German Shepherds, Samoyed & Pomeranians’ coats are designed to thicken up in winter, and whilst a bit of moisture in the coat is necessary, too much moisture for extended periods can lead to skin irritations. This can become quite costly for the owner as special shampoo’s are required. The best approach is preventative action. Try to ensure your dog is always dried properly.

Foot care
During the colder months, walking times are generally decreased meaning your dogs nails aren’t being ground naturally by concrete. Regular nail trimming is very important. Long nails push back into the toes when walking. Regular grooming of the pads will ensure less slipping and collection of debris.

Ngaire-Anne Beere
Jim’s Dog Wash Calamvale
0488 400 586
[email protected]
www.jimsdogwash.net.au