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Shetland Sheepdogs have long hair and need lots of brushing.

Grooming Your Dog


Your dog needs regular grooming. Just as you feel better when you are clean and healthy, your dog will, too. Good grooming will help keep her healthy. Start when the puppy is very young so it becomes a fun thing to do. Always tell her "Good Girl!" so she enjoys it.


Brushing your dog is the best thing you can learn to help your dog stay healthy. Using a soft brush, brush in the same direction that the hair goes. Reading about your particular breed will help you to know how to brush your dog correctly. Don't forget to brush everywhere, especially behind the ears, on his stomach, and on his tail and back legs.  Girl and Poodle


cute puppy
Some dogs have coats with two layers: the beautiful hair you can see, and a hidden, second coat called an undercoat. This undercoat helps a dog stay warm and dry in cold weather and it protects his skin from the hot sun, too.
Fido's Fabulous Dog Facts


 Bathing Your Dog
Bathing a dog at a dog wash. You and your parents can learn to bathe your dog together. Most people can use their own bathtub or a hose in their yard. It is important to make bath time fun for your dog. If he doesn't like the bath, you might find yourself chasing him all over the house. 


Many people prefer to take their dog to a professional dog groomer for bathing and trimming. This is a good thing to do, especially if your family is too busy to groom your dog themselves. Cody likes baths.


Beagle in a tub.


Always build up to a new activity before plunging right in. The first few times you might not even wash him. Just coax him into the tub without water, give him a treat, hug him and tell him he is a good boy. Then let him out.

Do this each day for two or three days before actually getting him wet.

People and animals learn better sometimes if they do it in very small steps. A few extra days of kind, gentle, and patient teaching will be well worth it if in return you get ten to fifteen years of happy baths in your dog's lifetime.


Bulldog in a bathtub.

Find out how other kids
are bathing their dogs!

Click on the to read all of the interesting ways a dog can be washed!


Have you been to a
Do-It-Yourself Dog Wash?
You pay to use the tub, towels, soap, and dryer. The tubs are tall so there are no backaches. There's no clean-up and your dog has fun seeing other dogs getting their rub-a-dub-dub!

 Fido's Fabulous Dog Facts

Click on the click to see a real Dog Wash!
When you're finished, just close the window and you'll still be on this page.


More Grooming? Yes!

Your parents should learn to clip your dog's toenails or ask the vet to do it for them. Toenails that are too long curl under your dog's feet and make it difficult, if not painful for him to walk.
You should buy special toothpaste for dogs and with a toothbrush, brush your dog's side teeth. Most dogs like the taste of the toothpaste. Brushing your dog's teeth once or twice a week will help keep her teeth clean and ..her breath fresh. Click here for more information.
You can check your dog's body and coat to make sure there are no stones or burs caught between his toes, in his ears, mouth or skin. Look at her skin to see that it looks healthy and doesn't have any sore spots.

All dogs need brushing.


  Rusty's Ridiculous Riddles

 Why did the Dalmatian go to the cleaners?
His coat had spots all over it.
Funny puppy.
Thanks to Melanie, age 6, from California USA for this cute riddle!


The American Kennel Club (AKC) kindly provides the following activity for download. You may print the page and complete the activity.

The link below will open in a new window and take you to the AKC website. When you are finished, just close the window and you'll be right back at How to Love Your Dog.

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