By request from Maria, the step-by-step process of grooming one of my dogs. And I even used the more difficult and hairier one for you!
We started at 9:00 this morning with a dirty, muddy dog who’d been run in the sprinklers on the high school field before breakfast.
You can’t do a beardie and not injure yourself without lots of proper tools. Tool #1: the Booster Bath.
Add irate dirty dog.
Apply water. While it was a warm sunny day here today, I’ve been known to do this in the dead of winter as well. (They’ve got those thick undercoats for a reason!)
Continue application of water until dog resembles angry drowned rat.
Apply shampoo and allow to set.
Rinse until water runs clear with no hint of shampoo.
Duck out of the way to avoid being drenched.
Apply conditioner and leave in coat for 5 minutes.
When full stinkeye is achieved, rinse until water runs clear.
Allow other dog to gloat while watching because it’s not his turn today.
Shake water out of coat.
Then wring additional water out with a towel.
Crate dog under dryer to begin drying process.
~90 minutes later: Bring out the BIG dryer (this was a Christmas present from my husband about 5 years ago!).
Put dog on grooming table and begin to blast-dry.
When outer coat is mostly dry, dog will begin to resemble bearded collie again. Take note: dog is NOT yet dry. Time is now needed for undercoat to fully dry out.
~3 hours later: Dog is mostly dry and ready for coat to be groomed. Return to grooming table and lie dog on his side. Working through one level of coat at time, line brush and comb through the coat. Pay special attention to areas that are prone to mat: behind ears, in armpits, around groin, and between toes.
Finally. Now, at 4pm, we have a fully bathed, dried and groomed bearded collie.
Much happier now that he is off the table!