The Border terrier has a double coat that’s harsh and dense that keeps them warm and dry. It consists of a harsh top coat and a softer undercoat. While some people say that Border terriers do not shed, that actually isn’t true. In fact, they lose more hair during the shedding season and lose less when they are in a new coat. Brushing their hair regularly will help remove loose hair on the top and undercoat. However, note that will also shed between brushes.
Maintenance Dog Grooming Routine
Having a routine dog grooming for your Border at home is a wise idea. While this shouldn’t be a big task, it can be made enjoyable for you and your dog.
Regular Hair Brushing
Start a routine through regular brushing of your pet’s coat to remove loose hair and to keep it clean. While doing so, check other areas to determine whether your Border needs extra dog cleaning. Clean the bottom area using baby wipes or damp clean cloth for hygienic purposes. Also check teeth, eyes, and ears for cleanliness. Some owners include tooth brushing in this routine. While brushing your Border’s hair, you should check her nails to see if they require trimming; clip them little and more often. You may also keep her nails short through filing. Keep the outline of your dog tidy by removing long hairs from chests, feet, legs, tails, and bellies. Doing so will help maintain your dog’s cleanliness.
Bathing your Border
In general, Borders don’t require a dog bath. Daily cleaning and regular brushing will keep your dog clean. Bathing your dog may remove the natural oils from her coat and may have an effect on the texture. But with their playfulness and curiosity, they tend to be covered with stuff and dirt that we don’t want to have inside our homes. Thus, if the offending stuff can’t be wiped or brushed off from her coat, it’s best to rinse the affected area with warm water. If rinsing doesn’t work, then you need to bathe your dog and use a canine shampoo that is formulated for wiry coats.
A Border Terrier’s Coat
The coat of a Border terrier is not like our hair and some other dog breeds as they don’t grow continuously. Their hair will only grow to a certain length and will then be stripped and pushed out by a new hair growing. That is why your Border would lose their hair eventually. You’ll begin to notice that the length of the coat will start to part and that you will remove more hair with your daily brushing. Loose hairs are easily removed if you pull a few of the harsh hairs at the top coat with your finger and thumb. After doing this, your Border is then ready for a full strip; which needs to be done a couple of times in a year.
Stripping Your Border Terrier’s Hair
Before you start stripping your Border’s hair with your thumb and fingers, you need to have the right tools at hand. You need a comb, a brush, and a scissor. While grooming tables are useful, they aren’t usually necessary. This procedure should be done in a place where you and your pet are comfortable; make sure it’s a non-slip surface.
Keep in mind that hand stripping takes time and practice. Make it a great experience for your Border by giving him treats and praises. Remember to take regular breaks; you don’t have to do a full strip in one go. Take as much time so your dog will be comfortable. There may be areas that are easier to do than others, so try not doing the harder areas together.
Start behind the head, and then move down to the head and back. Pull a few hairs gently in the direction of the coat using your hand. The hairs should come out easily without causing discomfort to the dog. Comb the hair while stripping so that it would be easier for you to take hold of it. Use stripping aids like stripping combs, stones, and knives. These tools will help improve your grip on your pet’s hair. Use them carefully as they are sharp.
Stripping the Waist
For easier removal of the hair from this area, hold the loose skin with one hand while pulling the hair with the other. This helps prevent the skin from being pulled as your remove long hairs (which is actually painful for a dog).
Stripping the Bottom
Note that the bottom is the dog’s least favorite part to be stripped. So take your time and stretch your patience with your dog. Remove only a few hairs at a time. Also remove long hairs to keep the area neat and tidy.
Stripping Under the Body
You may use scissors on the scant hair that is found on the tender areas of the tummy. But do not use them on the harsher coat on the chest that can be stripped. It is also easier to use scissors when stripping around the genitals.
Stripping the Legs
Strip down from the thighs towards the feet. Strip hair from both front and back of the legs.
Stripping the feet
Use scissors for removing the hair around the pads of the feet and the nails. Place the scissor flat against the pads and don’t point into the foot. Also, don’t cut the coat that is found on the top of the feet.
Stripping the Tail
Be very careful in stripping the tail of your Border. You don’t need to completely strip the tail, but you have to remove dead hairs to keep it tidy.
Stripping the Head
Stripping the hairs on your dog’s head is much like giving dog haircuts. Thus, take your time so you’ll get the result that you want. Bear in mind that the coat around the muzzle takes longer to re-grown compared to the rest.
Stripping the Ears
Hair inside the ears of your Border should also be removed along with the hairs on the top side of the ear.
If you aren’t comfortable with grooming your Border on your own, you may seek the services of mobile groomers. Make sure that you find only the best in your area for your furry friend.