Grooming help Questions

Discussion in 'Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier' started by Evan, Oct 3, 2017.

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  1. Evan

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    Grooming help

    Hi. I am a novice groomer, and still not convinced I can handle cutting my SCWT. But I definitely want to get a nice brush, comb, etc. to keep her unmatted and looking good between haircuts.

    What size pin brush (size and depth of pin) is recommended. Also the Christenson brushes I am looking at have a couple choices for the rigidity of the pin bed that holds it together. What's best for my Wheaton?

    Should I get a slicker too? Size?

    Comb - size? spacing of teeth
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    @BronsonTheBulldog Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. A longer silky type of coat.

    I don't have personal experience of this breed, but I have had Löwchen which have a similar soft, non shedding coat. As I was showing, I was wanting to retain as much coat as possible, so my method may not completely suit you. You can usually find DIY grooming guides for most breeds on YouTube. You will need to refer to a guide as you will need to trim the head to shape.
    I used to use little more than a broad toothed comb to keep mats at bay. I prefer combs with a handle, but that is a personal choice. Comb with the lay of coat, going right down to the skin, and take time to gently tease out any clumps of hair. Take particular care behind the ears - usually the first place to knot up. A slicker will remove any dust and grass from a soft coat - I preferred to use a gentle 4 inch slicker, but my breed was smaller than yours. A bristle brush will add a final gloss, I liked to use an anti-tangle spray for routine grooming, (which had to be shampooed out for shows as not permitted).
    Hope this helps.
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    There are SCWT grooming videos on YouTube, I haven't run them so I don't know how good they are. There are also pretty good Grooming Advice pages on both the UK and the USA SCWT Breed Club sites.
    My gentle slicker was a Lawrence, - English make. We may have different makes over here. I would consult your dog's breeder for advice on the best size and brand, or get in touch with a specialist groomer's product supplier.
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    I always used a shedding tool on Pereg to get rid of loose hairs and her undercoat when necessary, especially when she blew it. I had been recommended the Furminator but they are expensive, however I found an imitation one which was very cheap. Actually I bought two, one I gave to my vet to donate to someone who might be in need.

    But I was not happy with it, neither was Pereg, although she had no objection to the shedding blade which worked just fine on her coat.

    Luckily Tikva, who is very short-coated, does not shed, and all I use to groom her is a sort of silicone flexible flat hand-print thing. It has small soft mini-knobs [?] and a loop which goes over the back of my hand, and four little finger loops. It just slips on and as it is like stroking her, she is quite happy. I did try a nice soft brush on her once but she grabbed it and hid it somewhere.

    My rough Griffons needed hand-stripping.

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