How to groom a Lhasa Apso?
Lhasa Apsos are intelligent and very devoted dogs. These beautiful dogs origin from Tibet and their name means bearded dog: Lhasa – the capital city of Tibet, Apso – in the Tibetan language meaning bearded.
While this dog breed does not require too much physical exercise, the biggest challenge in caring for them is grooming its dense coat. Read the tips below to find out more on how to groom your Lhasa Apso dogs.
First, get your puppy accustomed to lying on his back and/or side for grooming. It is recommended to start doing it when it is still young in order to prevent the inappropriate behaviour. The best time to start grooming and training your dog for it is when it is tired. You might be sure that it will remain still when tired. You should give your Lhasa Apso a bath every 7 to 14 days. However, you should remember about brushings every day during this time. It is also recommended that you visit a professional groomer every six to eight weeks.
Before bathing, brush your Lhasa Apso in order to remove mats and tangles as they might get worse when they are wet. Remember to use a dog shampoo and conditioner in order to maintain proper PH for the skin. Clean your dog’s ears using a cotton ball soaked in ear wash. After bathing, squeeze or blot his coat with a towel but do not rub. Blow-dry the coat at a comfortable temperature with a hairdresser. Spray the dog with water mixed with a small amount of conditioner to make brushing easier and to cut down on static electricity.
You might also use an antistatic spray, detangler or crème rinse. Brush the coat in layers or part the coat during brushing if you wish. Remove a mat by spraying it lightly with conditioner or detangler. Then pull it apart as much as possible with your fingers. Use the end tooth of a comb to loosen the individual hairs. In order to secure the hair back from the eyes you might use barrettes or elastic bands. Trim the hair on the pads of the feet as well.
You should also remove the hair inside your Lhasa Apso’s ears. You might ask your veterinarian first to show you how to do it.
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