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Grooming the Keeshond 

Begin with trimming nails with clippers or dremel.  

Next clean ears with a disinfectant solution on cotton balls.

Place dog in the bathtub and soak the dog with warm water.  I like using a sports bottle with a push/pop up top adding shampoo product so it covers the bottom 3 inches of the bottle.   Fill with tepid water and shake. I liberally distribute the shampoo evenly throughout the coat.  This eliminates having it heavy in certain areas when applying to palms of your hand and rubbing together. 

 

Leave shampoo in coat 3-5 minutes. 

Rinse out all shampoo and follow with a light conditioner again using a sports bottle or you can use a spray bottle and lightly mist the coat. 

Rinse out conditioner thoroughly.

 

 

 

 

Remove excess water by using a moisture magnet or car magnet. 

After this procedure wrap dog in a towel like a turban.

This will remove all the excess moisture from the dog.  Let dog stand in towel wrapping for 5-7 minutes.

 

 

You are now ready to blow dry your Keeshond. 

Using a high velocity dryer blowing the coat so you can see the skin, hold the nozzle a distance from the body allowing the hair to fan out but not close enough that the hair does not fold back in on itself. 

 

When blow drying in this matter you are able to see any skin problems, insect bites, bruises or bumps. 

After you have completed blow drying, line brush, trim feet like a cat foot (nice and rounded), hocks and pasterns. 

Trim slightly around bum so as not to accumulate "cling-ons". 

Remember to make this a pleasurable experience for both you and your dog. One bad grooming session can wreck a dog or puppy so that the don't enjoy being groomed. 

Never groom your dog if you are anxious or angry. 

Dogs are sensitive and as with your show lead is like a line of communication to your dog,  your grooming loop is a direct communication to your dog as well.

For grooming in between bathing, you will need a spray bottle, universal brush (red slicker brush). 

Line brush your dog gently misting the dog in between.

This allows the brush to flow easily through the coat with out tearing or breakage of the coat.  This will keep your dog looking nice between grooms. Never use a shedding blade or rake, this is painful and will hurt your Keeshond.

  

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