If you have a soft-coated wheaten terrier, you will know that combing and brushing is an important part of their grooming routine. So it’s important to know how to properly brush and comb their fur. This includes knowing exactly which tools should be used and in which order.
Why Brushing and Combing Your Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier is Important
Regular brushing and combing of your pupper is crucial for maintaining their coat’s health and well-being. Neglecting to do so can lead to a host of problems, including: matting, skin irritation, and even infection.
By regularly brushing and combing your doggo, you can remove tangles and mats that can cause discomfort and pain. Brushing also helps to distribute natural oils throughout their coat, keeping it shiny and healthy. Regular grooming also provides an opportunity to check for any skin irritations, bumps, or lumps that may require veterinary attention. By catching these issues early, you can ensure that your soft-coated wheaten terrier receives prompt and appropriate care.
Another important aspect that may be overlooked, is that regular grooming also provides an opportunity for bonding between your doggo and you. Take that time to cultivate a trusting and special bond between the two of you. This will not only bring you closer to your pooch, but allow them to complete the necessary grooming ritual in a safe and loving way. This will create positive lasting effects, especially when they then transition to regular groomer or veterinary appointments.
Brushing also helps to remove dirt, debris, and loose hair, which can reduce shedding. This also helps to reduce the amount of loose hair and pet dander within your home; thus reducing the increased risk of exposure for allergy sufferers.
It is recommended to brush your soft-coated wheaten terrier at least once a week.
What You’ll Need
Before you start brushing and combing your wheaten terrier, make sure you have the following:
- Brush Types
- A pin brush or slicker brush
- Comb Types
- A wide -tooth comb
- A fine -tooth comb
- Other Tools
- A mat table or high surface
- A detangling spray or conditioning treatment
- A mat splitter
- A treat to reward for good behavior
Preparing to Brush and Comb Your Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
It is important to start the grooming process as early as possible. For pupper up to 4 months of age, you should brush several days a week with a metal pin brush in order to begin to establish a grooming routine. Always make sure to remain patient and gentle when completing. Place the puppy on an elevated surface with a non-slip mat such as a dog grooming table in order to complete the grooming routine (brushing, combing, teeth, and nails). Get them comfortable lying on their side and standing while on the higher surface. Just make sure you grab all the necessary equipment required prior to placing your pup up high, and if you have forgotten something then lower them back down to the floor so as you’re making sure not to leave them on a high surface unattended.
Bringing them to a higher work surface will not only signal to your pup that ‘now it’s time for the grooming routine,’ but will also save your back. It will allow you to have proper body mechanics, which will become especially important as they become bigger and stronger. Also, please make sure to incorporate praise and treats prior to and after completing the grooming routine. This will not only help solidify the bonding experience, but will signal to your pupper that the grooming process is a safe and loving space for them.
How to Brush a Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
- You should start by removing all mats, dirt, debris, and loose hair from their coat. Attempt to use your fingers firstly, by gently pulling apart small sections at a time and working your way from outermost mat sections and moving closer to the skin. You can use your comb or metal rake to assist, trying to work the tangle out delicately and in small sections at a time. And a detangling spray is always a good option in order to ease the tangles out more freely.
- You will use a technique called line brushing, which is when you systematically part the hair into sections and brush small sections at a time in order to ensure that the whole length of the hair is brushed. You should be able to see a distinct line in the hair with the part, creating a visible ‘line’. Make sure to brush from the skin to the tips of the strands. And remember to hold the brush flat, as having it at an angle can rip the hair or end up scratching the dog’s skin.
- To brush, you will use a pin brush. Start at the body. You can brush the back, working your way closer to the spine. Remember to brush section by section, and in the direction of hair growth. When brushing, always work your way to the skin, being especially gentle the closer to the skin you get. Be extra gentle when moving towards the chest, as this is usually a sensitive area.
- When brushing the legs, they can lay on their back or in standing; whichever you prefer and works best for you and your pupper. If laying on their back, you can hold the leg up in the air. When brushing the legs, lift the top leg and brush the underside of the bottom leg and repeat until all four legs are brushed. Start at the intersection where the leg meets the body. Brush in small sections. Pay special attention to the armpits, as this area is prone to matting. Make sure you brush to the skin with every brush stroke, but be mindful not to scratch the skin.
- For the tail, you will start at the base and work your way to the tip. Remember to be gentle, as this is a sensitive area.
- Gently brush the face. Pay special attention to the eyes and ears, making sure not to get too close as it could be painful if you accidentally poked them in the eye.
How to Comb a Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
- Start with the head, using a wide-tooth comb. Start at the bottom of the chin and work your way up the face. Remember to comb in the direction of hair growth.
- Next move to the ears. Comb down vertically in the direction of the hair growth.
- Then the chest, starting at the closest point to the chin and working your way down. Continue to comb down in the direction of the hair growth. Make sure to be gentle around the sensitive belly area.
- Then the sides, while alternating laying on each side. Remember to comb in the direction of the hair growth.
- Then the front legs and then the back legs, starting at the furthest most point of the toes and working your way up to the thigh. Pay special attention to the intersection where the legs meet the body, as this area is prone to matting.
- Lastly, the tail.
- If the tangle or mat is too difficult to remove with a comb, you can use a mat splitter. A mat splitter is a tool that has a small razor blade that can cut through the mat without harming your dog’s skin. However, use it with caution and only if necessary.
- After removing all tangles and mats, finish combing your dog’s coat with a fine-toothed comb. This will help to remove any remaining loose hair and leave your dog’s coat looking shiny and healthy.
Tips for Maintaining Your Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
- Brush their entire coat at least once a week
- Use a pin brush or *slicker brush to remove tangles and mats. (Slicker brushes should only be used by professionals, because if used incorrectly, it will be very painful)
- Use a comb to remove loose hair and debris.
- Be gentle and avoid pulling or tugging on the coat.
- Pay special attention to areas that are prone to tangles, such as behind the ears and under the legs.
- If you encounter a mat, use your fingers first. A detangling spray and/or dematting tool or scissors to carefully remove it are also options.
- Always give a treat and praise for good behavior.
By following these tips, you can maintain your soft-coated wheaten terrier’s coat and keep it looking healthy and shiny.
As long as you are able to maintain regular brushing, shedding will be minimal.