Border Collies have a beautiful double coat that offers great protection from cold weather, but that also requires some grooming. If your Border Collie is a working dog and you don’t intend to display him in conformation shows the grooming doesn’t need to be as extensive and detailed, but he would still appreciate an occasional brushing, as this helps him with his seasonal shedding.

Generally, it is good to start grooming your dog while he is still a puppy. He might not actually need the grooming then, but it is much easier to get him used to it while he is young, and he will also be much easier to contain. Trying to get an adult, strong and vital Border Collie accustomed to grooming can be a daunting task indeed.

The first part of the grooming is the brushing of his fur. You should use a pin brush that you’ll gently brush his coat with in a downward motion. Do this softly and slowly, his long hairs can get matted, if you’re not careful you could pull too hard on these entangled hairs and hurt the dog. Untangle, or if you must, cut off the mats when you come across them. As Collies are often kept as working dogs you should also check his skin for parasites. Ticks are often found near sheep and it wouldn’t be surprising if some of them got latched onto your dog. If you do find a tick bite, don’t try to just pull the tick out, instead cover the bite with Vaseline and wait till the tick comes out for air. Once he does remove him and cover the bite with antibiotic ointment.

Every once in while you might want to give your dog a bath. He probably won’t be too happy about it, but after a couple of baths he should (grudgingly) accept it. Slowly soak his fur while making sure that you don’t get any water in his eyes, ears or nose. You can put cotton plugs in his ears, just be careful not to push them too far in. Cover him with a mild shampoo that you should leave in for a while and then thoroughly rinse out. Make sure that there is none left in the fur as it might cause irritation.

Once this is done you’ll want to dry him off. People usually use a towel for initial drying and a blow dryer for finish. Don’t set the dryer to a high temperature though, the dog will not find it too pleasant. Once you’re done you might want to trim his fur and possibly nails. Clipping nails can be a bit risky as you can cause bleeding if you cut it too high. If you’re not experienced at this you might want to skip that part, leave it to a professional or use a file instead. Check the dog’s ears for infections; it might be a god idea to apply antibiotic ear wash as it will prevent them altogether.…