Aussie dogs are among the easiest to groom. Their thick wiry coats make it easy to keep them clean and tidy, and they shed little; while other terriers can benefit from brushing regimens as frequent as every 3-4 days. This breed often requires only a weekly or bi-weekly brushing to be kept in perfect shape, thanks to the unique properties of their stiff wire coat.
Indeed, Aussie dogs have such thick hair that it’s sometimes irritating, especially around the eyes. These are either cut or plucked. Otherwise, the only other trimming your dog is likely to require may be a trim of the fur that grows between your dogs’ paw pads.
Country dogs will require more frequent inspection and dog grooming than their urban counterparts. Unless they roll in something truly foul, it is usually best to avoid washing them more than a few times a year.
The breed is also pone to skin problems, and a part of regular dog grooming may be to treat dry or scaling skin. They may also develop horrible red welts when attacked by even just a few fleas. Other problems may involve pimples and black heads, even in older dogs. Many skin maladies clear up after adulthood, which they reach at about a year.
Their ears are upright and do not readily get a build-up of wax like floppy ears do. It is recommended by some that you pluck the hairs on the ears, though it is good to keep in mind that terriers hate to have their ears touched. It’s a good idea to make it a point when spending time with your puppy, to touch his or her ears regularly. It’s also a good idea to make grooming something to look forward to with positive reinforcement in the form of meat bits and praise.
This is especially useful when performing the hated task of dog nail clipping. Many people just take the dog into the vet or groomer’s to have them taken of. Whether you do it yourself of hire out the job, the dog’s nails should be trimmed regularly, with careful attention paid to the dewclaws that don’t get worn down at the same rate as claws that touch the ground. Be very careful when cutting black nails and always be sure to err on the side of caution whenever you can.
It is also important to pay attention to dog dental hygiene with your terrier. There are several kinds of tiny dog toothbrushes even some that fit on your finger. With such small dogs, you can even use a gauze pad and wrap that around your finger. With a very small amount of baking soda or special poultry flavored dog toothpaste, you can keep on this yourself.
Small dogs also have the advantage of being able to chew on real beef bones without suffering splinters. This helps keep your dog’s teeth clean without having to intervene. Dog dental chews are also very effective in keeping your dog’s teeth and breath clean and fresh.