Dematting is a very important task in hair grooming. Hairs stuck together and shaggy hairs do not only provide the dogs an ill-kempt appearance, but they are also the hiding place for different parasites, and it may be also the hotbed of diseases. In the case of dematting, the purpose is to fully free the fur from tangles, the dense undercoat should be dematted, and the dead hairs should be removed. The dematting has to be always done in the direction the hairs are growing in such a manner that the hairs have to be brushed from their stems towards their ends.
If untreated, chronic ear disease can result in ongoing discomfort as well as thickening and narrowing of the ear canal which may need surgical correction. Otitis externa (or disease of the outer ear) can also spread inwards and affect the middle ear leading to head tilt and loss of balance. If you want to know exactly how to prevent ear problems for your dog just keep reading!
The expression Belgian Shepherd covers the Groenendael, the Tervueren, the Lakenoís and the Malinois. These species differ from each other both as regards color and hair type. They are the great favorites of sportsmen, they are very good working dogs, however when working the hairs of the dogs also undergo bigger stress, therefore they definitely need to be groomed.
The Irish Wolf Hound has stringy hair, and therefore it has to be trimmed. A soft undercoat is hidden under the hard and rough outer coat of the largest hound species. The most experienced owners continuously remove the hairs, however in the case of a show, 4 weeks prior to the event a complete trimming has to be done.