How to Groom a Sheltie { or Long Haired Dog } – Part 1

Grooming your dog can be a pleasant bonding experience for you and your pup, not to mention a great money saver for someone interested in going the DIY route. Having your long haired dog professionally groomed can run anywhere between $60 – $80 depending on the size of your dog, and over time that can really add up! It also avoids unnecessary stress on a dog that shows anxiety when being left with a groomer.

I like to bathe my sheltie about every two weeks, but we’ve gone longer than that between washes. Once a month would even be adequate, but I love how soft she is after a fresh bath, so my ideal schedule is twice a month. Here’s the “how to” video:

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Here is a list of tools that I use to groom my sheltie. We’ve tried other tools over the years, but these are my go-tos that I would recommend getting if you don’t already have them on hand. I’ll explain what each tool is, what I use it for and why, and also provide a link to them on Amazon.

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Grooming Supplies:

Dog_ShampooDog Shampoo

This is definitely an obvious one, but I just wanted to give some suggestions on what to buy. I try to use a dog shampoo made from natural ingredients. I do NOT use a shampoo that boasts to kill fleas and ticks because these shampoos typically contain harsh chemicals.

Side story: I once ran out of dog shampoo so I just grabbed what we had in the cabinet, which was actually cat shampoo that said it kills fleas and ticks. I used it on Lola (my sheltie) and also my stepmom’s cat (who we were kitty sitting). The cat threw-up like 3 times after licking her fur post-bath, and Lola had a seizure that night. These chemicals are not good for our pets, so please try to go the natural route whenever possible.

Any soap that gives a good lather will kill fleas because they suffocate when coated with soap. If you’re using a good flea medicine every month like Comfortis, you probably won’t have many fleas to kill anyway. The shampoo I use is Wahl 4 in 1 Shampoo in the Lavender Chamomile scent. It cleans, conditions, detangles, and moisturizes… and it smells good too. My local Publix carries this, but you can also find it on Amazon here. We tend to use a lot of shampoo on Lola just because she has so much hair, so don’t skimp on the lather. My sister can make a bottle of shampoo last like a year on her two short-haired dogs, but with a sheltie in the house we’re lucky if we get 5-6 shampoos out of one bottle.


The FURminator is an excellent tool for removing the excess hair in your dog’s undercoat. It’s definitely not cheap, but it’s the best thing I’ve used for this purpose. They sell these in pet stores or you can buy it online here. Make sure you get the one specifically for long haired dogs because the other versions are smaller and make the process take a lot longer.

Dog_combMetal Toothed Comb

There are tons of different brushes out there, but when it comes down to detangling fur, I much prefer a simple metal toothed comb. There’s a good looking one here, or this De-Matting Comb by Safari looks promising.

Dog_scissorsHair Cutting Scissors

You will also need a pair of hair cutting scissors. The pair that I have are made entirely of metal and have a sharp point on them. If you think your dog will not lay still during the process you might want to consider a pair of scissors that don’t have a sharp point. Lola will lay pretty still while I’m working on her, so we haven’t had a problem. I definitely think the sharp point helps though when you’re cutting the hair on the back of their back legs (part of the “bikini trim”) because the point allows you to separate the hair easily. You want to use caution regardless of what kind of scissors you use, but use your best judgment.

Dog_dremelDoggie Dremel

We love our doggie Dremel for filing our dogs’ nails! Our chihuahua has mostly black nails, so it’s difficult to see where the quick begins. We’re also able to get a much smoother edge with this than you’d get with clippers.

Dog_earcleanerEar Cleaner

It’s definitely a good idea to have a good ear cleaner around for your dog. Rubbing a few drops into their ears before a bath is part of our regular routine.

Dog_toothbrushToothbrush & Tooth Paste

We usually try to brush our dogs’ teeth before bath time, too. Lola tolerates it very well, but Peaches (our chihuahua) throws a duck fit when we try to brush her teeth. This is a good kit because the brush has two different sizes on each end, as well as a finger puppet style toothbrush and tooth paste.


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