What are some tips to help with Irish wolfhound shedding?


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An owner needs to brush and clip an Irish wolfhound regularly to help deal with its shedding. This dog sheds year round, which requires constant vigilance on the part of the owner.

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What are some tips to help with Irish wolfhound shedding?
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An Irish wolfhound needs to be brushed at least once per week, although twice per week is recommended. During these biweekly grooming sessions, any stray hairs need to be clipped and plucked. To do this, owners can use their fingers to remove overgrown hairs from the dog's ears and thinning scissors to trim the hair around its feet and neck.

Twice per year, owners need to have their dogs professionally groomed or stripped. This process involves removing the dead hair using a stripping knife. The owner needs to use the knife on the belly hair until the wolfhound has a neat, smooth look.

Another important part of grooming an Irish wolfhound is trimming its nails and brushing its teeth regularly. Its nails need to be trimmed once or twice a month so that they cannot be heard making noise on the floor. Natural wear sometimes makes this step unnecessary. When cutting the nails, an owner should avoid cutting too far back on the nail, which can cause bleeding. To prevent gum disease, a wolfhound's teeth need to be brushed at least twice a week.

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