Bernese Mountain Dogs are known for their striking, beautiful, silky coat. Keeping your Berner's coat healthy requires regular maintenance. Two or three times a week, the coat needs to be brushed through. Most of the work can be done with a soft slicker brush. The slicker brush will remove dead hair, mats, and tangles. Start at the legs and little by little work upward. Pay special attention to the areas that are more prone to knots, such as under the ears, belly and armpits. The longer areas of the coat such as the chest, and pants, need extra attention. Use a detangling comb on the knots. I recommend using Cowboy Magic on their coat to help with detangling and promote shine. I buy it online from Valley Vet. Male Berners usually have longer chest hair than females, and need more attention to the chest than females. During the shedding season, use a rake to remove most of the loose hair first, then follow with a soft slicker brush and detangling comb. Frequency of bathing depends on how quickly your Berner gets dirty or has that "doggy" odor. Excessive bathing can cause as many problems as insufficient bathing. Bernese Mountain Dogs require less bathing than many other breeds as their coat easily sheds dirt, especially with a little help from brushing. When bathing, use a good quality dog shampoo as other shampoos can cause skin irritation. We like Top Performance Wonder Plum available from Pet Edge.
Your Bernese Mountain Dog's nails should be kept short. Human finger nail clippers work well for young puppies. As the dog grows, canine clippers or an electronic grinder such as the Dremel with a stone attachment can be used. Near the base and inside the dog's nail is a tender pink tissue called the quick. You will be able to see the quick inside white nails, but not inside black nails. A longer nail will have a longer quick. Avoid cutting the quick as it is painful for your Berner and will bleed. Keep styptic power on hand to stop the bleeding should the quick be cut. Introduce your Berner to nail cutting as a puppy by regularly handling its feet and clipping its nails. Here is a link to a video to show you how to clip your dog's nails.
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