General Guideline for Glenn Grooming
This is very simplified instruction how for grooming. Your own breeder will give you more detailed training for grooming your dog.
Glen of Imaal Terrier is a hairy dog; if you leave your dog without picking, only give him brushing now and then, I can swear that you cannot tell which end bites even with age of one or so. Picking has to be done to all Glen, future B.I.S or couch potato. Grooming IS NOT difficult, but it has to be done either being future best of breed or “Joe the bushwacker”
Following is just GENERAL tips how to get started and how to continue. You will learn doing, you have the specimen in front of you…Just crab a dog and start picking something. You cannot do anything irreversible, it will grow back, scissor traces will vanish in two weeks.
Believe or not, but first Glens I Trimmed, showed like stub-feet wheaten Scottish hounds; very long-and narrow-headed, chest digged out etc. This was because my mother was and still is breeding Scottish Hounds, and I was the one trimming and grooming them.
TRIMMING OF THE PUPPY
This puppy has not yet been started to trim.
Here the black and pointing puppy-coat has been partially removed
Puppy coat has to be trimmed at the age of 3-4 months, in order to get new coat to grow through. When puppy coat starts to “stand stiff”, tighten skin with your other hand and start picking with thumb-forefinger –grip gently from the very tip of the coat. Wheaten Glens it is easy to say when it is time to do this, as the new darker coat can be seen under the old one. Remove old coat from the neck, back and sides all the way down to elbows. Keep the form as the adults have. Don’t stress your puppy by trimming everything at once, but if your target is to get good harsh coat, let him get use to it by trimming him little by little. Use scissors to cut ear hair when they get about 1cm long, also use scissors to cut off the tangles in under arms and groin’s. It is good to get your dog used to pick his ears since puppy. Although ears get also easily irritated, so don’t do it all the time. Overall “maintenance” of the dog is much easier to start when he weighs 5 kg. Personally I don’t find wrestling with 20kg Glen that attractive, done that and it is not that intriguing.
TRIMMING THE ADULT
Note the beautiful neck- and top line with clean tail after trimming.
Grown-up Glen has very much hair and if not treated, outline is buried underneath untrimmed coat. Put the dog to the table and look at it…This is the most important phase. You cannot know what to trim if you don’t know how your dog looks like and most important HOW IT SHOULD LOOK. Firstly you have to check if there is new coat coming through the old one. You can see it as dark layer just at the root of the coat. Neck of the Glen has to be mid-length, seamlessly joining to the top-line. Body has to be sturdy, longer than its length, and muscular thighs and hind quarters has to be clearly seen. These things cannot be seen if the coat is too long, so too long coat has to be removed. Scull should be broad, but not to narrow muzzle, you can impress this with the length of the coat, so trim accordingly. Glens has to have good bone , dog with good bone in legs can have less hair in his feet, and skinny and twisted legged dogs has to have more hair. These basic things are often forgotten. If you have long legged dog, you have to leave hair under stomach longer. On the contrary stubby legged dogs hair is kept as short as possible. Forechest and throat is picked as short as you can. This brings the broad forechest out and gives more carriage and substance to the dog in general.
. On Show dogs leght of back hair should be at least 5 cm long, so it is good to think in advance when to change the coat. Time to time I have got feedback from too short coats on my dogs. Well, in order to get THE coat, you have to pick them to the “bone” from time to time.